Faculty

FinTech

Carla Maria De Silva

Regulatory Counsel, Square Inc.

Carla is Regulatory Counsel at Square, Inc. Square offers access to payments and capital to growing small businesses where Carla supports all lending product regulatory needs for eligible Square sellers. For over twenty years her practice has been focused on banking and financial services with extensive experience in the fast-paced FinTech industry, including regulatory, compliance, commercial contracts, licensing, M&A, product counseling and intellectual property. Carla has counseled the development and maintenance of product, governance and corporate compliance programs at various FinTech businesses and banks. Her focus: leveraging technology innovation for compliance as a competitive advantage in order to bridge the gap between the law and today’s demands on financial services providers. Carla is a founding co-chairperson of Square’s LatinX community, currently an advisor, is a leader on the Pro Bono Committee at Square, helping communities through legal assistance and is actively involved in other non-profits, supporting minority and women entrepreneurs.

Sarah Dodds-Brown

EVP & Managing Counsel, American Express

Sarah serves as Executive Vice President & Managing Counsel at American Express where she leads the U.S. Business Legal Group – a team of over 75 attorneys who provide legal and regulatory support for the company’s U.S. Consumer, Commercial and Global Merchant and Network Services businesses. She has been recognized as a strategic business partner who effectively challenges the status quo and creates momentum for change and evolution, and she has been instrumental in redefining the culture and expanding the engagement of the legal function at American Express. Sarah has served in a number of leadership capacities for Duke University and is the current Chair of the Planning Board for the City of New Rochelle. Sarah is also a member of the Advisory Board for DirectWomen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the representation of senior women lawyers on corporate boards, and she serves as the Chair of the Legal, Policy & Risk Committee of the Board Rye Country Day School.

Feather Foxworthy

Product & Regulatory Counsel, Blend

Feather is an attorney specializing in fintech and consumer financial services. She currently leads the product counsel team at Blend, a SaaS fintech startup focused on digitizing mortgage lending and streamlining the home-buying journey. She was previously in-house counsel at JPMorgan Chase, Square and LendingClub.

Nancy Hayes

Angel Investor

Nancy has been an active angel investor since 2014 and has a portfolio of 23 initial investments in companies with female founders and 13 follow-on investments in some of those companies. She serves as a mentor to women entrepreneurs by providing feedback on their strategy and pitch deck, advising them on how to present to investors, and providing introductions where appropriate. She has also taught Introduction to Angel Investing and How to Present to Investors and is a frequent panelist and pitch judge. She serves as mentor/advisor for several accelerators and women’s entrepreneurship groups. She was a senior executive of the IBM Corporation for almost 20 years and subsequently was CEO of two social services nonprofit organizations, Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University, CFO of that university, cofounder of a rewards-based crowdfunding site, and Managing Director of the Golden Seeds angel group Silicon Valley chapter for three years.

Juli Greenberg

Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Citi Global Digital Payments

Juli is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel supporting Citi’s Digital Legal Team where she advises Citi’s global consumer bank on new digital products, services and experiences. In her role, Juli manages regulatory and contractual concerns related to Citi’s use of emerging payment technologies and engagement in strategic digital relationships, including consumer protection laws, data privacy laws, federal banking regulation and payment network rules. She represents Citi’s accelerator, D10X, by advising internal entrepreneurs on various legal issues facing financial technology startup enterprises.

Inna N. Jackson

Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Regional Legal Head for North America HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Inna is an SVP & Associate General Counsel, serving as the Regional Legal Head for North America, GLCM at HSBC. In this role, Inna leads a team supporting the liquidity, payments and cash management products and services offered to HSBC’s Global Banking and Commercial Banking customers. Prior to joining HSBC in mid-October 2019, Inna spent nine years at American Express, most recently as member of the Digital and Data Partnerships legal group. In that role, Inna led a key team that supported the launch and expansion of numerous strategic partnerships with Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and PayPal and served as a key thought leader and contributor in the development and evolution of Amex’s data strategy framework. Prior to Amex, Inna spent seven years in private practice as an M&A lawyer. Inna continues to be passionate about the evolution of banking; changing role of FinTechs globally; and developments in the payments, privacy, and data space. 

Edwina Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, Alloy

Edwina is the COO at Alloy which provides instant identity and risk decisioning for financial services. Prior to this Edwina led the Startupbootcamp FinTech accelerator in London, then New York, sourcing, selecting, and accelerating the best FinTech startups globally each year. Edwina has previously co-founded an AdTech startup and has further experience within operations and digital marketing across international consultancies and agencies. Additionally, Edwina sits on the steering committee for NYC Fintech Women, a community that aims to support, empower, and promote women in their professional advancement in FinTech.

Cheryl Kallem

Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Cheryl has over 30 years of executive management experience and an excellent track record across a diverse set of positions. She is experienced in many areas of the financial services industry, including asset management, mutual funds, private investment partnerships and broker/dealers. Her background includes serving as a Chief Financial and Operations Officer, with responsibilities encompassing finance, operations, administration, information technology, corporate governance, risk management and compliance. Cheryl has also been active in vendor, industry, community and not-for-profit boards and has assumed leadership roles in those activities. In 2017, Cheryl became a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel group that invests in early stage women led companies. In that role, she is actively involved in selecting and mentoring Golden Seeds companies. She also serves as a mentor at ERA, a New York based accelerator for startup companies, and has served as a judge of pitch competition.

Dana Kanze

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Dr. Dana Kanze holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia Business School. Her research applies behavioural insights to understand sources of labour market inequality, spanning the areas of judgment and decision making, ethics, motivation science and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kanze’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, as well as in practitioner outlets such as the Harvard Business Review. Her research has been featured by BBC Radio, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Chicago Booth Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., MIT Sloan Management Review, Pitchbook, Quartz, Scientific American, TechCrunch, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wharton Magazine. Accomplished as an ad hoc reviewer and TED speaker, Dr. Kanze started her career as an investment banker and strategic consultant for Citigroup and Winterberry Group, going on to co-found and run a venture-funded startup before re-entering education.

Leslie Wims Morris

Managing Director, Head of Corporate Development, JP Morgan Chase

Leslie is the Head of Corporate Development for JP Morgan Chase (JPMC) where she leads an organization focused on partnership strategy for the firm’s largest partners and on developing a robust deal governance model, working in partnership with both the business and key functional teams across the firm. Corporate Development drives partnerships and investments in digital capabilities and fintech, as well as JPMC’s relationships with tech giants, co-brands and networks to drive innovation in payments and banking. Leslie sits on the firm’s Investment Committee and serves on the Boards of both Persado and Greenlight Financial. Leslie has 20+ years of in-depth experience in strategy, business development, and high-level general management leadership with extensive knowledge of the financial services industry.

Diana Murakhovskaya

Co-Founder and General Partner, The Artemis Fund

Diana is the co-founder and General Partner of The Artemis Fund. The Artemis Fund is an early stage venture capital fund that backs women-led companies nationally. She spent a decade in tech investment banking M&A and commodities sales and trading on Wall Street. After building and launching the first women-only iPhone app for new friends and networking she became compelled to solve the difficulties women founders faced in fundraising. She went on to co-found Monarq Incubator, the first national, funding focused incubator curated for gender diverse founding teams. She and her partner sold the Monarq Incubator to the Female Founder Alliance. She is an active angel investor and member of the Houston entrepreneurial community with deep roots in her home town of NYC.

Gail Perry-Mason

Financial Advisor, Senior Director-Investments, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Gail, of Detroit, Michigan, is a respected authority in the financial industry and a bestselling author. The Women’s Informal Network elected her as one of Detroit’s Most Influential Women in the Financial Industry in 1999. She is a sought-after speaker for many corporations, agencies, labor unions, religious groups, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, women’s groups, and schools. Each year, she hosts “Money Matters for Youth,” a one-week camp that teaches children financial literacy, instructing over 6,000 young people in the Detroit-Metro area and mentoring more than 25 young women who are now professionals in the financial industry. She is also conducting a program in the Detroit Public Schools that teaches financial literacy and outlines the steps to entrepreneurship. Additionally, she served as chairperson for the Tavis Smiley Youth to Leaders Program in Detroit. While juggling her demanding career in the financial industry and public appearances, Perry-Mason found the time in 1996 to write and publish her first book, Money Matters for Families, which served as a manual for the employees at DaimlerChrysler on managing finances. In 2004, she published her second book, Girl, Make Your Money Grow, with co-author Glinda Bridgforth.

Jeffrey Seltzer

Managing Partner, Pierce Yates Ventures

Jeff is the Managing Partner of Pierce Yates Ventures which provides early stage funding and advice to emerging companies with a focus on the fintech and sportstech verticals. He is on the board of directors/advisory boards of numerous startups and is a mentor at the Barclays/TechStars Fintech Accelerator, Startup Bootcamp Fintech/Cyber, Qatar Sports Tech and Parallel 18. He is a member of NY Angels where he served on the board for many years. Jeff was Managing Director and one of the founders of the Derivative Products Group at Lehman Brothers and then moved to CIBC World Markets where he became Deputy Chairman of its U.S. investment bank. He subsequently joined as COO of Adirondack Trading Partners which was the corporate founder of the International Securities Exchange that went on to an IPO. He served as chairman of two governmental economic development agencies and as a director of a sports commission in the New York area. He was an advisor for many years to the federal government on both small business and trade.

Laurie Sellick

Regulatory Counsel, Founder & Co-Lead of Women@Affirm, Affirm

Laurie is a former regulator and consumer protection law expert who is now Regulatory Counsel at Affirm, a financial lending platform for consumers to use at the point of sale to finance a purchase.

Lana Shneydina

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Sunbit

Lana is Sunbit’s General Counsel, leading all legal and regulatory compliance matters. She holds an LLM degree from UCLA Law School, a law degree from the International Solomon University and an MA in International Economics and Finance from Kyiv National Economics University. Her most recent role was Deputy General Counsel at Avant where she supervised all regulatory aspects of business. Prior to Avant, Lana built and managed the legal team at Global Analytics. She also has significant experience from her time as consumer finance regulatory and compliance counsel at Enova International.

Joshua B. Siegel

General Partner, Acronym Venture Capital

Joshua is a General Partner at Acronym Venture Capital and overseas the day-to-day activities and operations including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with LPs, attracting LP capital, and developing Acronym’s professional network. Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products. Joshua was formerly the General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, a top performing US VC, Director of Market Intelligence at Citicorp Debt Capital Markets, Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank and was with the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC). In 2007, he became an active angel investor with interests in software and technology.

David True

Partner, Paygility Advisors

David has a long history in the payments industry, working with issuers, networks, merchants, processors, and fintech firms. He has developed and directed strategy, marketing, new products, operations and finance at companies including American Express and Mastercard. Currently, he advises several technology startups. David is a partner at PayGility Advisors, which helps firms navigate the changing world of payments, and president of NYPAY, a professional group where payment leaders and fintech innovators meet to learn and network. His recent work includes due diligence on a merger target, launching a tablet point-of-sale (POS) system, finding profitable markets for a closed-loop mobile payment platform and reducing acceptance costs for several merchants.