Alumnae Spotlight: Jessica Dillon Bieligk, Senior Director of Product Management for Capital One
Throughout her career, Jessica Dillon Bieligk (Class of 2000), has benefitted from managers and company leaders who have helped her meet her potential. Now, she finds herself in a leadership position where she can be that role model for others. Jessica is a Senior Director of Product Management for Capital One. Based out of the McLean, Virginia headquarters, Jessica finds no day is ever the same. Whether she’s working directly with small business owners, helping to develop a new product for Capital One, or challenging members of her team to meet their potential – this is her dream job. She’s proud of the work she’s doing, especially when she hears how a product she developed is helping a small business succeed, and equally proud when a colleague she manages conquers a new challenge.
One might say the support Jessica provides to others is a reflection of the type of experience she had at Holy Child. Senora Meyer made the difficulty of learning a new language fun, encouraging Jessica to keep trying even when it’s difficult. Jessica also gives credit to Ms. Davis and Ms. Sidebotham for teaching her how to be a strong, persuasive writer and encouraged her love of reading. Jessica finds those lessons from Holy Child are still prominent in her professional life today.
Here’s more from Jessica:
You’ve worked your way up through Capital One for more than a decade. What do you do in your current position?
“Since 2015, I have been in our Small Business Credit Card Organization – known under the Spark branding - where I joined a new product development team and now lead that function in addition to having responsibility for the performance and strategy of our broader set of small business products.
I work for a company with a bold aspiration to help Americans use technology to take control of their financial futures. I get to work with a super talented, intelligent, curious group of people every day. We get to meet with small business owners from across the country to hear the stories of their business, understand their financial needs and then build products, services and experiences to help them and their businesses succeed. It’s fun!”
What is your favorite Holy Child memory?
“My favorite Holy Child memory is probably less an individual instance but more the feeling I get when I think about my time at the school – the sense of support and encouragement of ‘me being me’ and exploring things that I was interested in versus needing to fit into a particular mold. I also loved the deep emphasis on and development of friendships and that I gained while I was there.”
Did your Holy Child experience prepare you in any way for your career?
“I think a huge part of having a successful career, especially as a woman and maybe even more as a working mother, is having a set of supporters who help you along the way, celebrating success with you and cheering you up during challenging times when your confidence may take a dip. I have a very close group of friends from Holy Child that are still my ‘lifeline’ of sorts, who, despite us all having pretty different career paths, are able to connect and relate and support one another through the awesome and hard times, professionally and personally.”
What is your best piece of advice for a Holy Child alumna or student who is currently pursuing her career?
“Work hard, be kind, be curious, stay confident and remember that you are awesome – and find your village of people who can remind you of this when you forget.”
Written by: Liz Palka Minukas, Class of 2004