Jacqueline was honored with a Leader of the Month award this past Friday, June 24th, at the Latinas in Business 2022 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit (WEES).
With the theme of SUCCESS, the 2022 WEES event featured panels with women leaders as speakers, sharing their stories of entrepreneurship, overcoming challenges, and achieving success as women and minorities.
“Don’t let anyone else tell you how to measure your success. Measure it in your own terms, within your own aspirations, and in the achievement of your own dreams,” said Latinas in Business President Susana G Baumann in an article defining the event’s theme of SUCCESS.
As one of the event’s sponsors, Investors Bank is committed to helping small businesses succeed through banking and lending solutions. Their goal is simple: To help customers, colleagues and communities reach their potential. To learn more about Investors Bank visit investorsbank.com
Jacqueline’s career journey is one of immigrant success, thriving and overcoming obstacles and adversity to rise up in her career and become a leader in the investment banking field.
Like many immigrants, Jacqueline faced challenges early on. Moving from Ecuador to the US in 2002, she had to adapt to a totally new culture and way of life.
“I was lucky to have learned the language at an early stage in my life,” she says, “But still I felt like sometimes I did not know what they were telling me, but I never gave up.”
Jacqueline persisted through challenges and continued to learn and grow, taking advantage of all the opportunities that came her way. Through her determination, dedication, and strong work ethic, Jacqueline’s banking career blossomed and she soon rose through the ranks.
“I started my career in banking in 2003 -19 years ago- as a bank teller at American Savings Bank in Bloomfield, NJ, which merged with Investors Bank in 2009. After being a bank teller for a few months, I was promoted to be a banker, also worked in back office, Assistant Branch Manager and then Branch Manager at the Point Pleasant Office location. In 2011 I got my Life Insurance License.”
Today she is a dedicated and technically skilled business professional with an extensive fund of operations, banking and administrative knowledge and currently serves as an AVP-Branch Manager of Investors Bank.
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Her journey is one of immigrant success. Starting her career from the ground up, in a new country, with limited knowledge of the culture, adapting and growing along the way Jacqueline’s story is an inspiration to other immigrants and minority women looking to achieve their dreams.
“My advice to minority women is keep learning and trying,” Jacqueline says. “I just kept doing and trying my best by learning new things, new programs, being involved in every new project that was presented at my job. There are resources out there that you can take advantage of, to become more successful.”
Your dreams are possible. Your goals are attainable. Success is achievable. It’s time to thrive and make your dreams a reality!