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THE VOICES & VIEW FROM FEMTECH LEADERS

Rachel Barnes

Global Innovations, Operational Efficiencies, and Diversity & Inclusion Programs Leader London, United Kingdom  LinkedIn Profile Your career in banking started out in recruiting, and ended up as head of transformation/innovation. How did your time in HR influence your views on how to best tackle system transformations? Although business transformation is perceived as organisation and processes, in reality it always comes down to inspiring the leaders and staff to motivate them to thrive and change. My HR background fed my…

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Chris Cherewan

Startup Accelerator Program Manager at Wells Fargo Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota LinkedIn Profile  |  Wells Fargo Accelerator You grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. How did this shape you in your career? I seem to have inherited the drive, intelligence, risk taking, as wells as a ‘what could be’ take on nearly everything. I grew up as one of four children. I was the first born of the next generation in my family and a woman. My life, among my…

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Amy Lenander

Chief Marketing Officer at Capital One, UK London, England @AmyLenander  | LinkedIn Profile You’re Chief Marketing Officer at Capital One UK, but you started out with the bank in McLean, Virginia. How did you get tapped to join the UK team? I’ve worked at Capital One my whole career, and one of the main reasons I’ve stayed is that I continue to get to learn new things and take on different challenges. My experience in our US business ranged from…

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Hazel Moore

Chairman & Co-Founder, FirstCapital London, England @hazel_moore  | LinkedIn Profile You’ve garnered accolades for your work in Private Equity, but you didn’t exactly plan on being in finance. You studied Natural Sciences at University. How did you wind up in finance? I started in finance by chance really. I had a degree in sciences, but through a series of circumstances I found myself in Hong Kong and I needed a job. As Hong Kong is a major financial centre,…

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CEO Confidential

By Michelle Moffatt and Amy Ciolek Picture this… You are at a work function or out at a dinner party with friends, and someone asks you, ‘what do you do’? Do you: A)   Mumble something hardly audible because you feel a little awkies because in reality you are the big boss running the show B)   Add words like; ‘just’, ‘only’, ‘small’ or ‘little’ to describe your empire that is minting it C)   Proclaim proudly and unapologetically from the roof…

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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 them decades to recover…

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Miranda Brawn Esq

Co-Founder at Color in Tech London, United Kingdom @brawnm  |  LinkedIn Profile  |  FaceBook  | www.mirandabrawn.com You studied your Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Business School. What prompted you to then shift to study law?  My childhood goal was to be a lawyer. After entering the investment banking industry at the age of 18 years, I found that my passion for the law was reignited when I was negotiating legal agreements for an investment bank. Hence, I went on to sit my…

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Devie Mohan

FinTech Marketing Strategist at Thomson Reuters London, United Kingdom Devie Mohan  |  LinkedIn Profile How would you describe your role in the FinTech ecosytem? My primary interest in FinTech is as a writer/blogger on fintech’s macro-trends. I work closely with fintech startups as marketing advisor, supporting them on their very exciting journey. I also work closely with the fintech activities of traditional banks, challenger banks, consulting firms and investors, helping them with research and data. I love asking difficult questions…

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Rachel Rothman

Chief Technologist at Good Housekeeping of Hearst Magazines New York City, New York @GHGadgetGirl  |  LinkedIn Profile Can you please provide an overview of your role at Hearst Publishing? I am the Chief Technologist and Engineering Director for the Good Housekeeping Institute, the legendary consumer product evaluation laboratory founded in 1900. I oversee consumer product testing methodology, implementation, and reporting for the six labs at the Institute, with product tests ranging from textiles and kitchen gadgets to health and beauty related items.  I also manage the Good…

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Magdalena Krön

VP Open Innovation at Barclays | Co-founder Geek Girl Meetup UK London, United Kingdom @MyKron  |  LinkedIn Profile Please provide a summary of your current role & responsibilities at Open Innovation. I head up Rise London, Barclays open innovation space in Whitechapel. My role is constantly evolving but the essence has three parts to it. Firstly I focus on building the Rise ecosystem of startups in London and Europe. This includes shaping, implementing and positioning our Rise initiatives and…

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