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The Evolution & Expansion of FinTech

  • 10/22/2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Alley, 499 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301
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From banking to payments to loans, FinTech firms are changing the way we do business and the way we manage our own personal finances. Once considered an industry hard to disrupt (because of strict regulations and a high barrier to entry), FinTech has been transformational. How has it come to be? How will it continue to evolve and expand? How will new technology such as 5G change the way we interact with our finances and financial institutions?

Kristiane Koontz, EVP, Director of Banking Transformation at Zions Bancorporation

As Director of Banking Transformation for Zions Bancorporation, Kristiane is responsible for driving strategic, technology-enabled business transformation initiatives for the bank. Prior to joining Zions, Kristiane was a Director in PwC's Digital Banking practice where she helped banks and financial technology companies envision and execute complex business transformation projects. She led complex systems implementation and re-engineering programs, merger / acquisition, international market entry, product development, cost restructuring, process improvement and regulatory-driven change programs for banks, payments, and financial technology companies. Kristiane is also the Founder of internet marketing firm k2 Web Development & Marketing LLC.


Marla Sofer, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Jemstep an Invesco Company

Marla Sofer is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep, a B2B2C digital advice platform focused on helping Americans invest to achieve their financial goals. Before diving into Fintech in 2015, Marla led institutional partnerships at BlackRock and J.P. Morgan quantified in billions of dollars. She has been a champion of gender diversity, founded two employee women’s networks, and served as a non-profit leader dedicated to social justice.


Parul Goel, Senior Manager, Pricing and Monetization at PayPal

Parul is a Product Leader at PayPal. As a part of the Complete Payments Solution team, Parul enables easy payments for large marketplaces and platforms, and helps them find new ways to monetize. Parul has been fascinated with the innovation in FinTech, and how rapidly this field is evolving.  She is especially interested in the financial services for the underserved including micro-loans and making credit more accessible.
Outside of her role, Parul is one of the leaders of ProductExcellence Programs at PayPal, and an active member of the Women in Product community.  Parul is passionate about effective communication at work. She believes that learning to voice your ideas and opinions effectively is a powerful tool to elevate yourself and your career. She loves to give back by mentoring women and helping them.
Parul holds an M.S in Computer Science from Columbia University.


Joselle Deocampo-Gautam, Joselle Deocampo-Gautam, New Product Innovation Portfolio Lead @ LinkedIn; Board Member @ CreditDo

Joselle accelerates growth through innovation and drives to results by building the operational capabilities that bridge strategy with execution for Fortune 100 companies and start-ups alike. She manages a portfolio of new product innovations for LinkedIn’s largest business enabling accelerated Go-to-Market execution & double-digit growth.  She co-founded & scaled an innovation incubator for PwC’s $12B Financial Services business that led to a portfolio of investments globally. Joselle served as a venture capital fellow and held roles advising companies on M&A & capital raises. She’s passionate about the intersection of finance, technology & economic development. She's a Board Member at Credit Do, a fintech firm that aims to deliver the first debt free generation. Joselle holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business & a double BA with distinction in Economics & East Asian Studies from Bates College. She is a 40 under 40 & Woman of Influence Silicon Valley award recipient and is a proud member of Nexus/United Nations.


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