Meet this weeks Unstoppable Woman of FinTech, Brittney Conte, TurnKey Lender’s own Head of Sales for the America’s. Read more below on Brittney’s journey in becoming a leading lady in the FinTech realm and more on her inspiring advice that has helped her in getting where she is today.
Q: How did you end up as a leader in the FinTech Industry? Briefly, what has your career journey looked like?
A: I’m not sure I have earned the right to call myself a leader in FinTech just yet. I am doing nothing more than supporting a team and organization with a clear path to win.
If someone wants to ascribe me as a “Leader in FinTech” once we reach our goal, I won’t argue with them. My career journey has taken me from Massachusetts working in healthcare management, to coming to Texas and earning my MBA to finding success in selling cutting edge technology. I was fortunate enough to work with our CEO previously and look forward to where the journey goes from here, this is only the beginning.
Q: Who inspires you most?
A: My mother who recently passed has been an inspiration. She was the embodiment of fortitude, strength and grace. I can only hope to live up to the person she was.
Q: What are some of your favorite ways to spend your time outside of work? Any tips for relaxation and destressing?
A: I love to garden and paddleboard although I find gardening the best way to cleanse my thoughts and recharge.
Q: What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?
A: This one is easy, there’s a cute little boy who is my whole world that thinks I hung the moon that I brought into this world and if I never accomplished another thing, my life is a success because of my son.
Q: What advice would you give to young women looking to start a career in the industry?
A: Be fearless and invent the possibility you want for yourself and your career. Nothing will be handed to you. Knowing your own value first is crucial to other’s recognizing and responding to it.
Q: What skills do you find most helpful in your career?
A: Intellectual curiosity is the most important skill to have in any technology industry, especially FinTech. In order to innovate, you have to understand the constraints involved and uncovering needs. Questions, the most powerful tool in language are what helps you find new and better ways to solve problems.
Q: What does digital transformation mean to you and/ or your organization?
A: For me, digital transformation means being on point that change is necessary, rooting out new profound efficiencies are a never-ending adventure. And it’s a lot of fun to be a part of.
Q: What advances or trends in technology are you most excited about?
A: Having watched the advances in artificial intelligence and RPA for a few years now, I know the future is limitless. Human potential is untapped because automation is transforming what work means.
Q: What do you see as the biggest, most pressing issue for women in our industry?
A: We haven’t achieved the level of success we’re capable of yet simply because societal norms require us to acquiesce to the needs of others, at the detriment of our own.
This isn’t a date at a dinner party, nobody is going pull out a chair for us to take our seat at the table. Woman have to know we belong deep in our soul and take what is ours because we earned it. Defining our own reality isn’t easy, but easy isn’t what we signed up. If men can have their cake and eat it to, so should we!
Q: Is there one piece of technology you can’t live without?
A: My Apple Watch keeps me on target as well as on time. It’s amazing how much I’ve come to rely on something seemingly so small yet so powerful that can track my steps, keep my schedule and alert me when the important and urgent collide. I don’t know what I’d do without it.