Citi’s Head of Innovation Gives Advice to People Looking to Enter Fintech

Vanessa Colella is the head of innovation at Citi but she does not have a banking background; when she became Chief Marketing Officer at Citi in 2010 it was her first role within a bank; previously she was a junior high science teacher and AIDS educator before joining consulting firm McKinsey in their tech and media practice; she expects unorthodox career paths like hers will become more common going forward; Colella says, “In today’s career, it’s unlikely that people are going to have a linear progression…It’s far more likely that they’re going to do lots of different things, and what they’re going to rely on is the skills that they’ve built, the perspective that they’ve built, and what they’re passionate about.” Source.

Peter Renton is the chairman and co-founder of LendIt Fintech, the world’s first and largest digital media and events company focused on fintech.

LendIt Fintech conducts three conferences a year for the leading fintech markets of the USA, Europe, and Latin America. LendIt also provides cutting-edge content all year long via audio, video, and written channels.

Peter has been writing about fintech since 2010 and he is the author and creator of the Fintech One-on-One Podcast, the first and longest-running fintech interview series.

Peter has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNBC, CNN, Fortune, NPR, Fox Business News, the Financial Times, and dozens of other publications.

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