This one is simple. If you have any interest in marketing and/or insurance, then you should be following Danielle Guzman. Danielle the global solutions marketing leader for Mercer. She has over 20 years of experience as an insurance marketer and is quickly becoming one of the top voices in the space. She was recently ranked #2 in the InsTech Power 100 leader board and #5 in the Women in Finance 100.
Jennifer Tescher is the founder, president and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation. That’s CFSI. Not CSFI as I, in my perpetual ADHD state, consistently call it. Call it whatever you want, what really matters is the influence the organization and Jennifer has had over the past fifteen years or so. There are few organizations and CEOs as dedicated to improving the financial health of consumers as Jennifer and CFSI.
I’m not sure what’s left for Gemma to accomplish in her career. She is a successful company founder (her company Moola just launched as we were doing the interview), has a new show on “Eat, Shop, Save” on ITV, has been an advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger on The New Celebrity Apprentice, has a degree in quantum physics, and the list goes on and on.
And she was a lot of fun to interview. A true renaissance woman.
Conny’s been involved in payments, insurance, and marketing for over 25 years. She has run startups such as Clear2Pay, which ultimately was acquired by FIS where she is currently VP Global Payments Marketing. Conny has also organized multiple conferences and is an outspoken supporter of women in technology.
I’ve been friends with Katryna “digitally” now for several years. Few have her passion when it comes to an individual’s digital identity and the challenges facing us in the digital age. Katryna has focused this particular passion into Meeco, the company she founded in 2012.
This isn’t the first time I’ve interviewed Katryna either. During our interview for the www.femtechleaders.com series she stood under an umbrella in the driving London rain and wind; and despite these conditions she spoke with me for almost thirty minutes. Told you; her passion for digital identity shines through.
Ever questioned why one of the biggest global banks would choose a 30 year bank veteran to be the CEO of their internal fintech program? That’s exactly what Citi did when they selected Yolande Piazza to take over the Citi FinTech CEO role after Heather Cox moved on to USAA. It’s so easy to knock this choice – but let me caution you on being quick to judge. Take a few minutes to listen to and get to know Yolande Piazza and you’ll agree with me; she’s the perfect fit.
This was one of my favorite interviews so far, mainly due to Yo’s (her friends call her Yo) transparency and honesty about attempting to be an internal disruptor at a global bank. It ain’t easy folks, but my money’s on Yo.
I’m always interested in the career arc of folks in the fintech space. Natasha’s story is a great example of how much the financial services space is changing. If you would have asked Natasha what she’d be doing for a career when she was young she would have said “Musician”. Banker or technologist would have never, ever come to mind for her.
Fast forward a decade or so and Natasha is a highly recognized and respected digital banking innovator for Hellenic Bank. As Robert Frost said “she took the path less traveled”.
Roberta Profeta goes by Robbie to her friends. This pretty much includes everybody involved in the London FinTech scene. Talk to just about anyone in Canary Wharf and they’ll have a story about Robbie. She is an active mentor and also a strong voice for women in tech.
She also recommended The Machine Stops as a great read. My copy of the book is on order.
There’s a lot of “click-bait” when it comes to FinTech and media. This is expected when an industry is all the buzz; however, it can be extremely annoying at times when you expect more research and subject matter expertise from the authors of many of these articles. Luckily that isn’t the case whatsoever with Tanaya. She consistently does her homework when researching a topic and this is evident throughout her writing at media companies such as CoinDesk, American Banker, and now TearSheet. Tanaya’s also been a strong advocate and voice for women in the tech scene.
And she can seriously ice-skate. Seriously.
I had the opportunity to first interview Michelle last year for the FemTechLeaders series (her full interview is posted below). It was intriguing to learn how Michelle’s love for writing shaped her career as a journalist and how her background as a journalist shaped her career as a mobile payments thought leader. Michelle now is the Global Head of Digital Consumer Research for Euromonitor and she also is a contributing author for Forbes where she focuses on the impact of digital and mobile on payments and banking.