FirstBank believes there’s unity in diversity. In February, we observe Black History Month by recognizing and celebrating some of FirstBank’s strongest Black and African American leaders.

Today, we’re featuring FirstBank Board of Directors member, the Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth.

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Years at FirstBank: 2 years

Other positions held with organizations/boards:

Chief Government and Community Relations Officer – Denver Health

President/Chair of the Board for the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee for the historic Democratic National Convention

President of the Denver Union Station Project Authority Board of Directors

Past Chairwoman for the Downtown Denver Partnership Inc.

Served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Redlands in Redlands, California

Describe your experience in getting to where you are today.

I have never let circumstances define me, I have always defined myself. You should let the light, that no one sees, guide you to achieve your goals.

How has FirstBank’s company-wide philosophy of “banking for good” impacted your life and your career?

FirstBank’s philosophy aligns with my life goal. Always treat others how you wish to be treated, fairly and equally no matter what the circumstances are.

What is the best career advice you have for the next generation of leaders? What would you tell someone just starting out?  

You learn with youth, you understand with age and experience.

Considering February is Black History Month, which historical figure/s would you most like to meet, and why?

Former US Representative Barbara Jordan, I consider her a role model for all women.

Harry Belafonte not only because he is a beacon of hope for human rights, but a wonderful entertainer. I’ve had a major crush on him since I was young!

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