Bellaria Jimenez MetLife Solutions Group, Managing Director
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, New Jersey City University; master’s of business administration, Georgian Court University
Job responsibility: Executive
Company description: Financial services company
Primary professional/community affiliations: La Casa de Don Pedro; SCORE; Junior Achievement of New Jersey; Habitat for Humanity; Toastmasters; YWCA; Women of Wealth; Women in Insurance and Financial Services
Who is your most influential role model? My first female boss, Elsa Leon, the owner and president of an aluminum export company. She was a single mother and was successful, young and smart. She didn’t necessarily influence me with words of wisdom, but by showing me women were capable of holding high-power and nontraditional roles. Her influence changed the direction of my life.
What would you give New Jersey for its 350th birthday? The opportunity to be recognized as a friendly state for business.
What is your go-to stress buster at work? Working out.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier in your career? I wish someone had told me about business etiquette. This is something I had to learn on my own, and I feel anyone entering the business world should know the faux pas of business—everything from communicating with peers and behavior at office parties, to proper attire and office friendships.
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Bellaria JimenezManaging Director
MetLife Solutions Group