For 31 years, Head of Community and Business Development of JPMorgan Chase Bank, Alice Rodriguez, has seen first-hand the transformation. Holding several roles gave Alice the skills and perspective to lead and coach her own team.
YOU HAVE been recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful women in business--what does this mean for you personally and career wise?
I am honored to be named one of the Most Powerful Latinas in Business for the 2nd year in a row. I know that I stand on the shoulders of many great Latinas like my mother. She did not have the benefit of higher education but she was a go getter and did not let obstacles get in her way. She was a wonderful role model and this recognition is for her. From a career perspective, it is important to me to be a great role model for all the women in the organization and especially women of color. I receive notes all the time from Latinas and other women of color telling me the appreciate seeing someone like them in a senior role and receiving this type of recognition. I want to ensure I do my job and give back.
How did you arrive at your current position at JPMorgan Chase and which aspect of the finance industry do you find most fascinating?
I have been with the bank for 31 years and was fortunate to get the opportunity to be named Head of Community and Business Development less than a year ago. I have held several executive roles in several lines of business including Business Banking, Chase Wealth Management and Consumer Banking and this was an opportunity to use my client and field experience in a role that allows me to develop the strategy for our everyday consumers. I had worked with my current boss when we were both in other roles several years ago and when she became CEO of the Consumer Bank, we had the opportunity to reconnect. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and plan to do just that. The part of the finance industry that I find most fascinating is the transformation that is occurring. Consumers have many choices and I think we have a unique opportunity to deliver value and a great client experience in convenient ways.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the people I work with and my job allows me to interact with more internal and external individuals. In addition, we have a very unique culture which I would describe as a tribe. Everyone has each other's back and is looking to win together.
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