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Registration & Networking Breakfast

Morning Networking Activity

Chair’s Welcome

  • Jane Barratt, Chief Advocacy Officer, MX
  • Obrea Pointdexter, Partner, Morrison Foerster


Opening Keynote Igniting Creativity and Inspiring Teams With Fearless Leadership

Build a team ready to rise beyond traditional KPIs to create an emotional connection with your customers that connects your products to their lives. These truly innovative ideas come when your team feels they can take risks and knows you have their back. Take a look at ways to redefine success with a fearless team that isn’t afraid to fail.

  • Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing & PR Officer, Ally Financial


Panel Discussion: Powering Financial Innovation with Regulatory Know-How

Financial technology companies are focused on innovative ways to provide financial services, but unlike other technology companies, fintech companies must navigate and learn to thrive in a highly regulated environment.  In this session, hear from fintech companies and fintech lawyers about lessons learned on how to best marry innovation with regulation.

  • Moderator: Susan Gault-Brown, Financial Services Partner, Investment Management Group Chair, and Blockchain Group Co-Chair, Morrison & Foerster


Morning Networking Break

The New Paradigm for Financial Institutions and Startups: Where Are We?

The financial technology industry is constantly being disrupted by new and existing players and the relationship between players is changing as well. In this session, explore and gain a better understanding of where the industry stands at a fifty-thousand-foot level.

  • Menekse Gencer, SVP of Virtual Channels, Wells Fargo


Roundtable Discussions Designing an Evolving Equation for Fintech Evaluation

The impetus provided by financial technology has created a paradigm of progression and risk-taking. The value that can be gained from new technology depends on how well it matches the needs of the organization and the customers it serves. In these intimate round table discussions, hear the factors that need to be accounted for to create the winning equation for evaluation and adoption and put the lessons into motion during the conversations. 

  • Suha Zehl, Chief Information Officer, Guidance Residential

Networking Luncheon

Afternoon Keynote: Driving Customer-Centricity Across Industries With Banking-As-A-Service

The financial technology industry is all about attracting, engaging and retaining customers. The ultimate question is “how are we going to attract customers in a different way and how are they going to consume and engage with us in a much more customer-centric way than in previous generations?” In this session, learn about the shifts that are taking place in consumers’ needs and behaviors as it relates to banking. Additionally, hear how BankMobile has evolved to address consumer pain-points, the unique business innovation model they created to help drive customer engagement with their various partners outside of the finance industry, and lessons learned along the way.

  • Luvleen Sidhu, Co-Founder, President, and Chief Strategy, BankMobile


The Future of Payments: Swiping a Card or Swiping Open an App?

Payment innovation holds the power to change shopping behavior and impact the fintech industry, including the fuel and convenience industry. 99% of the gasoline purchases per year in the U.S. are made by swiping a credit card at the pump or paying with cash. In 2017, GasBuddy launched the first brand-agnostic payments product attracting nearly 500,000 members and collectively saving drivers $5 million at the pumps — using a card controlled from the GasBuddy app. In this session, GasBuddy CEO Sarah McCrary will discuss how creating context between the purchase and the payment type is key to activating mobile payments in an industry where the rate of change is glacial.

  • Sarah McCrary, CEO, GasBuddy 


Panel Discussion – Protecting Your Fintech IP


Afternoon Break


Case Studies in Fintech Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship

To get ahead in today’s fast-moving financial landscape, leaders need to be ahead of the game and ready for the next wave of disruption. Supplemented by two 10-minute case studies, and a Q&A, learn how these innovative leaders are preparing for the unknown, adapting to compete, building influence and gaining resources to execute their strategic vision.

  • Michael Bloch, Founder, Pillar App*
  • Vickie Sherman, SVP, Director of Integrated Marketing, Rabobank NA


Collaborating to Compete Conversation Personalizing Products for an Evolving Customer

Customers of modern-day financial services have higher expectations than ever before in history and those expectations grow more by the day. To add to this complexity, customers are changing their behaviors just as frequently. Join this discussion to hear how innovative leaders are continually upgrading to please their customers.

  • Jennifer Barrett, Editor-in-Chief @ Grow & Chief Education Officer, Acorns
  • Doug Nielson, SVP of Innovation, U.S. Bank
  • Vered Frank, Former Head of Bank and Lending Marketing, Charles Schwab


Panel Discussion Creativity & FinTech: Thriving in Non-Traditional Roles

MBAs, engineers, data analysts and financial advisors aren’t the only ones driving the success of financial services companies. Social media experts, designers, video producers and other creatives are also critical contributors to the success of companies both storied and startup. In this panel discussion, executives in creative roles, such as  Evan English, VP, Product Design and Research, American Express, will discuss the opportunities and strategies for success, as well as lessons learned throughout their tenures working in the industry.

  • Evan English, VP of Product Design for Digital Membership Experiences, American Express

Closing Keynote Recruitment Strategies That Drive Open Innovation in Fintech

There is no room for average or typical employees in today’s financial space and moreover, the standard recruitment strategies of today need to adapt as well. In this session, learn what tactics are being employed to discover out-of-the-ordinary pioneering talent to drive your business ahead of the competition.


Chair’s Closing Comments


Networking Cocktail Hour


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