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.
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.
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 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.
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Citi Global Digital Payments
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.
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.
Managing Director, Golden Seeds
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
Leslie Wims Morris
Managing Director, Head of Corporate Development, JP Morgan Chase
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.
Financial Advisor, Senior Director-Investments, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
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.
Regulatory Counsel, Founder & Co-Lead of Women@Affirm, Affirm
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Sunbit
Joshua B. Siegel
General Partner, Acronym Venture Capital
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.