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These four women have broken the glass ceiling and become formidable forces in the financial industry. Learn how they did it when they share their backgrounds and success stories at this no-fee panel on March 21st from 11:00a-1:00p at the BMO Tower.
Denisse Pachuca have been in banking for over 18 years. Denisse joined BMO Harris Bank in 2009 and my most current position is Sr Manager, Industry Verticals. Denisse is the Wisconsin presence for our Women in Business and Black, LatinX and Native American Small Business Program whose mission is to equip minority business owners with access to capital, educational resources and access to partnerships with other local organizations as an alternate resource for lending and educational support. Denisse enjoy sharing my knowledge and providing financial education and solutions in our local communities which aides our local business owners in reaching their business and personal financial goals.Denisse is often viewed as a trusted advisor to the customers that Denisse has had the pleasure to work with. Denisse has been married for over 23 years and have 3 children. Denisse was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Milwaukee in the late 80’s. Denisse’s hobbies include: reading, dancing, working out and going on walks weather permitting.
Kelly Turnquist (D’Amato) has been in banking for over 25 years. As a former M&I employee, Kelly rejoined BMO in 2019 as a VP, Relationship Manager in their Financial Wellness group called Bank at Work. The program is designed to equip businesses and organizations with an additional tool in their benefits package for recruitment, retention, and productivity. Kelly is very passionate about providing financial education to our community and helping companies and organizations achieve engagement with their teams by ensuring they are financially well.
Kelly is an active participant in TEMPO Milwaukee since 2018 and is on the Membership committee. Kelly is married to her husband Brian and they have three boys together. In her spare time she enjoys attending concerts, cheering on the Brewers, Packers, and Bucks, spending time with family, and playing with her two dogs.
Vachon Harper-Young, Vice President and Senior Manager of Vertical Industry Programs Co-Heads the BMO for Women, Black, Latinx and Native-owned Businesses a $300 million, five- year commitment aimed at breaking down barriers faced by minority businesses helping to drive an inclusive economic recovery. She has been in banking for over 25 years in a variety of sales, management and individual contributor roles joining BMO Harris in 2003 as part of the inaugural Business Banking Micro Lending team. She received the Award of Excellence as a top lender and has received the Raising the BAR Leadership Award from BMO Alliance for Women Chicago. Throughout her banking career, Vachon Harper-Young has been supporting small businesses as a trusted advisor providing access to capital and business education training. She is most proud of the opportunity to have launched the BMO for Black and Latinx Business special purpose credit program and being a part of the program’s expansion to Women and Native-owned businesses. She is an active member of the Chicagoland community serving as The Idea Candidates Board Chair, Board Member for the Association House of Chicago, a member of the Allies for Community Business (CDFI) Portfolio Advisory Council, Program Director at Freedom Hillside Church, Board Advisor to the John Walt Foundation, a member of the NAACP and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Vachon earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Illinois State University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Letticia Flores Poole
Letticia Flores Poole has been in banking for over 20yrs. Joined BMO Harris Bank in 2016 current role of Co-Head for BMO for Black and Latinx Small Business Program. Recently awarded the Best Small Business Product amongst 700 others – showcasing the resiliency and the commitment for our local communities. Letticia has had the pleasure of providing financial education and solutions to Small Businesses. Letticia enjoys educating and helping people in our communities reach their financial goals through teaching, coaching and connecting. Letticia is viewed as a trusted advisor to the businesses that Letticia has work with. Letticia recently had the opportunity to work with our State of Minority Small Business group, where she helped our minority businesses voices be heard. Letticia has been a part of multiple organizations from Non-profits to resource groups throughout my career, where Letticia held multiple positions on the board from President to Treasurer to Member at Large. To name a few Supporting Professionals Network Association, South Chicago Chamber, Northwest Connection Chamber, Latinas in Childcare, North side Latinos Progress. Letticia is married with one son and one bonus daughter and 2 grand kids. Born and raised in Chicago. Loves to bike ride and explore new bike paths.
March 21, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Venue: BMO Tower