Lourdes Cortez

When she couldn’t figure out a way to make a living in theater, Lourdes Cortez, knew pretty early on she wanted to be able to make a difference in people’s lives.

“Although I knew I loved to speak to people, I realized as I was growing up my younger dreams of breaking into show business wouldn’t be easy since at the time you really needed connections,” said Cortez, who is president/CEO of North Jersey Federal Credit Union in Totowa, N.J. “So I started look at other career opportunities. I was a teller, but I was interested in other aspects of the business. I started to aspire to be a part of the executive team, someday, but at the time I never thought I’d get to where I am today.”

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