Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Denise Miles is a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo’s Diversity and Inclusion in the Government and Community Relations group. She serves as Manager for Strategic Partnerships where she is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with national nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2004, she worked as a Community Development Officer in the San Francisco Area, managing economic development and affordable housing programs in partnership with nonprofits. Miles began her career at Wells Fargo in Corporate Communications supporting the Community Bank for the San Francisco-Bay Region.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Miles worked for the City and County of San Francisco in Mayor Willie L. Brown’s Office of Neighborhood Services. There she served as the Community Liaison for several districts and the Filipino community.
Before working with Mayor Brown, Miles was an Assignment Editor at KTVU-TV, a FOX affiliate in Bay Area. She also freelanced for Fox News Network and Fox Sports Network, and was a news producer for KTVN-TV in Reno, Nevada.
Miles has received several awards including the National Urban League’s 2013 Donald H. McGannon Award, the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. and the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition’s Emerging Leaders Award. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Journalism from San Jose State University.
Attorney-at-Law, Executive Committee Member at AUBF (ASEAN UK Business Forum)
London, United Kingdom
What's the best part of being a Filipina woman leader? The best part of being a Filipina woman leader is the ability and opportunity to inspire the group that you lead coming from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal. The challenge and the life transformation is not only for others but also a personal transformation for me. I always draw inspiration from the word synergy, one of my many favourites, whereby the interaction, cooperation amongst the members of my group has always a combined effect greater than the sum of our separate effects.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that faces the next generation of Filipina women? Someone has said that “the best way to predict the future is to create it”. And already, with the way things are, we are creating a future generation that is a lot more competitive; a world that is a lot more complex but with big challenges comes tremendous opportunities. I think the challenge really is how to equip this next generation of Filipina women to deal with these grand challenges and problems and come out as the most successful leaders from the lot instead of just being followers.