This one humble word reflects the mindset I encounter in nearly every high-performing executive today. And it might just be the theme at next week's Experience FinXTech Conference at the JW Marriott Chicago.
Simple as it first appears, breaking away from the known and attempting to explore what's possible requires leadership, conviction and a commitment to try something new.
While other fintech-oriented conferences highlight “funding paths” or “successful exits,” we built this event for bank leaders seeking growth and efficiencies through the application of financial technologies. Over two days, we’ll look closely at the implications of technology on the banking business, and explore how and where traditional brick-and-mortar institutions can generate top-line growth and bottom-line profits through new business relationships.
A word of encouragement to those joining us from community banks: Don’t let your asset size limit your aspirations.
Yes, technology companies continue to impact consumer expectations and challenge existing business models. And yes, this is changing the basis of competition in the industry. But it’s your mindset, not the size of your bank’s balance sheet, that will dictate its future. That’s why Experience FinXTech brings banking peers together from across the country to share how they pursue collaboration and creativity.
There’s something for all of us to learn.
For those attending from the technology sector, I urge you to tell us stories that demonstrate your resiliency, curiosity and resourcefulness. I continually hear that banks prize anecdotes that reflect a tenacity of purpose — a trait that many technology companies joining us can rightfully claim.
Ahead of Experience FinXTech, I’m inspired and intrigued by three companies making waves in the financial space:
- Aspiration, which offers socially responsible banking and investment products and services, and has attracted 1.5 million customers as of June 2019.
- Chime, which advertises itself as one of the fastest-growing bank accounts in America.
- N26, a German direct bank that promises to provide real-time payments information and early access to paychecks to woo new U.S. consumers.
Executives should think about what these companies hope to accomplish, how they are building their presence and how it could impact community banks across the country.
At the conference, we'll talk about companies like these, as well as the technology firms that have gained traction with banks. We look at the choices and challenges facing small and mid-size banks as they apply to payments, lending, data and analytics, security and digital banking. We’ll explore changing the basis of competition when it comes to earnings, efficiency and engagement.
Given that many community banks specialize in particular verticals or business lines to remain competitive, we’ll also talk about how they can cultivate a culture that prizes creativity and authenticity. We’ll look at tools and strategies to help them grow. Throughout the program, we’ll encourage conversations about inspiration and transformation.
The underlying theme is to encourage attendees to try something new in order to build something great.
For those joining us at the JW Marriott Chicago, you’re in for a treat. Can’t make it? Don’t despair: We intend to share updates from the conference via BankDirector.com and over social media platforms, including Twitter and LinkedIn, where we’ll be using the hashtag #FinXTech19.