Emilia DiMenco is the President & CEO of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC).
The WBDC supports and accelerates business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. Under her direction, the WBDC has expanded its WBE certification reach, diversified its curriculum for businesses at all stages, and launched new innovation programming.
Prior to joining the WBDC in 2010, Emilia spent 30 successful years at BMO Harris N.A., being elevated to executive vice president in the corporate and commercial bank. She also led BMO Harris’ Women in Business Initiative, which, under her leadership, made the Bank the bank of choice for many women business owners.
Emilia is well-known for her contributions to leading civic and professional organizations. She currently serves on the State of Illinois Business Enterprise Council and the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Council. She is also active on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in a leadership role, and serves as a Board Member and Executive Committee Member. Emilia is a member of The Chicago Network, International Women’s Forum, Economic Club, and Executive Club.
Emilia holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from DePaul University and studied international finance at Loyola University’s Rome Center.