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Welcome to FinTech's DEI Discussions, powered by Harrington Starr. In this podcast we discuss the development and entrenchment of diversity and inclusion in financial services and technology by speaking to the most prevalent voices within the space. FinTech's DEI Discussions is home to four series: The Women of FinTech; The Humans of FinTech; The Talent of FinTech; The Families of FinTech.This award-winning podcast series is showcasing how we can all walk the talk for change across the space, sharing actionable insights that will equate to a tangible difference.

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Welcome to FinTech's DEI Discussions, powered by Harrington Starr. In this podcast we discuss the development and entrenchment of diversity and inclusion in financial services and technology by speaking to the most prevalent voices within the space. FinTech's DEI Discussions is home to four series: The Women of FinTech; The Humans of FinTech; The Talent of FinTech; The Families of FinTech.This award-winning podcast series is showcasing how we can all walk the talk for change across the space, sharing actionable insights that will equate to a tangible difference.

    FinTech's DEI Discussions #WomenofFinTech | Tanya Ziv, Strategic Operations Executive

    FinTech's DEI Discussions #WomenofFinTech | Tanya Ziv, Strategic Operations Executive

    On this latest episode of FinTech's DEI Discussions, Nadia is joined by Tanya Ziv, Strategic Operations Executive.


    In this episode, Tanya shares her journey from legal expertise to leading pivotal roles in prominent FinTech companies, highlighting how her diverse background fuels innovation and progressive strategies in a traditionally tech-dominated field.


    Tanya advocates for leadership that not only drives operational excellence but also champions a supportive environment where every team member can thrive and contribute their best.


    Discussing the nuanced dynamics of inclusion, Tanya argues that genuine diversity extends beyond mere statistics, requiring leaders to actively engage with and understand their teams' unique perspectives and needs. She offers insightful advice on nurturing an inclusive culture through attentive leadership and the strategic development of core values that resonate across all levels of an organisation.

    • 15 min
    FinTech's DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | JB Benjamin, Founder and CEO of Kryotech

    FinTech's DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | JB Benjamin, Founder and CEO of Kryotech

    On this latest episode of FinTech's DEI Discussions, Nadia is joined by JB Benjamin, Founder and CEO of Kryotech.


    In this episode, we delve into JB's journey from concept to execution and showcase the innovative approaches to encryption and user empowerment in the fintech industry.


    The conversation takes a deep dive into the societal impacts of technology, especially in terms of inclusivity and ethical practices. JB critiques the homogeneity in tech leadership and calls for a broader spectrum of diversity, not just in demographics but in thought and culture, to enrich technology's development and application. 


    JB challenges the industry to reevaluate its definitions of diversity and inclusion, advocating for practices that truly accommodate the myriad dimensions of human difference.

    • 10 min
    FinTech's DEI Discussions #WomenOfFinTech | Lisa Leid, Fintech PR and Communications Manager

    FinTech's DEI Discussions #WomenOfFinTech | Lisa Leid, Fintech PR and Communications Manager

    "You can't be a feminist if you are not looking at how to help other disenfranchised communities. And I know there are different strains of feminism, but I believe if you're helping one community, it has to really help the others."

    In this episode of #WomenOfFinTech, we spotlight the transformative journey and insights of Lisa Leid, Fintech PR and Communications Expert and Innovate Finance power listee. 

    With a passion for diversity and inclusion, Lisa shares her unique path into the financial technology industry, highlighting the importance of authentic representation, male advocacy, and the power of storytelling in driving industry-wide change. 

    She delves into the critical need for action beyond dialogue to bridge the gender pay gap and elevate women and underrepresented communities to leadership positions. 

    Lisa's impactful work, including initiatives like the FinTech Guide for Advancing, Cultivating and Elevating your Black Talent (in collaboration with us at Harrington Starr), showcases her commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable Fintech ecosystem.

    • 17 min
    From Insight to Action: The Power of Inclusive Communities | FinTech's DEI Discussions with Nadia Edwards-Dashti

    From Insight to Action: The Power of Inclusive Communities | FinTech's DEI Discussions with Nadia Edwards-Dashti

    In the latest episode of FinTech's DEI Discussions, host Nadia leverages her 19 years in recruitment to spotlight the power of inclusive practices in the workplace. 


    She shares how engaging with thousands of female and non-binary candidates has revealed the importance of diversity in sparking innovation and breaking away from the norm of following the top earner's opinion. 


    Nadia stresses that despite the challenges faced in 2023, prioritising a culture of psychological safety, active listening, and equitable opportunities is key to business success. 


    She argues that such an approach not only boosts employee engagement and productivity but also equips businesses to adeptly handle market complexities with innovation and inclusivity at the forefront.

    • 13 min
    FinTech's DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | Trier Bryant, Investor, People (HR) and DEI Executive

    FinTech's DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | Trier Bryant, Investor, People (HR) and DEI Executive

    On this latest episode of FinTech's DEI Discussions, Nadia is joined by Trier Bryant, Investor, People (HR) and DEI Executive.


    In this episode, Trier shares valuable insights on the nuances of DEI, emphasising the importance of a comprehensive strategy across the entire employee lifecycle.


    The pair discuss the challenges of making inclusion more inclusive and sustainable, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. She encourages leaders to approach DEI with compassion and actionable empathy, focusing on optimising talent for the benefit of all employees. 


    Trier urges leaders to put pen to paper and develop DEI strategies that align with business goals, treating DEI discussions as essential during board meetings.

    • 22 min
    FinTech's DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | Meri Williams, CTO of Pleo

    FinTech's DEI Discussions #HumansofFinTech | Meri Williams, CTO of Pleo

    On this latest episode of FinTech's DEI Discussions, Nadia is joined by Meri Williams, CTO of Pleo.


    This episode highlights Meri's extensive experience, from building part of South Africa's first satellite as a teenager to leading tech initiatives in various sectors, including fintech at Pleo. 


    Meri brings a unique perspective on inclusion within the fintech industry, emphasising the importance of embracing neurodiversity and creating inclusive work environments. 


    The discussion explores the transformative power of fintech, the role of regulatory challenges in innovation, and the need for truly representative tech conferences. 


    Meri stresses the significance of intersectionality, sharing personal experiences of privilege and the journey towards creating spaces where everyone can be themselves and succeed.

    • 23 min

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