Being the "Other" in FinTech

Apr 13 - 14, 2017 · Charlotte, United States of America

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Join us for a candid, panel discussion on the critical impact of being the “other” in FinTech. We’ll discuss how today’s FinTech ecosystem can better utilize the people, ideas, and concepts that have been, traditionally, underrepresented. The topics will range from diversity of gender, race, and team backgrounds to financial literacy and the un(der)banked. We want you to be very involved in the discussion so bring our questions! We look forward to seeing you at HQ Charlotte!


Patrick Rivenbark (Moderator) - Let’s Talk Payments, VP - Strategic Partnerships

Patrick is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Let’s Talk Payments, a global FinTech research and media company with a daily reach of 100,000+ FinTech professional. Patrick’s working to strengthen MEDICI, the discovery and engagement platform for FinTech startups, innovators, investors and enterprises. Patrick previously work in the Innovation and Investment Office at FIS Global and is an Executive Board member for Innovate + Educate, a national non-profit aimed at creating new pathways to economic opportunity. 

Follow him on Twitter: @patrivenbark

Walt Frye - CRFE, Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship, Executive Director

 Walt Frye is a career financial services and technology executive with a passion for driving sustainable growth and operational improvements in financial institutions, technology companies, and non-profit organizations.

With over 15 years of executive experience in large financial services and technology companies, Walt currently serves as an advisor, mentor, board member, volunteer and angel investor in organizations and companies within Charlotte’s thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem. He currently serves as executive director for the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship (CRFE), which is the public-private partnership supported by the City of Charlotte and Chamber of Commerce to strengthen and elevate Charlotte's entrepreneurship ecosystem, and is also an advisor to Queen City FinTech.


Jessie Dennen

Over the past decades prior to her obsession with building community in FinTech, Jessie pursues identifying inclusion & architecting on progression within advancing organizations and products. Jessie has served as a strategic recruitment advisor to early-stage founding teams at AltaVista/Yahoo, Napster, Xtime, Cloudmark, Float Finance, Yodlee YNext Incubator, and Climate Corp. With deep expertise in inclusive team-building and operational development, she was instrumental in different phases in the growth of these companies. In recent years, Jessie has focused in advocating companies to build diverse strategic boards of directors, advisors while guiding introduction with advisement, and investment. Jessie also serves as a panel speaker, mentor and advocate for women, minorities, LGBTQ communities. 

Follow her on Twitter: @JessieatPercena

Kristin Wallace - BB&T, VP Emerging Payments

Kristin is the Head of Client Purchase Experience at BB&T, where she leads cross-functional teams to identify and capitalize on opportunities for the enterprise to innovate on the core banking competency of payments to deliver new and valuable services to clients. Prior to BB&T, she held several roles at Bank of America including management of regulatory and legislative issues related to payment card networks. Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MBA from Duke University. Kristin is on the Executive Committee for PayCLT and the fintech-focused Next Money CLT professional groups.

Follow her on Twitter: @KMHWallace.

Moody Heard - Queen City FinTech, Program Manager 

Moody is the Program Manager at Queen City FinTech and 2016 Venture for America Fellow. At Queen City FinTech, Moody is responsible for recruiting and vetting companies for Queen City FinTech accelerator cohorts, strategic relationships with tech partnership groups within Queen City FinTech's sponsor organizations, and is helping raise a finTech focused seed fund. Moody is a 2016 Washington and Lee University graduate. 


Ramy Serageldin - HoneyFi, Co-Founder & CEO

Ramy has over 15 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries with a focus on Innovation, Strategy, and Product Development. He has a passion for the ways in which technology can be used to improve people’s lives. He is a proven leader with extensive experience at both large corporations and start-ups. He thrives on the challenge of creating and growing a business. Ramy is currently working on bringing his new company, Honeyfi, to market. Honeyfi is focused on helping couples manage their money together. 

Follow him on Twitter: @sirrams


About the space:

HQ Charlotte at Packard Place is on a mission to foster lasting economic and social impact by providing entrepreneurs with affordable space, a trusted support network, access to investors and accelerators, business and lifestyle resources, and perks like an on-site coffee shop and local craft beer! Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, our 90,000 square foot space includes private offices, multiple co-working areas, meeting rooms, outdoor work and gathering space, event space, an on-site gym, a beautiful public park across the street, and easy access to local restaurants and things to do. Additionally, members of HQ Charlotte at Packard Place gain access to other HQ Communities in Raleigh and Greensboro, with future locations opening around the Southeast soon! To date, HQ Charlotte at Packard Place houses over 100 companies (and growing), operates 4 nationally-recognized technology accelerator programs, and hosts over 300 events annually. Learn more about our community at

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