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Zelia Corey

Zelia Corey

Capital One

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Zelia's work combines: Business, Entrepreneurship, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

District Manager

Help and develop people.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Social Sciences, General

    Laval University, Quebec, Canada

  • Graduate Degree

    Labor and Industrial Relations

    Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Financial Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Social Sciences, General

Graduate Degree: Labor and Industrial Relations

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Had a passion for helping people.

  • 2.


  • 3.

    Loved to read about politics, law, psychology.

  • 4.

    I was always doing something challenging.

  • 5.

    I have led many groups since I was a little girl.

  • 6.

    Involved in the community, school.

  • 7.

    Always worked and went to school.

  • 8.

    Enjoyed numbers and learning about different things.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You have an accent, you won't make it. You are not from here, you are not corporate material - (I still don't know what they meant) - you are too nice, you didn't go to school here it will be hard, you are not political, you are too funny, you are too serious, etc.

  • How I responded:

    I was fortunate to have strong parents that believed in me even if they were so busy working. My father had 3 jobs and mom had 2, so I did not spend much time with them. I had fabulous friends that respected me for who I was and never tried to force me into anything. My friends and their parents were aways there for me. They were like my family. I did a lot sports, that also helped me staying focused and meeting great people. I surrounded myself with people that truly cared about others.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Growing up we had no money, I remember having to split a yogurt with my brother and I slept on a sofa until I was 14 years old. My parents worked so much to put food on the table. They never did anything wrong, never cut corners to make money. They worked.

  • My parents were immigrants, having a difficult time to adapt and to learn how to speak another language. My parents never finished high school. I was picked on at school because I was an immigrant and my mom used to make my clothes!

  • I faced a lot of challenges not only because I was a first generation immigrant in a different country but I also came here to the US when I was 25 years old and left my family and friends behind. I had to start all over again. Barely spoke english.

  • Yes I was! So much pressure. My older brother did not go to college, he decided to be a mechanic. My older cousins also did not go to college. My parents wanted me to be doctor, an attorney, teacher... it was so so confusing!!