Women in FinTech: Bridging the Gender Gap in FinTech

Date: 2017-03-27, 06:00 PM
Location: WeWork Transbay, 535 Mission St, 14th floor, San Francisco
Silicon Valley is full of entrepreneurial men and women. Join us at this event to celebrate the contributions of start up founders, VC's, finance executives, media and more as we discuss the importance of inclusion and diversity (gender, race, orientation, etc.) in FinTech. The Panel consisting of a broad range of perspectives will discuss what the industry already does and where it can do better to encourage more inclusion in FinTech. We'll also talk about how better representation will lead to better FinTech products and services as a whole. You, the audience will also be invited to participate in the interactive discussion with your pressing questions that you can send to us in advance or pose at the event itself.


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Keynote Speaker:

Tracy A. Basinger: Group Vice President Financial Institution Supervision and Credit - Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Tracy Basinger is a Group Vice President in the Financial Institution Supervision and Credit Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In this role, she has three areas of responsibility – overseeing the consumer compliance and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) supervision function for the 12th Federal Reserve District, the Division’s Regulatory Applications function and the Division’s newly established team of fintech analysts that focus on better understanding the impacts, opportunities and regulatory questions posed by the emergence of the fintech industry.

Currently, Tracy is co-leading a Federal Reserve System fintech project. The project team is assessing the benefits and risks of financial innovation on the banking industry and the range of supervisory issues from both a safety and soundness and consumer protection perspective. The project covers a range of fintech segments that include lending, automated investments and savings, digital wallets, and distributed ledger technologies.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve System in 1989, Tracy held various operational positions at California financial institutions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward. 

inancial institutions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward. 


Shelly Kapoor Collins: General Partner - Shatter Fund (female entrepreneurs) - Propeller Venture Capital.

Technology is the greatest equalizer of the 21st century and without Women in Technology, there is no such equality.

Shelly made the leap from entrepreneur to investor and launched the Shatter Fund (Shatter), a venture fund investing in Technology companies started by female entrepreneurs. Shatter is the culmination of Shelly’s entire career of working in the Tech industry as a female founder and extensive experience in mentoring and empowering women in the US and abroad. Shelly serves as an advisor and investor to leading female led companies including GlamSquad, Talk Media News, On Second Thought, Kraus Aerospace and more.

Shelly has the privilege of being appointed to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) by the Obama Administration and served as Vice Chair of the Women in Public Service Project started by Secretary Hillary Clinton while at the State Department. Shelly has been named one of the top 20 influential Indian women by the Economic Times of India, named to the Forbes ‘40 women to watch over 40' list in 2013, and served as National Co-Chair for Technology during the 2012 presidential campaign for President Obama. Shelly is frequently asked to judge high profile startup pitch competitions including the first ever demo day at the White House.

Shelly is a staunch advocate for STEM education for women and girls and holds an MS in Management Information Systems and a BS in in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland College Park.    

Sophia Yen, MD MPH is the CEO of 

Sophia Yen, MD MPH is the CEO of, which makes women’s lives easier by bringing birth control to women wherever they have internet and a mailbox.

She went to MIT for her B.S., UCSF for her MD and Children's Hospital Oakland for pediatrics residency, UCSF for adolescent medicine fellowship, UC Berkeley for MPH and works at Stanford's Children's Health's Teen and Young Adult Clinic and the LPCH Pediatric Weight Clinic. She founded the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women and Mother of 2 lovely daughters and wife of a feminist supportive husband.

Sankaet Pathak: Founder & CEO - Synapse Financial Technologies

Sankaet founded Synapse while still completing a Master's in computer engineering at the University of Memphis, where he previously majored in computer engineering, physics and mathematics. Synapse was developed with an eye toward offering an AI/Machine Learning based viable alternative to legacy banking systems, while providing operational simplicity, efficiency & ease of integration to perform virtually any banking interaction. Synapse's business and engineering teams feature women prominently including a Head of Operations, Head of Business Development & Sales, Risk Officer, Integration Engineers etc. He ensures diversity and inclusion is a daily consideration for his entire team and recruits talented individuals with that in mind. The Synapse offices are a picture of inclusion with team members bringing in their pets and children to work with them with appropriate facilities in place to accommodate the needs of the different team members as they grow through different phases of life. Team mates from all cultures, ages, genders, orientations etc. ensure lively debates centered on ethics and the development of responsibly inclusive banking products.  


Elena Mesropyan, Market Research Analyst, Lets Talk Payments LLC (

Elena is a research professional with a background in social sciences and extensive experience in consumer behavior studies and marketing analytics. Elena is passionate about technologies and initiatives enabling inclusive opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities around the world.

Elena received her BA degree in Social Sciences (focus on qualitative/quantitative research and statistical analysis) from one of the top 3 national research institutions in Russia and continued her education in San Francisco, where she graduated from Hult International Business School with MA degree in International Marketing. As part of her degree, she worked at the Bank of the West in San Francisco on developing new offerings for target audience expansion with focus on millennials/young entrepreneurs.

In her current position at Lets Talk Payments, Elena manages custom research and content development with focus on FinTech industry. Part of her work is close collaboration with founders of startups and executives in established institutions that are developing and deploying initiatives that enable inclusion for vulnerable groups of global population, for international entrepreneurs and communities.

Aside from Elena is published on Irish Tech News, FinTech Ranking by Life.SREDA, Citi Tech for Integrity, BankDirector, FinXtech, and other outlets focusing on the financial services industry and FinTech, in particular.

We would like to thank our event sponsor WeWork: WeWork is a platform for creators. We provide the space, community, and services you need to create your life’s work. We are now home to more than 100,000 members in 120 locations across the globe.

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