FirstBank believes in ensuring diversity is represented at each level of the organization. In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by recognizing and celebrating some of FirstBank’s women in leadership.

Today we’re featuring Jessica Anson, IT Director, Apps Development.      

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Years at FirstBank: 24 years

Other positions held with organizations/boards:

I served as the Treasurer for Envision: You, a nonprofit organization supporting the mental health of the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado and Spero Recovery, a nonprofit organization providing financially accessible substance abuse recovery treatment. At FirstBank, I served two years as the Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG).

In three to four sentences, describe your experience in getting to where you are today.

I was young when I started my career at FirstBank. Still, I quickly realized I found a company that rewarded hard work and commitment by creating opportunity for growth and professional advancement. Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to have leaders who invested in my development and took the time to help me succeed in various roles. This leadership gave me the confidence to take risks throughout my career and has led to a wide variety of positions at FirstBank.

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

I didn’t envision a career in banking at first. My education is in psychology, and I’ve always been passionate about working with nonprofit organizations. With the influence of FirstBank’s banking for good philosophy, which encourages others to do “what’s right,” I can work with organizations improving the lives of our customers, communities, and employees on a regular basis. The ability to contribute to my community has been a wonderful experience and one I’m unbelievably grateful for.

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

Bet on yourself. Investing in yourself, personally and professionally, prepares you for future opportunities. There will be times of uncertainty or feelings of self-doubt, but if you have a good foundation of who you are and who you aspire to be as a leader, you’re on the right path.

Considering March is Women’s History Month, which historical figure/s would you most like to meet and why?

I would have loved to meet the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her ability to advocate for the justice and equality of all people while facing such strong opposition throughout her career inspires me. She left the world better than she found it, and I think that’s what we all should aspire to do.

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