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NYC FinTech Women to Honor the Inspiring FinTech Females of 2019

Updated: Dec 10, 2019


NYC FinTech Women to Honor the Inspiring FinTech Females of 2019 by Ringing The Investors Exchange (IEX) Opening Bell on December 10, 2019

NEW YORK, NY – December 10, 2019 – NYC FinTech Women, a fully volunteer organization that proudly serves and empowers its 4,000+ members and the greater FinTech Women community through mentorship, sponsorship, and networking opportunities, will celebrate the Inspiring FinTech Females of 2019 by ringing The Investors Exchange (“IEX”) opening bell on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

NYC FinTech Women’s inaugural list of the Inspiring FinTech Females of 2019 was announced on November 18, 2019, and honors women transforming the FinTech ecosystem. The honored 50 women include 18 company founders as well as industry leaders with positions that span C-Suite level executives, technology developers, consultants, venture capital leaders, marketing and public relations experts, and specialized lawyers, in business and consumer-facing FinTech companies, venture capital funds, national banks and financial services firms, law firms, and marketing and public relations agencies.

This year, hundreds of women were nominated for inclusion by their peers and colleagues. The nominees were vetted by NYC FinTech Women’s esteemed judging panel that included, Jean Donnelly, Executive Director of FinTech Sandbox, Ruth MacQuiddy, Technology Research & Development at JP Morgan Chase, and Tejal Mody, Managing Director and Head of Business Development & Strategy at Rabobank. The judges selected women based on their impact on the greater FinTech industry as well as their embodiment of the NYC FinTech Women's mission: to strengthen the FinTech ecosystem by empowering and sponsoring women who are transformative.

Honorees in the Founders category include: Nora Apsel, Co-Founder of Morty; Nami Baral, Founder & CEO of Harvest Platform; Carmelle Cadet, Founder & CEO of EMTECH; Luan Cox, Founder & CEO of FinMkt; Katie English, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer of Harness Wealth; Nicky Goulimis, Co-Founder, Chief Operation Officer of Nova Credit; Gabrielle Haddad, Founder, Chief Operating Officer of SigmaRatings, Inc.; Margaret J. Hartigan, CEO & Founder of Marstone, Inc.; Rhian Horgan, Founder & CEO of Kindur; Samantha Katz, Co-Founder of Left Tackle Capital; Laura Kornhauser, CEO & Co-founder of Stratyfy Inc.; Liz Loewy, Co-Founder & COO of Eversafe; Pat Loret de Mola, Founder, Chairman & CEO of HashLynx Inc.; Joyce Mehlman, Owner of iLex Consulting Group; Ramona Ortega, Founder of My Money My Future; Misha Rao, Founder of Haus of FinTech; Laura Spiekerman, Co-Founder, Chief Revenue Officer of Alloy; and Latoya Westbrooks, Founder of Wealthly.


Honorees in the Leaders category include: Beth Batiuchok-Colon, Regulation Oversight Lead, Investors Exchange LLC (IEX); Sharon Carmeli, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of Bluevine Capital Inc.; Carly De Diego, Chief Client Officer of AdvisorEngine; Maria Gotsch, President & CEO of Partnership Fund for New York City; Alexandra Levin, CEO of; Frida Polli, CEO of Pymetrics; Ryan Rugg, Global Industry Lead of R3; Natalie Sunderland, Chief Marketing Officer of Addepar; and Melissa Wassar, Director of FT Partners.

Honorees in the Money Movers category include: Nisa Amoils, VC, Attorney, Author, Media at Grasshopper Capital; Elizaveta Chistyakova, Senior Associate at Centana Growth Partners; Sara Elinson, Americas FinTech M&A Leader at Ernst & Young, LLP; Jennifer Lee, Vice President at Edison Partners; Joyce Shen, Investment Director & Operation Partner at Tenfore Holdings; and Devika Tampi, Senior Manager Corporate Business Development at Fidelity.

Honorees in the Network Builders category include: Elle Carter, Director of Partner Success at Jetty; Mariquit Corcoran, Group Innovation, Managing Director at Barclays,; Lauren Crossett, Enterprise Account Executive at Plaid; Annie DeStefano, Vice President of FinTech at Silicon Valley Bank; Kelly Fryer, Director at Techstars; Kristin Haug, Director of Innovations Lab at KPMG Ignition; Natalie Jaeger, Director of Growth Marketing at Zoe Financial; Samrah Kazmi, Advisory Industry Consultant at The SAS Institute, Inc.; Grace Keith Rodriguez, President of Caliber Corporate Advisers; Svetla Marinova, FinTech Manager at Grant Thornton; Rudmila Rahman, Corporate Business Development Manager at Amazon; and Sabrina Tharani, Director, Global Startup Partnerships at MasterCard.

Honorees in the Product Builders include: Anusha Dandapani, Vice President, Data Science at Barclays; Jenny Miller, Product Manager at TransferWise; Margaret-Ann Seger, Senior Product Manager, Payments at Uber; Sunaina Swaminathan, Head of Data Acquisition at M Science LLC; and Emily Watson, Director, Payments and Global Banking at Flywire.

“We are honored to be ringing the IEX opening bell in celebration of these truly inspiring women,” said Michelle Tran, Co-Founder, NYC FinTech Women. “We founded this organization to strengthen the FinTech industry by equalizing the gender balance and to give the females of FinTech a platform to build a community of amazing leaders.”

Sasha Pilch, Co-Founder, NYC FinTech Women, adds, “We thank IEX for their generous invitation to ring the market opening bell. It’s such a perfect way to end an epic year! The 46 events we have hosted at NYC’s top fintech companies plus our online content initiatives have allowed us to help so many women to advance their careers. We are so grateful for the support of our volunteers, members, and male allies who have been instrumental in us achieving such a large impact.”

About NYC FinTech Women

NYC FinTech Women is a fully volunteer organization that proudly serves and empowers its 4,000 + members and the greater FinTech Women community through mentorship, sponsorship, and networking opportunities. Our events provide women with the tools to expand their network, land a job in the FinTech community or educate themselves about the newest trends. To become a member or sponsor, please visit

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