According to the trivia game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," everything in Hollywood is connected to the same ubiquitous actor. For Cincinnati, the name of the game is Kay Geiger. Pick a landmark or institution "” the Cincinnati Art Museum, Miami University, the Cincinnati Ballet, Playhouse in the Park "” and she shows up as a supporter, contributor or board member.

The regional president of PNC Bank is so busy, so involved, she seems to be everywhere at once.

First woman president of a local bank: check.

Trustee at Miami and Corporate Woman of the Year (2008) from the university's School of Business: check.

Board member at 3CDC, the YWCA, Bridges for a Just Community, the Anthony Munoz Foundation, CincyTech, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio Business Roundtable and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber: check, check, check.

Exceeded the Goal

Geiger led the local United Way campaign in 2011 and exceeded the goal. She has been honored as a Woman of Spirit (Hebrew Union College), a Woman of Distinction (Western Ohio Girl Scouts) and Woman of the Year twice (YWCA and Chamber of Commerce).

She has been a strong supporter of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops, Art Museum, ArtsWave, Ballet and Playhouse in the Park, among others.

At her day job, Geiger runs PNC's regional network of 1,600 employees at nearly 100 branches in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Her banking resume covers more than 30 years and includes Star Banc, Firstar and US Bancorp before joining PNC in 2008.

And somehow she has also found the time to visit more than 40 countries.

When she received a leadership award "” one of many "” from Hebrew Union College last fall, she said, "I think about community service like this: We can do something, even though we cannot do everything."

Yet she seems to do everything.

Kay Geiger was an easy choice for Cincy magazine's Power 100 this year. Although she's too modest to think of herself as one of Cincinnati's most powerful leaders, her quiet contributions and can-do leadership are an inspiration, a model of the Cincinnatus tradition of selfless service that puts jewels in the crown of the Queen City.

One of her favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Although she has toured more foreign countries than National Geographic, she describes Cincinnati as "probably one of the most caring, giving, philanthropic and generous communities that exists in the world."

It doesn't take six degrees to connect the dots between those two statements. They point back to Kay Geiger.

Your community service covers philanthropy, economic development and education. What do you think are the biggest issues for our region?

Our region must remain focused on education, talent and jobs.  A strong and competitive workforce, centered on an inclusive and innovative educational system, is paramount to our future as we seek to attract and retain talent and businesses. Children being prepared for kindergarten and adults that are equipped for the jobs of the future assure our long-term success in a challenging global economy.

How have the power structure and leadership changed in the Tristate?

Regional leadership is engaged more collaboratively than ever before.  The diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem that continues to accelerate ... has created incredible momentum and is bringing innovation, jobs, new capital and talent to our region. We have a rich history of outstanding companies, world-class healthcare institutions and universities. Leveraging our partnerships will help us grow and compete more successfully than other cities.

What would you change, if you could, about Cincinnati?

Now is the time to capitalize on the momentum of our region's renaissance. Each of us needs to believe in our strengths and tell our story more broadly. The Cincinnati USA brand is only as strong as its ambassadors.  We are our greatest advocates and therefore, we each have a role to play.

Who are the leaders in Cincinnati who are making an impact?  

We have been privileged to have some of the world's best leaders in all sectors, both public and private, not just in their professional leadership and business acumen, but in their personal commitment to making our region strong.  I truly believe that their collective impact is far greater than any one leader.

What are your economic expectations for Greater Cincinnati this year?

Economic growth here will be slow, but steady in 2013. For the most part, the area's major employers survived the recession and are now looking forward to improved local and national market conditions. Our local payroll growth outpaced the U.S. throughout most of 2012.  The region lowered its unemployment rate more quickly than the nation, but additional advances will be kept to a minimum as workers' confidence in the recovery improves and the labor force expands at a faster rate.  It will likely take the region until early 2016 to recoup the jobs lost during the Great Recession.

Do you think the housing/real estate market is rebounding?

The local housing market has less damage from which to recover than other cities, and this will give consumers a head start on rebuilding their wealth. Home prices will rise more quickly than the national average in 2013, given the better balance between supply and demand. However, in light of weak population growth over the long term, home building and sales are unlikely to match pre-recession levels in the foreseeable future. The recovery of commercial real estate will be slower than that of the residential sector. With construction subdued, office vacancy has stabilized but remains well above the national average.  As our local economy grows moderately, businesses will likely be cautious about expansion plans, and this will result in slow absorption of office space.

How does PNC stack up in growth since you took over in 2008, when it was fourth in local deposits?

PNC's strong performance is driven by our customer growth and focused investments in talent and technology. Our success reflects the strength of our brand, our employees and the continued confidence of the customers we serve.

What plans does PNC have for the coming year?

PNC will continue to be a strong partner to our clients and our community. We will serve our customers at the highest level and strategically invest in the region's most important economic and community development activities to drive business growth, a healthy economy and strong neighborhoods. What is good for our region is good for PNC.

What do you like best about living and working in Cincinnati?

Our individual ability to truly make a difference. ... To me, our rich heritage is profoundly shaped by a spirit of generosity, passion for purpose, leadership and stewardship.

Who do you consider your mentor?

Sister Jean Patrice Harrington (former president of the College of Mount St. Joseph) has been a great friend and mentor to me. Throughout her career, she was a tenacious leader and a force for change in our community. She really took an interest in me and shared her lessons in leadership along the way. I will always remember one very important piece of advice that she gave me: "Always ask the right questions."

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working or serving your community?

I enjoy traveling with my family, sports and experiencing the many great cultural activities in our region.