Announcing the Inspiring FinTech Females of 2021! NYC Fintech Women is thrilled to recognize 65 incredible women transforming financial technology across five categories: Founders, Leaders, Money, Movers, Network Builders, and Product Builders.
Promoting connection empowerment and promoting women, NYC Fintech Women released their 2021 list of the many Inspiring Fintech Females on Monday.
Highlighting 65 women through various categories, NYC fintech Women co-founder Michelle Tran said the awards highlight the determination of 65 leaders, founders, product builders, and money movers.
“It always continues to be important to highlight women, I think, you know, one is it’s important to say the names and to help women promote themselves,” Tran said. “I think historically women just have done less of that.”
Tran said the list covers the diverse community transforming fintech by advocating for women and gender equity. The list will be featured on the fintech women site all year.
Tran said that women in fintech are not just 20 something executives living in New York, but working moms like Tran on the west coast and product engineers, venture capitalists, founders, and those in support roles.
“It’s a huge range when you say fintech, and we are all coming together to create a more innovative environment and a more equitable environment,” Tran said. “And you know, that there are different roles within fintech, it’s not just an engineer, you know, but could be a CEO, it could be a marketing person, it could be someone who is Chief People Officer.”
8K fintech women and counting
NYC Fintech women, a collaborative networking support group founded four years ago, even before fintech became a hot topic, has grown to 8,000 members strong.
“So it’s diversity across ethnicity it’s diversity across level, everyone from senior down to the analysts, it’s diversity in terms of the type of company,” Tran said.
“You have your BlackRock’s, and you have your Goldman Sachs and your Citi’s who are doing a lot in the fintech space themselves, [but also] supporting smaller fintechs, and then you also have your startups.”
Plan to add hubs
Tran said that the group plans to add hubs across the US after the pandemic saw a dispersion of NYC community members.
In 2022, NYC fintech women want to build support for women across the US, in Miami, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco, and more.
Tran said part of NYC Fintech Women’s outreach brings speakers to high schools and colleges to promote women in the fintech scape, to let young women aspiring for leadership and fintech roles know someone has their back.
Tran said that just knowing there are women leaders and builders can help young women pursue roles in the fintech world.
“So it’s really important for us to talk about it, I do a lot of these talks with colleges and high schools too. I really wish someone told me just a little bit more about you know, financial technology or just financial services in general when I was that age,” Trans said. “But there’s just so many different avenues and we can go down, and really interesting avenues too.”
That’s why Tran and Co-founder Sasha Pilch originally founded the group, to foster support for women like them working in fintech.
“Myself and a couple of others were struggling to find a community of women in fintech to lean on right you know, you have typical networks or events for fintech or women in tech, but specifically women in fintech,” Tran said. “We struggled to find that right one so he said, hey, why to let’s just start it ourselves, And so we did.”
Each recipient of the Inspiring Fintech Females honor will be featured for a full calendar year on NYC FinTech Women’s website. The 2021 winners include:
She is a tenacious female founder in a male-dominated industry who has an entrepreneurial spirit using her platform to build diverse teams and mentor other women.
Michele Alt, Partner and Co-Founder, Klaros Group
Nora Apsel, Co-Founder and CEO, Morty
Lilac Bar David, Co-founder and CEO, Lili
Sarah Biller, Co-Founder of FinTech Sandbox & ED at Vantage Ventures
Wendy Cai-Lee, Founder & CEO, Piermont Bank
Tani Chambers, CEO and Founder, RAVN
Swati Chaturvedi, Co-founder and CEO, Propel(x)
Nisha Desai, Managing General Partner, Andav Capital
She is an industry powerhouse who leverages her network to drive connections across the FinTech community to foster a more inclusive ecosystem, enriching experiences and ultimately promoting better innovation.
Amber Buker, Director of Insights, Alloy Labs
Ilana Fass, VP, Silicon Valley Bank
Cara Hayward, Director of Partnerships, North America, Currencycloud
Parker Jay-Pachirat, Chief of Staff, Fintech Today
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