Women in FinTech Friday Feature – Corinne Bartow

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Meet Corinne Bartow, FinTech Partnerships at MX. We are excited to welcome Corinne to the LinkedIn Live stage Tuesday, April 13th at 12pm CST to share her passion and expertise as a leader in the FinTech space. Read more below on Corinne’s day to day and how she became a leading lady in the digital transformation, innovation, and technology realms.

 

Q: How did you end up as a tech industry leader?

A: I started my career as an engineer, so when I moved into a sales role it was by default that I started in the technology space. Over time I developed an interest and expertise in creating and scaling partnerships which is what I focus on most in my current role.

 

Q: What is an accomplishment that you are particularly proud of?

A: I know some people don’t think of sales as an honorable profession, but it absolutely can be. I’m proud to have helped both customers and partners build successful businesses and better serve their customers’ needs.  Certainly I could share many examples to illustrate this, but really, it’s the sum total of that impact that makes me particularly proud. 

 

Q: What advice would you give to young women today who are looking to start a career in the industry?

A: There are a few things that I think are universally important. Asking lots of questions and learning to be incredibly curious will go a long way. Most people are eager to help when asked to share their knowledge, so don’t hesitate to ask for help or clarifications. Think of your career as constantly evolving. Just because you start on one path doesn’t mean you have to stick to that path. Expertise matters, but so does breadth. Become a clear communicator: Boil down complexity to digestible chunks, lay out ideas, decisions and plans in writing, edit for clarity and flow. Doing these things in your written communication will help you in verbal communication. Take copious notes and make meeting note-taking a collaborative effort.

 

Q: What new advances in technology are you most excited about?

A: I am fully immersed in what we do here at MX, leveraging technology to help improve people’s financial lives.  I’m working with several partners that are well aligned to that mission and we are seeing some very creative, very exciting initiatives. It’s part of how technology is enabling highly personalized experiences in all of our lives. In some ways that may keep the unadventurous from expanding their boundaries, but I expect most will enjoy the benefits of tuned recommendations and automated mundane tasks.

 

Q: As a female leader, how do you start your day? What are your tips for productivity in the midst of a busy schedule?

A: Being here in New York where I’m two hours ahead of our Utah HQ folks, my mornings have become refreshingly flexible. That makes for good focus time, but it also helps me to find time for me, whether that is for exercise or investing time in personal interests. In the morning I review my calendar for the next couple days, reserve any time I need to get “heads down” work done, respond to any urgent items in my inbox and then let my calendar drive most of my day. I am guilty of working just a bit on many evenings and weekends, using that time to get to those things that are most important to me but might not be tactically important during the work week.

 

Q: What are some of your favorite ways to spend your time when you aren’t working? Any tips for relaxation and destressing?

A: I love to cook, travel, am an avid reader and enjoy live entertainment. Much of that was quashed this past year during the pandemic, but I am just back from my first trip and it was absolutely rejuvenating. I really think the best way to destress is getting outside. Find a quiet space and just observe the natural world. You can do that even here in NYC, so pandemic or not, get outside and admire mother nature. If you are too stressed to relax your brain, podcasts can be really helpful (as opposed to TV).

 

Q: Is there one piece of technology you cannot live without?

A: I love my e-reader and have become totally reliant on Google Maps. Otherwise, I can certainly live without technology, but would not choose to do so other than a few rejuvenating tech-free holidays each year.

 

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