Wednesday, March 10, 2021
While acknowledging that progress has been made, IWD organizers noted that achieving true gender parity may take another hundred years. "There's no place for complacency," they wrote. "According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children."
Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) and NYC Fintech Women kicked off the day with virtual events. Following are highlights from the morning webinars.
"Women on the Move," presented by Wnet and JPMorgan Chase & Co., honored women's achievements by sharing diverse perspectives from Chase's four operating regions.
"Women in Leadership, Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World," hosted by NYC FinTech Women, Nasdaq and UN Women, began with sponsor introductions and culminated with closing comments by Brad Peterson, chief technology officer and chief information officer, Nasdaq. The agenda included the following panel discussions:
Conversations about diversity and financial inclusion continued throughout International Women's Day, underscoring the fintech community's commitment to these causes. A white paper published Feb. 4, 2021, by the Electronic Transactions Association, shows payments industry stakeholders have been working to improve access to financial services. How FinTech is Addressing the Financial Needs of the Underserved is part of the ETA's Industry Insights series.
"FIs and FinTechs broaden the availability of existing offerings by making them more accessible and lowering costs," ETA researchers wrote. "Expanding access to the financial system not only empowers consumers to take control of their financial well-being, but also creates a more resilient and inclusive economy."
The white paper indicated that technologies have played a crucial role in expanding access to financial offerings, such as prepaid products, financial literacy programs, mobile payments and banking services, Peer-2-Peer payments, expanded internet access and small business lending. Innovation in this space is providing high-quality, responsible, secure and affordable financial services, the ETA stated. A copy of the report is available at: electran.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-ETA-Whitepaper-on-the-Underserved.pdf .
Arkose Labs provided a fitting finale to a day of celebrations with a virtual cocktail party in honor of International Women's Day. Guests from information security and financial services joined in from around the world, sharing their views of what International Women's Day meant to them, both individually and professionally.
In opening comments, Kevin Gosschalk, chief executive officer at Arkose Labs, welcomed attendees, stating that he is grateful to Arkose Labs for doing its part to champion women.
"We put a lot of proactive effort into challenging bias in the workplace," Gosschalk said. "We have a great team at Arkose, which continues to look at metrics and makes sure that we're getting the right ratios and asking the right questions."
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