Being a startup founder can be challenging. Now add being a female to that, and it gets tougher. Let's get fintech female founders together, and you might see the word "rare" get highlighted. 88% of Fintech founders are male. Women make up 23% of traditional bank boards but only 14% of fintech boards. We have a long way to go achieving gender parity in this sector. Let's meet the brave female founders who are paving the way to make fintech more equitable. Learn the following: - The trends shaping the fintech sector - The targeted fintech solutions to meet changing needs - Developing products for a diverse and inclusive customer base - The opportunities to support female founder
Female, Fearless, Fintech Founders
Oona Rokyta is the CEO and cofounder of Lance. She's a frequent speaker on the future of work, flexible work, and evolving business finance landscape. Previously, Oona's career included freelancing as a PR and marketing professional as well as leading and executing marketing efforts for Fortune 500 multinationals and international startups. She's worked as a part of the Aleph venture capital fund in Tel Aviv, Israel, helping various Israeli startups launch in new markets across cyber security, consumer technology, and insurance. In the consumer space, Oona helped launch top-rated Healthy Paws Pet insurance. Oona has also worked with companies like Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard in the legal, intellectual property (IP), trade legislation, and public affairs fields. She is currently a member of the Forbes Finance Council and NationalSwell.
Fonta Gilliam is the CEO and Founder of wellthi, a fintech company based in Washington, DC. Ms. Gilliam has over 10 years of development finance experience working in the United States, Africa, and Asia as a U.S. Diplomat and a management consultant in Deloitte's
Emerging Markets Practice. Over the course of her career, she led numerous White House and U.S. State Department initiatives, including launching two of the U.S. Government’s first women’s business centers in Africa and designing innovative financing facilities to unlock capital for women and small businesses in the United States, Kenya, Morocco, Zambia, Nigeria, South Korea, and China. In 2016, she was awarded the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Franklin Award for her tireless work to support economic empowerment and financial inclusion initiatives in Africa. Ms. Gilliam has a Master of Arts in economic development from American University’s School of International Studies (SIS) and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Howard University. wellthi has been featured in Forbes, the Washington Business Journal, Nationswell and the American Banker. Learn more about wellthi by visiting www.wellthiapp.com.
Michelai Graham is a freelance business and technology reporter. She completed her M.A. in journalism and public affairs with an investigative reporting focus in July 2018. Graham mainly reports on tech, startups, entrepreneurship, and trends.