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FinTech for Executives: Understanding and Managing Innovation in Financial Technology

FinTech for Executives: Understanding and Managing Innovation in Financial Technology

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FinTech for Executives: Understanding and Managing Innovation in Financial Technology


FinTech and blockchain technologies have transformed financial services, disrupting every aspect of the industry from payments and wealth management to raising capital and market price discovery.  At the same time FinTech has opened opportunities for incumbent organizations to develop new partnerships and improve operational efficiency from cost control, capital allocation to customer acquisition.

Taught by industry and academic leaders David Yermack and Kathleen DeRose, this course equips participants with an understanding of key FinTech concepts, strategies and implications. Participants will examine the evolution of financial technologies and digital currencies, and identify the pros, cons and opportunities surrounding these innovations. Participants will also learn about the regulatory frameworks currently in place to address privacy and law enforcement challenges. The course will close with a discussion from the C-suite perspective about the broader implications of artificial intelligence/machine learning on future job markets.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Foundations

    Understand what FinTech is, the opportunities it provides and how financial innovation differs from industrial innovation
  • Methods & Tools

    Learn about the primary FinTech data science methods and tools and how they apply to real FinTech problems today
  • Implications of FinTech

    Gain insight into the limits, risks and broader policy and social implications of FinTech, including regulation, privacy and data security

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    Designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience
  • Job Functions

    Ideal for professionals who make business decisions that affect the firm’s financial results, are impacted by financial models, or are interested in the future of the financial sector
  • Prerequisites

    Intended for professionals who want to develop a foundational understanding of financial technologies


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
Session 1: Introduction to Financial Innovation
  • What is FinTech? How did it arise and why do we need it?
  • What are opportunities are provided by financial innovations?
  • How is financial innovation different than industrial innovation?
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Session 2: Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies
  • How do blockchains actually work, and why is it such a valuable technology?
  • What are the risks and opportunities associated with digital currencies?
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception

    8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast
    Session 3: Operational, Technological and Regulatory Risks in the FinTech Space
    • What are the risks associated with FinTech?
    • What are the policy and regulatory frameworks that are in place right now? Are they sufficient?
    • What will be the regulatory structures in the future and how will they impact the FinTech revolution?
      12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch
      Session 4: Robots, AI and the Labor Market after FinTech
      • What are the larger social implications of FinTech and, more broadly, the AI machine learning revolution?
      • CEO perspective: How will the AI revolution affect the job market? How do you respond to widespread fear that many thousands of jobs will become obsolete?
        5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Program Conclusion and Evaluations

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