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Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore

VP & GM Credit Americas at PayPal Washington, DC LinkedIn Profile   The central theme of “helping people in their financial lives”  repeatedly came up during our conversation.  Why is this your personal mantra? My passion for helping people achieve financial health stems directly from my own experience growing up.  I watched my parents struggle to make ends meet, leveraging credit cards to survive, and then eventually getting stuck in a vicious cycle that took…

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Maria Jose Jorda Garcia

Head of Customer Experience Transformation at BBVA Madrid, Spain @mariajosejorda  |  LinkedIn Profile You started your career in nuclear research in Geneva.  What led to your interest in financial services? My contribution to CERN (European Center of Nuclear Research) in Geneva lasted four years. It happened in parallel with the IT boom or dotcom bubble, back in 2001. At that time all sorts of engineers were needed to bring technology to companies and enhance operational…

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Beth Shah

Head Of Business Development at Digital Asset Management New York City, New York @Beth_Shah  |  LinkedIn Profile What did you study at university and did you always want to go into Financial Services? I always wanted to be sports journalist and so I studied English Studies as it was the best path forward, despite the fact I was probably better at mathematics and the sciences. However, becoming a sports journalist as a woman isn’t the easiest…

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Ana-Cecilia Alvarez

Investor, Propel Venture Partners San Francisco, California @acalvarez03 | LinkedIn Profile Tell us about Propel Venture Partners, and how you became involved. Propel Venture Partners is a $250M global fund focused on investing in companies looking to rethink and rebuild the financial services industry. I joined the team when it was still BBVA Ventures, BBVA’s corporate venture arm. Before joining the fund, I was deciding between a few VCs in the Bay Area, with some…

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Chitra Dorai, PhD

IBM Fellow, VP & CTO Cognitive Services at IBM New York City, New York @ChitraDorai  |  LinkedIn Profile Your name means ‘painting’ in Sanskrit.  How prophetic was this considering your history of data visualization? The meaning of my name has definitely been prophetic, considering ‘paintings’ and the like sparked my interest from a very young age and seamlessly aligned with the trajectory of my career. All my life I’ve been fascinated by images, both still…

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Cristina Junqueira

Co-Founder and VP of Branding and Business Development at Nubank Brasil São Paulo, Brazil @nubankbrasil  |  LinkedIn Profile Your early love was writing; in fact, you wanted to be a journalist.  Do you still have this passion for writing? I do! Throughout the years I have always found some way to keep writing something. When I was in high school and college, for example, it was the school papers to which I regularly contributed. I…

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Dr. Louise Beaumont

Head of Public Affairs & Marketing, GLI Finance London, United Kingdom @LouiseHBeaumont | LinkedIn Profile You’ve had quite a career, from consulting at Capgemini, to running your own consultancy, to co-founding AltFi provider Platform Black, now to running Public Affairs and Marketing at institutional investor GLI Finance. What was it like as a young woman coming up through the ranks in your early career? Perplexing. There was no one at Capgemini that looked like me. It was…

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Diana Biggs

Founder, Proof of Purpose London, United Kingdom @dianacbiggs  |  Linkedin Profile I joking referred to you as the source for the role of Cameron on the TV show ‘Halt and Catch Fire’.  How did you become so involved in computers at such a young age? I was four when I got my first computer: the TI-99/4A (Texas Instruments). These were the very early days of personal computers and I think the choice of the TI-99/4A…

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Innovate Finance ‘Celebrating Diversity in Fintech’ Report

Our good friend (and FemTechLeader) Georgia Hanias from Innovate Finance is proud to announce the latest report Celebrating Diversity in Fintech.  The report’s launch was by Innovate Finance at London Technology. Executives from two fintechs spoke about the importance of diversity at the event: Ezechi Britton, Chief Technology Officer, described Neyber’s lending platform that enables employees to borrow money against their salaries. Repayments are deducted directly from salary payments. Neyber has funded over £20 million ($14 million) in loans…

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Tendű Yoğurtçu (PhD)

General Manager, Big Data at Syncsort Incorporated New York City, New York @TenduYogurtcu  |  LinkedIn Profile At what point did you realize you wanted to be an engineer? I didn’t necessarily think of it as becoming an engineer. My favorite subject was mathematics. I grew up in a family where education was valued above everything, and creativity was encouraged in every aspect of daily life. My father, who was a mathematician, always brought me building…