Diversity Reboot Summit

Why We Need Diversity in FinTech with Mariquit Corcoran, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Barclays and Natalia Brzezinski, Head of Strategy at Klarna

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Why We Need Diversity in FinTech with Mariquit Corcoran, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Barclays and Natalia Brzezinski, Head of Strategy at Klarna

It's a proven fact that diversity of representation and thought within companies is vital in creating the products and services that suit the modern world. We sit down with Mariquit Corcoran, Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer, Barclays and Natalia Brzezinski, Head of Strategy at Klarna, to discuss how we can better back DEI initiatives in the World of FinTech.

Meet The Speakers

Natalia Brzezinski
Natalia Brzezinski
Head Of Strategy at Klarna
Natalia, is an experienced moderator, journalist, and communications strategist focused on building dynamic dialogue across numerous sectors and cultures. She has held cutting-edge roles in the U.S. Senate Press Office for Senator John Kerry, to The Huffington Post, to the U.S. Embassy in Sweden focusing on the intersect of digitalization and diplomacy, innovation and leadership. As the former CEO of Brilliant Minds Foundation, an initiative focused on bringing together traditional, long-term business families and the newest disruptors to debate the convergence of humanity and technology. The Brilliant Minds Foundation focuses on scaling Swedish values and shining a light on the innovation ecosystem. The founding board includes the Wallenberg, Stenbeck, Ax:son Johnson, Olsson (Stena) Andersson and Rapp families, as well as Spotify founder Daniel Ek, as well as key foundation partners Ericsson and Kinnevik. Natalia Brzezinski also served as CEO for Brilliant Minds annual two-day leadership summit in the creative setting of Stockholm. Because she believes that innovation is borderless and one of the few things everyone can unify around in the post-modern era. She works to connect and activate the new leaders of tomorrow will be creators, builders and artists, to challenge conventional thinking in business and society, as well as identify new drivers, incentives and components of innovation. Brilliant Minds is a movement and aim to help create a new geopolitical order steeped in creativity and activate a community by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with shared values. Natalia is also the former host of the podcast series, The Brilliant Minds Podcast, which is a Spotify original in collaboration, in which she held open and honest conversations with leading U.S. and international entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and disruptors that share a passion for leveraging creativity for social impact.
Mariquit Corcoran
Mariquit Corcoran
Chief Innovation Officer | HERoes Top 100 Women Executives | NYC FinTech Women Inspiring Females | Investor | Advisor
2021 FinTech Magazine/IBM Top 100 Women in FinTech (#11) 2020 & 2019 HERoes Top 100 Women Executives (INvolve/Yahoo Finance) 2019 NYC FinTech Women Inspiring Females Senior Financial Services Executive with expertise in developing profitable partnerships with third party providers, working effectively with critical business partners across a complex banking organization and launching new businesses and programs globally *Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars #barclaysaccel *Rise, created by Barclays FinTech Platform #thinkrise *Female Innovators Lab by Barclays and Anthemis *Female Founders First by Barclays and Techstars www.barclaysaccelerator.com https://rise.barclays https://home.barclays/news/2019/9/on-the-rise--barclays-backs-new-female-innovators-lab
Katharine Zaleski (She/Her)
Katharine Zaleski (She/Her)
CoFounder and President at PowerToFly
I'm the Co-Founder and President of PowerToFly, the largest platform companies use to engage women in tech, digital, sales and marketing. I love working with Fortune 50 enterprises to fast-growing startups that are adapting to be more inclusive and diverse. At PowerToFly, we've honed two distinct work streams to build diverse pipelines of underrepresented women in tech, sales, digital and marketing that are creating measurable results for talent acquisition leaders to show their C suites. From events that garner lead lists of mid to senior women in tech to media campaigns for sales roles, we're unlocking how to build truly diverse hiring pipelines. Thanks to the methods we've pioneered at PowerToFly, I was also named as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. I frequently write and contribute to The New York Times, Quartz, Business Insider, Fortune and Forbes on how companies can solve their diversity hiring challenges. I also blog frequently at https://blog.powertofly.com/. Before I decided to cofound PowerToFly to tackle gender disparity, I was in media, where I started my career as the sixth employee of the Huffington Post. I left in November 2009 to take a role at The Washington Post as Executive Producer and Head of Digital News Products. Before co-founding PowerToFly, I was the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis.