Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniella Branger.
Hi Daniella, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Valencia, Venezuela to Venezuelan- Italian parents, my siblings and I grew up in a multi-cultural family, speaking Spanish and Italian. We moved to the United States of America when I was 7 years old, without knowing a single word of English. Our parents always taught us the importance of treating others equally no matter what their background was, expanding your knowledge via education, and always having a drive to do things we are passionate about. That foundation led to where I am today. After moving to the U.S.A, we settled in Colorado where attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, and earned a bachelor’s in Political Science. My last semester at CU Boulder I decided to take a job as a part-time teller at U.S. Bank to add to my resume before entering “the real world”. Soon after graduation, I became more and more passionate about finance and how I could apply all of my personal core passions to my work. 8 years later I still feel that same passion at U.S. Bank, currently as a Vice President – Business Banking Sales Manager in the Denver Market. Throughout my career and life, I have learned the importance of always expanding your horizon, asking questions, learning something new every day. Speaking 4 languages (French being the 4th) has allowed me to expand my horizons when it comes to culture and understanding others’ perspectives. I have held multiple roles at the bank and have been lucky to surround myself with mentors in life who continue to push me to be the best version of myself. Throughout all of this my continuous, most important mission has been and will continue to be giving back to those around me. I believe this is what makes us all a more united front and a better community. I feel very blessed to be a part of several non-profits in the Denver area, including Girls Inc, Junior Achievement, and sitting on the associate board of Denver Scholarship Fund and U.S. Bank’s Nostros Latinos Business Resource Group. Empowering the younger generation to find their passion and help others will not only drive our city and community forward but also create a generation that will be ready to do the same for those that come after them.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As with anything in life, you will always have challenges, it will always be a matter of perspective and how you approach them. I have had plenty of challenges and have always remembered to look at the bigger picture. Immigrating from a country that was falling apart at the early age of 7, I did not fully understand the reason “why”, I just knew my parents were looking for a safer life and that life was in the United States. Throughout that same time, I had to attend a new school, in a new country, without knowing the language and was consistently confused as to why kids didn’t want to be friends because I couldn’t communicate. Our parents kept emphasizing the importance of treating other equally, not being discouraged, and continuing to learn along the way. A couple months later my siblings and I did just that…spoke English perfectly and continued to create lifelong friendships by applying those principles. Similar things have come up as challenges in my career, as many have experienced. One of the most important things that I learned from a mentor of mine, Patrina Pettry, is to “Own your seat at the table, by being your authentic self”. This is more than just a saying; it has become a mindset for me.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As a Vice President- Business Banking Sales Manager I lead a team of 14 that consists of Business Banking Specialists, Relationship Managers, Development Consultants, and Money Movement Consultants with a common goal to help Small Businesses in our community achieve their highest potential. Last year I was honored to receive the Legends of Possible Award at U.S. Bank, which is the highest distinction one can earn, which made me extremely proud of the work my team and I accomplished in 2020, specializing in the Payment Protection Program which helped thousands of businesses in our community.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
One of the most important lessons I have learned along my journey has been to be open to opportunities in life, as you never know where they may lead you. This will allow you to continuously develop yourself and grow into a better version of yourself.
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