FinTech Women: Secrets of building a great Fintech culture
Company culture is very much like trust - challenging to build, easy to break and even harder to change. Focusing on it from the start is a huge advantage. This is especially true for FinTech firms who are trying to break into the Financials Services space, traditionally dominated by incumbent banks whose predecessors date back hundreds of years but whose cultures were partly responsible for one of the worst financial crashes in history. How do we avoid making the same cultural mistakes as those who came before us? How do we win customer trust without a decades-long track record? How do we attract and retain the best talent? How can we use the technological edge provided by data and analytics, to build an unbeatable culture? We’ll be exploring these questions, and many more, at our next FinTech Women panel on “Secrets of building a great FinTech culture".
The event is open to men and women, both those who are currently within and those that are interested in entering the FinTech space.
Join us from 6.30 to grab a drink and some nibbles and participate in what will be an engaging discussion between 7 - 8pm.
Please RSVP in advance as we need to register you with security. We reserve the right to refuse entry to people who are not registered.
- Sally Lait | Engineering Manager | Monzo
Sally Lait is an Engineering Manager at Monzo Bank. She's responsible for supporting, coaching, and developing high performing engineers, as well as looking after their general wellbeing . Before this Sally ran a digital transformation consultancy business with clients including the Manor Racing Formula 1 team, RNLI, and Inghams, and she's also been Head of Technology for a global digital agency.
Sally is passionate about web technologies and is a strong advocate for building things with empathy, responsibility, and inclusivity in mind. She speaks at events around the world, documents Japanese train stamps and manholes in CSS form, and tweets as @sallylait. You can find out more about her at sallylait.com
-James Meekings | Co-Founder and UK MD | Funding Circle
As co‑founder and UK Managing Director James leads the UK business and is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and day‑to‑day operation of Funding Circle in the UK. James co‑founded Funding Circle in the UK in 2010 after seeing how difficult it was for small businesses to access funding and wanting to build something better. Prior to Funding Circle James was at OC&C Strategy Consultants where he advised companies on strategy and growth across the retail, media and services sectors.
- Amelia Scott | Sales Director EMEA | CultureAmp
Amelia started her career as a psychologist where she developed a passion for people data. Amelia now leads the EMEA Sales team at Culture Amp, the world’s leading employee feedback and D&I platform. Culture Amp empowers companies to collect candid employee feedback, analyse the results and act on them. Amelia’s personal mission is to inspire more women to go into technology and into sales, and to support companies to create a more inclusive culture.
- Swati Lay | Funding Circle/FinTech Women | (Chair)
Swati has over 20 years Information Security experience across several industries including investment banking, retail banking and gaming. Prior to joining Funding Circle, Swati was the Director of Group Security for Betfair, a UK based online gaming and gambling platform. Swati joined Funding Circle’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team in 2018 and leads Women@FC - Funding Circle’s women’s network. Swati holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.