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Future Forum – The Future of FinTech

September 26, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

About our Presenting Sponsor
Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. With our strong academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and many campus amenities, CSU Dominguez Hills is committed to connecting our students to a high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills, and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

The Future of FinTech

Global investment in financial technology (FinTech) ventures reached $25 billion in 2016, clearly signifying that the digital revolution has taken root in the financial services sector. Nearly every sector of the financial services industry has been disrupted by technology. This digital disruption has the potential to shrink the role and relevance of today’s banks, and simultaneously help them create better, faster, cheaper services that make them an even more essential part of everyday life for institutions and individuals.
FinTech’s evolution has revealed both the benefits and shortcomings of technology’s disruption of the financial services industry. While the processes are easier and more transparent, there are still some parts that are dependent on human interaction. It remains unclear whether this presents more of a challenge or an opportunity for industry incumbents, but established financial services players are starting to take bold steps to engage with emerging innovations.
Join us for this Future Forum as we examine the innovative companies that are shaping the future of FinTech, blockchain’s ever expanding role, and how to best prepare tomorrow’s workforce  to address the needs of this constantly evolving and growing industry.

Admission Cost

General Public: $65.00
LAEDC Member: $40.00
Student Rate: $25.00
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Questions?  Contact LAEDC’s Maneesha Horshin at 213-236-4864.
Cancellation and Substitution Policy: cancellations to your registration may be made 7 days prior to the event with a full refund.  After this time, only substitutions may be made for your registration.  All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected].

Keynote Speaker

Presented by 

Justin O’Connor, PwC, Director, Financial Services Digital Group
Justin will provide a global view of FinTech and how it is shaping technological innovation in the financial services sector, including: blockchain; automation and robotics; data analytics and science; crypto-currency; and the evolution of the traditional retail bank.
Justin is a Director in PwC’s Financial Services Digital group, where he helps lead the Digital Banking practice. Justin has over 18 years of consulting, operations, and technology experience in the Financial Services industry. He has a long track record of success working with clients to define their digital strategy and execute exceptional delivery.  Justin’s primary areas of expertise are digital strategy and planning, customer experience definition, large scale program execution and management, business process management, merger and system integration, analytics/business intelligence, and data governance.
Before joining PwC, Justin was a Product Manager for a Financial Services software company and he started his career at Merrill Lynch where he had roles as a Broker (Registered Rep), Operations Manager, and Technical Analyst.
Justin has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and a M.S in Information Technology form the University of Denver.

Featured Speaker

Alyse Killeen, Managing Partner of StillMark Co. and StillMark Capital
Alyse will be sharing the current trends on venture capital investment in FinTech and the technologies that are shaping the future of the financial services industry
Alyse Killeen is a venture capitalist with seed stage to pre-IPO investment experience in infrastructure, enterprise, and consumer technologies, and one of the very first traditional venture capitalists to participate as an investor and advisor in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems – as early as 2013. Alyse was one of the initial few VCs to delve into token incentivized software-based networks and token sales (also known as ICOs or TGEs) in 2013, and an Advisory Board Chairperson to one of the very first companies ever to host such a token distribution. Prior to StillMark, Alyse was an investor with two of Los Angeles’ largest and most esteemed venture capital firms.
To give back to the startup community, Alyse volunteers as a Mentor at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator and Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, as a Mentor at XRC Labs, an NYC-based accelerator, and as a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab’s Expert Network, a nonprofit program for top-tier women-led tech companies.

Featured Industry Experts

Bryan Myint, Managing Director, Republic Crypto & Partner at Taureon Capital
Bryan will share case studies around blockchain and cryptocurrency technology and its usage across various industries.
Bryan has been investing in cryptocurrencies and researching blockchain technology since early 2017. Prior experience includes being a strategy consultant for big pharma clients, project manager at early stage startups, and product engineer for medical devices. Bryan graduated from UCLA with a degree in Bioengineering in 2010.

Andrea Marcos, Credit Manager, Tala
Andrea will share insights on how FinTech is used to provide financial access to under-served communities around the globe and how technology and data personalization is utilized to connect borrowers to lenders.
Andrea Marcos is a passionate credit and big data analyst on a mission to make the world a better place for those living on the base of the socio-economic pyramid. She’s currently a Credit Manager at Tala where she oversees the Mexico and Philippines portfolios. Previously, she was a Business Analyst at ZestFinance, another fintech start-up based in Los Angeles, CA where she ran credit risk analytics and mail marketing for an online lender.
Andrea’s academic background is in Mathematics (major) and Sociology (minor) from Northwestern University, where she obtained a Bachelors degree with honors from the highly-selective Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS) program, and a Master in Applied Finance (MSF) from Pepperdine University. She has experience overseeing large data sets and trend analysis in the Telecommunications and Fintech industries using different statistical software.

Tayyeb Shabbir, Ph. D., Associate Dean, College of Business Administration and Public Policy, CSUDH
Dr. Shabbir will be providing perspective from the academic community on how we are preparing the future workforce of FinTech, and which career paths will be needed.
An alum of the University of Pennsylvania (Ph. D. Economics), Dr. Tayyeb Shabbir is currently the Associate Dean and a Professor of Finance in CBAPP at CSUDH. Dr. Shabbir has significant administrative, teaching and research experience. His areas of expertise include study of financial crises, investment strategies of Sovereign Wealth Funds, entrepreneurial finance, microfinance, and human capital investments. Dr. Shabbir has scores of publications to his credit including a coedited book with a Nobel laureate in Economics. The Press often interviews Dr. Shabbir who serves as a keynote speaker and has consulted with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and business organizations.

Welcoming Remarks

Elsa Flores
SVP, Strategic Relations
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

About Future Forum:  The Transformation of L.A.’s Key Industries
Dive into Future Forums and learn how to stake your claim on the economy of the future.
Are you and your company prepared to be part of L.A. County’s new economy? LAEDC’s Future Forums series take a deep dive into burgeoning industries like virtual medicine, cybersecurity, digital entertainment, and artificial intelligence. As technological innovation and globalization take the economy in new directions, this region is destined to be an incubator for business opportunities that were only an entrepreneur’s dream a few years ago. Each Future Forum will be your chance to learn about the trends ahead, the workforce demands that will be required and, most importantly, the opportunities that will be available tomorrow.


September 26, 2018
7:30 am - 10:30 am
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