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Women. Fintech. Designing Your North Star

November 2, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Fact: Technology and innovation is transforming Financial Services.  Successful transformations need knowledgeable, proficient, flexible and diverse workforce.  Skillsets needed to be successful in a period of change are different.  To register, click here.

FintechWomen has designed a learning conference in partnership with Suffolk University.  This is the first in the series to provide women with different skills and the confidence to use them!  Our 2020 programming includes a regular series of reskilling and upskilling mini-conferences.

Join us
on Nov 2nd for an unique learning experience.  Learn to assess the changing trends and innovation.  Design a personal North Star to guide your career through times of continual change.  Leave with a confident strategy and a new network for your fintech career.  Take home your first Certificate of Completion from FintechWomen!

Explore the World of Fintech

  • Explore how to navigate change in Financial Services. Get comfortable with Fin + Tech.
    Industry leaders Stephanie Browne, Chief Diversity Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Ken Mooney, Fintech investor and former Financial Services Executive share their insights.
  • Learn to interpret industry movement and organizational strategies from practioners who are transforming Financial Services.
    Jennifer Engelhardt, Principal at EY and a business transformation expert will be joined by Paul Brassil and Jennifer Rogers in discussion.

Make it all personal! 

  • Identify the markers that will help you stay on course as Fin + Tech continue to evolve. Understand the tools and skills you need to make informed decisions about your career.
    FintechWomen Board Members Kim DiNicola  and Ellen DiResta translate the days’ learnings helping us make it personal to each of us.
  • Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments joins them to lead an interactive session to allow each of us to go both broad and deep to design our own North Star.

Who should attend?

  • Women looking to enter and thrive in fintech and related careers
  • Allies and leaders who champion inclusion and diversity in the industry


Time Program   Description and Speakers
9:30 – 10:00 Registrations, Networking and Coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Introductions and Opening Comments
10:15 – 10:45 Surviving and Thriving in Times of Change: Lessons in Personal Resilience Stephanie Browne, Chief Diversity Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Ken Mooney, Fintech investor and former Financial Services Executive share their insights insights on the current state of Fintech.
What does digital transformation mean in the industry? The impact of speed and change on organizaitons and individuals. And, why is diversity important?
10:45 – 11:45 The New World of Work:
Technical Competence,  Social Skills and Work Structures
Jennifer Englehardt, Principal at EY and business transformation expert helps us understand how to interpret industy trends and strategies. Paul Brassil and Jennifer Rogers join her later to disucss how Fin+Tech transformations intersect with change, innovation, diversity and the future of ‘traditional’ roles.
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch With playful, interactive icebreakers! Network with everybody.
1:00 – 2:30 Charting Your Own North Star FintechWomen Board Members Kim DiNicola  and Ellen DiResta will personalize the day’s learnings.
Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments  will lead an engaging and interactive session to allow each of us to go both broad and deep to design our own North Star to nagivate a digital future
2:30 – 3:30 Close, Certificate Awards and more Networking

Speaker Bios

STEPHANIE BROWNE is vice president of talent acquisition and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She develops and leads BCBSMA’s strategies to attract, recruit, and retain talent and to inspire a culture of inclusion where all associates are engaged and feel valued. She also co-chairs the Diversity Council with BCBSMA’s president and CEO, Andrew Dreyfus. Prior to her current role, Stephanie led the IT strategy and planning organization. Browne is a national trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America, Northeast representative; a board director for Cambridge College; a member of the Mass Business Alliance for Education advisory council; and a council member for Pine Manor College. She previously served on the Executive Board of The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and is a recipient of the 2016 Leading Women Award and most recently Mass Technology Leadership Council’s Mosaic Award. Browne is a member of The Boston Club, The Links Incorporated, Boston chapter, and is national president of The Circle-Lets. In 1998, Browne founded Divas Uncorked, a Boston-based wine education group with a mission to demystify wine for women and people of color. Browne is a Certified Health Insurance Executive (CHIE) and earned a Masters of Education from Cambridge College.

Jennifer Engelhardt  is a principal at EY, where she has over 20 years of experience as a leader in business transformation, organizational change management, and workforce enablement. Her work has focused on implementing innovative solutions to link the “hard science” of value realization for technology programs to the end user experience at the customer and employee levels. She is passionate about helping clients realize value from their IT investments using leading edge tools such as cognitive-enabled User Adoption Dashboards, virtual reality, serious games, badging, microlearning and social/mobile collaboration platforms. She has worked across the globe serving clients in multiple industries including financial services, oil & gas, life sciences, industrial products, consumer packaged goods, retail, and travel & transportation.

Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in Russian from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary. Jennifer is an active member of the Advisory Board for the Consulting Profession at W&M’s Mason School of Business.

Jennifer Rogers, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
As the Boston Fed’s Director of Strategy and Innovation, Jennifer works closely with Bank leaders to shape the organization’s strategy. In addition, she leads efforts to ensure innovation at the Boston Fed becomes more attainable, scalable, and sustainable. Her work reaches across each facet of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Federal Reserve System. Currently, Jennifer is collaborating with multiple stakeholders to develop enterprise business transformation and innovation development initiatives.
Throughout her career Jennifer served in a variety of tech-based and organizational change roles, including designing and running her own startup, developing new business lines within existing organizations, training telecom engineers around the globe, contracting for the US Government domestically and abroad, and consulting with Fortune 100 corporations to create and implement change management initiatives.
Jennifer holds a master’s in Innovation from Northeastern University, and a bachelor’s in Astronomy from Wellesley College.


November 2, 2019
9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Sargent Hall, Suffolk University
120 Tremont Street
Boston, 02108 United States
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