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Take 5 with Zions Talent: Marcela Ellis

The Zions Bancorporation Business Analysis Manager sits down with Director of Recruiting Trina Eyring to talk about what makes her unique, what inspires her and what she loves about working at Zions.

Trina Eyring Feb 25, 2021

I had the opportunity to get to know Marcela Ellis during her participation in the first Emerging Leaders Program in our Enterprise Technology and Operations division. I was paired with Marcela as a career advisor to help her maximize her participation in the program and provide career development support. 

I was immediately impressed with her work ethic, commitment and determination. At the beginning of this fantastic program, Marcela was a manager in our Enterprise Loan Operations. In addition to applying for this rigorous development program, Marcela is also finishing her degree at the University of Utah, raising a family of four young children and navigating the impact COVID-19 has had on all of us.  

At the time of writing this article, Marcela accepted a promotion to Business Analysis Manager, a role she calls her dream job. Marcela’s focus on her career and owning her development has paid off. We are lucky to have her on the team and I can’t wait to watch her continue to flourish in her career at Zions.    

Here is some more interesting information on Marcela.

Tell me about yourself. What is unique about you?

I am a wife and mother of four children ages 8, 7, 4 and 2. I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and emigrated to the United States when I was 13 years old. I am a nontraditional senior at the University of Utah, scheduled to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in August. I am in the process of applying to the U’s Master of Science in Information Systems program.

To say my life is hectic is an understatement, but I believe that nothing worthwhile in this life is easy. Through my challenges I am setting an example and expectation for my children that we do not give up, we work hard, we help, we have fun and through that we succeed. 

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

I absolutely love to read. Fiction books are my escape from my hectic reality and nonfiction books are my route to growth. The most recent book I read was “Own the Room” by Jen Su and Maignan Wilkins. But even more than reading I absolutely enjoy cooking and being outdoors. A big part of my culture is our food. Cooking brings me joy and keeps me tied to my roots.

Being outdoors recharges my soul, and with three very energetic boys it also keeps us from going crazy. We camp A LOT during the summer, and sled/snowboard (them not me) as much as possible during the winter. Boating, fishing and hiking are go-to’s whenever possible.

What motivates and inspires you?

I am highly motivated by learning new things; being stagnant is not an option for me. I find satisfaction in being a part of progress and improvement, even more so when these involve other people.

Throughout this very challenging year, I have found that people who go out of their way to help others inspire me. I am part of a large team and seeing this team of amazing individuals step up to the challenges this pandemic has thrown at us, cover for each other, and ensure each other’s success, makes me want to be a part of it all. 

I have also found a passion for technology during my time with Zions, and for understanding how technology does not replace the human element, but it enhances it. Other than that, my personal goals are simple: I want to be a good and kind human being, and I want to provide a stable, healthy and fulfilling life for my family.

What is your experience working at Zions?

My role as one of the Monetary Servicing Managers at Enterprise Loan Operations has been a blessing. It has allowed me to build meaningful relationships with individuals across the Bancorp. I am able to put my skills to work at a larger capacity because I am expected to make a difference.

As the ELO Vision Statement says, we are committed to proactively creating the best customer experience with our business partners through a culture of continuous improvement, risk mitigation and operational excellence.

I am challenged and supported to grow every single day to keep up with this continuous improvement. I have had the opportunity to expand my leadership skills to allow me to support, serve, develop and encourage my team, and this in turn helps us create value for the organization. I see the impact my role has on the communities we serve, and it makes me proud to be part of this organization.

Looking for an employer committed to helping you grow and develop in your career? Learn more about opportunities with Zions Bank and Zions Bancorporation on our Careers website.

Trina Eyring is director of Recruiting for Zions Bancorporation.

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