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CONGRATULATIONS LUCIA GIBBONS ON HELPING WELL'S FARGO MAKE TOP 50

CONGRATULATIONS LUCIA GIBBONS ON HELPING WELL'S FARGO MAKE TOP 50

Wells Fargo's northern New Jersey regional president, Lucia DiNapoli Gibbons, is responsible for retail operations in 11 counties, which includes 157 retail branches and nearly 1,600 team members. She spoke to DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti about her experience working in the banking industry and how diversity-management initiatives have made her branches more competitive.

Wells Fargo & Co. is No. 40 in The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity thanks to one woman.

INTERVIEW

Luke Visconti: Lucia, you're a senior executive woman in a very powerful business role in a very high-powered area of our country. What do you think has made you successful as a woman executive in an organization like this?

Lucia DiNapoli Gibbons: The core of it is building great relationships with people … I don't think you can accomplish anything without connecting to people and understanding them and building relationships. That's something I've been good at from the very beginning of my career as a relationship manager—building relationships with businesses. I've carried that through every aspect of my career.

Visconti: Only 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, yet if you look at the same age cohort, more than half the people who have four-year degrees are women. What do you attribute the gap to?

Gibbons: In part, Luke, it's time, and I think with a little bit more time—and I even see this in my own company—the ranks of middle to senior management are starting to swell. I'm really confident that over the next five years, we'll see some pretty significant change at the senior-most positions in organizations.

Visconti: What career advice can you share with women who desire a senior position?

Gibbons: Sometimes, as females, we can get very focused on the task at hand, and that's great because that helps you drive performance. You've got to demonstrate performance in order to move ahead, but we cannot lose sight of networking—networking with each other, networking with people throughout our organization. We have to take care of ourselves in that way.

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Article by LUKE VISCONTI, Diversity Inc | Read full article here