Who is Emilia DiMenco?


I’m Emilia DiMenco, the woman at the helm of the Woman’s Business Development Center (WBDC) (as of August 1, 2013) and the newest author to a newly re-named blog Lessons Learned. Lessons Learned focuses on women and minority entrepreneurs who have experience and advice to those growing their businesses, or thinking about starting a new business.

In this inaugural post, I’d like you to get to know me a little better. Below is a snapshot, from personal to professional.

  • What’s your favorite food? Pasta with red sauce, preferably a meat ragu.
  • What won’t she eat: Any raw meat, like steak tartare.
  • Favorite vacation? Anywhere I’m with my son.
  • Who do you look up to? Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal because they’re incredibly strong.
  • Where did you grow up? Blue Island.
  • If you could start any business, what would it be? A restaurant, like the soup place in Seinfeld.
  • What is your greatest achievement, personally or professionally? Raising a son to who, I believe, is open minded and cares for the underdog.
  • What is your main objective for the WBDC? It’s threefold – build leadership that sustains beyond the founders; place the center on a growth trajectory; and expand services to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses.
  • Finally, what would your tagline be if you ran for president? Equality for all.

Now that you know more about me, look for more posts coming from me and the WBDC highlighting successes and Lessons Learned from women business owners.


About Emilia DiMenco

Emilia DiMenco is President and CEO of Women’s Business Development Center and Retired Executive Vice President BMO Harris N.A. Emilia DiMenco was named president and chief executive officer of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) on August 1, 2013, a transition from co-founders, Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal. Emilia joined the Women’s Business Development Center as chief operating officer in July 2010 after completing a 30-year career as an executive vice president with BMO Harris N.A. Emilia had P&L responsibility for 80% of her career and managed budgets in excess of $200 million with revenues multiples greater. Her responsibility included leadership and management for 600 commercial banking employees.