Author: Veni Iozzo
Veni Iozzo is Senior Vice-President, Deposits, GICs and Client Solutions at CIBC. In this role, Veni has overall responsibility for delivering profitable revenue growth, determining the strategic direction and providing leadership and business management of the consumer deposit and GIC business. With over 20 years in the Financial Services industry, her experience at the executive level spans across a variety of disciplines including marketing, sales leadership, product development, strategy and implementation. Veni has a strong commitment to supporting women’s issues, devoting her time to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, serving as a committee member for the Economic Development Fund, Canadian Women Foundation and sitting on the Canadian Women Foundation Corporate Advisory Cabinet. Veni is also on the board for Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, Women Executive Network. Devoted to lifelong learning, Veni serves as a coach for learners participating in the Coady International Leadership Institute program, St. Francis Xavier University. The program, developed in partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, focuses on building women leaders who will strengthen their organizations and communities, and ultimately create transformational and systemic change for women in Canada.
My parents came to Canada from Italy in 1959 with only $13 in their pocket and unable to speak English. I often reflect back on those early days and wonder why I never felt deprived. I realize the sense of family security they gave me and my three sisters was a real gift. With this incredible support around me, I had the confidence I needed to achieve my goals.
This is why the work of the Canadian Women’s Foundation is so important to me. They know in order for a woman to move out of poverty, she needs a strong support system. In fact, their entire approach is designed to provide women with what they need to move forward.