Fintech is Femme: Owning Your Power

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Fintech is Femme: Owning Your Power

Fintech Is Femme- an evening of storytelling hosted by Nicole Casperson at The Rise by Barclays. Part of New York FinTech Week 2023.

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Monday, April 24 · 5:30 - 9pm EDT


43 W 23rd St 43 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10010

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About this event

  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

What is Fintech is Femme?

Fintech’s promise is to bring financial access to the masses yet in the industry itself— only 30% of fintech professionals are women.

Nicole Casperson, Founder of Fintech is Femme is on a mission to change that.

A part of New York Fintech Week, Fintech is Femme presents an evening of storytelling where female fintech executives share their trials and tribulations of being a leader in a heavily male-dominated community. Afterward, connect with peers and engage with content at a reception.

Past Speakers:

  • Brandis DeSimone, Head of Data Sales, Nasdaq
  • Lara Hodgson, Founder & CEO, Now
  • Vrinda Gupta, Founder and CEO, Sequin
  • Michelle Tran, VP of Enterprise Sales, Vestwell
  • Clarissa Horowitz, Head of Marketing, Lithic

Kick off New York FinTech Week with the female fintech community at Rise by Barclays!

Event Details

  • Monday, April 24th
  • Doors Open: 5:30pm
  • Show Starts: 6:00pm
  • Cocktail Hour: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Creating an equitable fintech space relies on total collaboration. Allies are welcome and encouraged to attend the event and can expect to leave with a deeper understanding of diverse female experiences in fintech.


Lule Demmissie is the US CEO of eToro, the world’s largest social investing network that empowers people to grow their knowledge and wealth as part of a global community of investors.

Lule previously served as the President of Ally Invest, Managing Director of Investment Products & Digital Guidance at TD Ameritrade, and has worked for leading investment firms such as Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and Merrill Lynch.

As a financial executive with a range of intersectional identities, a woman of color and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she has a perspective that is much needed (and not often represented) in the area of fintech innovation, and gives voice to financial challenges facing a variety of communities.

Sarah Levy is the CEO of Betterment, the largest, independent digital investment advisor. She brings over 25 years of brand building, customer loyalty, corporate strategy, and operational excellence to her role, and has a passion for taking businesses to the next level.

Prior to joining Betterment, Levy was the COO of Viacom Media Networks, where she oversaw global strategy, finance, and operations for the $10Bn division that housed some of Viacom's iconic brands, including MTV, Comedy Central, and BET.

Previously, Levy served as the Chief Operating Officer at Nickelodeon for over a decade and drove expansion of the brand and business both organically and through acquisitions. She spearheaded Nickelodeon's entry into new segments generating more than $4Bn at retail, including digital gaming, consumer products, resorts, Broadway and theme parks, as well as subscription video on demand.

Levy’s passion for brands and consumer experience is critical in today’s financial services environment where investors have many more choices of where to entrust their resources than they did even a few years ago. Their desire to work with companies that understand them and reflect their values is central to the value proposition that embodies Betterment.

As Group President, Product Innovation at Envestnet, Dani Fava accelerates the firm’s strategic vision to help advisors make financial wellness a reality for more people. Dani draws on more than 20 years of wealth management and technology experience, and most recently served as Director of Institutional Innovation at TD Ameritrade Institutional. Dani was named to Fintech Magazine’s “Top 100 Women in Fintech” list in 2021. She was recognized on InvestmentNews’ “Women to Watch” list in 2020 and named to 2020 IA25 by ThinkAdvisor, which also honored her as one of the Top Women in WealthTech for 2019.

As the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a wealthtech company built by women, for women, Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to get more money into the hands of women. She is a Wall Street trailblazer with more than 25 years in the financial services industry. Sallie was CEO of Merrill Lynch and US Trust, CFO of Citi, CEO of Sanford Bernstein, and CEO of Smith Barney. She’s been named “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune and one of the “Most Influential People in ESG Investing” by Barron’s.

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About Nicole Casperson...

Nicole Casperson is a journalist, podcast host, and founder of Fintech Is Femme, a media brand sharing industry news, insights, and analysis from diverse voices in fintech who represent a new vision of what the industry can become: One powered by equitable opportunity & diversity. 60,000+ industry professionals subscribe to her podcast, newsletter, and events.

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