According to Benzinga, the event is being hosted as a way to help close the gender gap in the financial services industry as well as emphasizing the achievements women have made in the space. “During Women's History Month, we are proud to amplify women’s voices in the financial technology space to get more women involved in investing and personal finance, whether it be a career shift or through motivation to set new financial goals,” said Jordan Robertson, partner operations director at Benzinga and Women in Fintech host.
Research from Deloitte cited in the announcement shows women account for only 7% of fintech founders, while McKinsey points out that women represent “fewer than 1 in 5 financial services C-suite positions.” Studies have also shown women exhibit lower financial literacy compared to men despite taking a larger role in household finances and making greater financial contributions than previous generations, according to Benzinga.
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The series lineup will features a wide breath of guests. Per the announcement, the schedule of events is as follows (all times ET):
March 2, 2021: 10:30 a.m.
- Betsy Eisenberg, head of partner success at Akoya
- Jen Yip, founder of Lunch Money
- Amanda Spann, founder of The App Accelerator
March 9, 2021: 10:30 a.m.
- Anka Metcalf, founder and CEO of Trade Out Loud
- Eugenia Baidoo, partner development manager at Partnertize
- Jane Galina, founder of See Jane Trade
March 16, 2021: 10:30 a.m.
- Dale Sperling, CMO at Stash
- Jessica Willis, founder and CEO of Pocketnest
- Flori Marquez, cofounder and SVP of operations at BlockFi
March 23, 2021: 10:30 a.m.
- Kathryn St. John, senior director of Trading Central
- Barbara Provost, founder and president of Purse Strings
- Kathryn Van Nuys, global head of fintech of Amazon Web Services
“We handpicked the guests you’ll hear from through March because they represent several different sectors in finance or tech and all have very different perspectives and experiences. I want you to hear from them and hopefully relate or feel inspired by these successful women operating in what was once a ‘men only’ club,” said Robertson.
Separately, ReWork will be hosting a Women in FinTech Virtual Summit on Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15.
New to this year’s summit will be an interactive question and answer segment, attendee and expert online networking tools, and expanded access to presentations dealing with topics such as RegTech and finance insurance, retail and marketing and women in the fintech industry.
“Discover the latest challenges, progressions and impacts from the world’s leading female innovators across industry, research and the financial sector,” reads its promotional materials.