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April 22, 2019 - 8:00am to April 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
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Tackling Unconscious Bias in FinTech

Recognizing unconscious bias has a tremendous impact on the culture and sustainability of businesses, this session will highlight recent study results related to the impact of unconscious bias on organizations. Hear from top executives in the FinTech sector how they have experienced that impact first hand and how they deal with it. The panel will address the effects of unconscious bias in the following key areas:

-Talent Acquisition and Management


-Calculating Risks


Questions this session is intended to answer:


What is unconscious bias?

Why is it important to be aware of unconscious bias?

Once recognized, how do you navigate and overcome bias' that could adversely impact your business/team?


Moderator/Speaker:  Stephanie Foster

Stephanie is a Product Manager at Fiserv overseeing the rollout of new payment products. Previously, she worked for the Western Union Company for many years and held roles of increasing responsibility from Intern to Senior Regional Manager, leading a global cross-functional team and overseeing $50M+ in revenue, 1,000+ agent locations spread over 13 unique territories. Stephanie’s corporate experience over the years has exposed her to sales, marketing, business development, account management, operations and P&L management making her a well-rounded Product Manager.

Panelists: Esther Pigg and Nicole Baxby

Esther leads the Product Strategy team for FIS Banking & Payments that spans core banking, retail and corporate payments, merchant, network, fraud and loyalty programs. By maintaining a 360 view of future trends and competitive impacts to the banking and payments landscape, the Product Strategy team serves as the "voice of the market" to align investment strategies with business and product partners.

Prior to her current role, Esther served as industry ambassador and platform expert for clearXchange, now Zelle, to establish the network in market. Additionally, Esther led product management and strategy teams at FIS, Fiserv and Bank of America. She began her career with Chase in Private and Commercial Banking.

Esther currently serves on the FinTech Atlanta Board/Executive Committee, the FinTech Board of the Technology Association of Georgia and the American Transaction Processing Coalition Policy Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and completed the Advanced Topics in Cash Management at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is a Certified Cash Manager and is Pragmatic Marketing certified.

Nicole Baxby is an Account Director at Featurespace responsible for key North American accounts. Nicole works with financial institutions to help them leverage Featurespace’s machine learning and AI solutions to fight fraud. She brings over 14 years of expertise in the financial technology industry, most recently working in FinTech consulting with TSYS International based in the United Kingdom. Nicole was recognized as part of 2018 Money 20/20 Rise Up program, serves as a Wnet Rise Up Ambassador and was also named Georgia Forward's 2019 Young Gamechanger. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from CSU.