Our Programming

We are committed to hosting events where students can meet and collaborate with each other and leading innovators in the field. Our events address major FinTech topics such as:

  • Payments
  • Blockchain/Cryptocurrency
  • Lending
  • Financial Advisory
  • Insurance
  • Financial Inclusion

We also actively collaborate with other clubs and initiatives at Kellogg, including the Technology Club, Net Impact Club, Big Data and Analytics Club, IDEA (Innovation and Design Association) Club, KIEI (Kellogg Initiative on Entrepreneurship and Innovation), the Garage at Northwestern, and many more.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

This year, our club hosted >15 events over a variety of topics that were well attending by the FinTech@Kellogg community. We covered topics such as:

Blockchain Series: A Primer

Have you heard of the term “blockchain,” but don’t understand what the heck it is or why it’s getting so much attention? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Join us for a primer on blockchain that will tackle understanding distributed ledger technology at a very basic level. We will also discuss the practical applications of blockchain, why it has the potential to disrupt various industries, and some common misconceptions. No previous knowledge of blockchain or FinTech required to attend!

Blockchain Series: Ethereum, Smart Contracts, and the Decentralized Internet

Join FinTech@Kellogg as we continue our discussion of blockchain innovation with a presentation on Ethereum, the second largest blockchain by market cap. We will discuss what makes Ethereum's platform unique, including how Ethereum developers are deploying smart contracts and DApps (decentralized applications) in an effort to build a decentralized internet. We will also discuss how specific projects built on Ethereum could disrupt many traditional business models. Basic knowledge of bitcoin and blockchain is helpful, but not required.

A Deep Dive on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies with Coinbase

A representative of Coinbase's business development team via video conference will deep dive on the cryptocurrency and blockchain landscape, answering our questions on why this topic is so relevant and disruptive.

Founded in June of 2012, Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. Coinbase is the leading player in the industry with over 11M users and $117M in funding.

The Role of Design Innovation in the Future of Financial Services

FinTech@Kellogg proudly presents speaker Larry Keeley, for a discussion on the role of design in the financial services industry.

Larry is the co-founder and president of Doblin, Deloitte Consulting's innovation practice. He is a strategist who has worked over three decades to develop more effective innovation methods. A globally recognized teacher, speaker, writer, and thinker, he fervently champions the strategic combination of design and business. His book, Ten Types of Innovation, The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, codifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation.

The Future of the ‘Robo Advisor’ Marketplace with FutureAdvisor

Kameron M. Rezai, COO of FutureAdvisor, a leading technology subsidiary of BlackRock, will share his thoughts on the future of the ‘robo advisor’ marketplace. He will discuss his own journey from consulting to FinTech and how you can leverage your MBA to shape the emerging digital advice space.

Kameron Rezai joined BlackRock from McKinsey, where he was a manager in the financial services practice. He earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University.

Vanguard: Disrupting Financial Advisory World

Vanguard is a major disrupter in the financial advisory and investment management world through its passive strategy and robo-advisor platform. Its online services offer automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice for lower fees and bridge the gap between do-it-yourself financial planning and full-service financial advisors. Just two years old, its Personal Advisor Services has more than $65 billion of AUM, four times as much as its nearest rival.

How do they do it? And, how can 'you' be a part of the disruptor?

Leveraging an MBA in FinTech with CommonBond

FinTech@Kellogg welcomes Tara Fung, Director of Business Development at CommonBond, for a discussion on how students can optimize their time at Kellogg and leverage the MBA to transition into FinTech. Tara joined CommonBond after attending Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, she led strategy teams at Daimler and American Express.

Founded in 2012 by Wharton MBA students, CommonBond is a customer-centric marketplace lender and refinancer innovating and changing the way people think about the student loan market.

FinTech Intern Panel

Until the recent decade, the financial industry has been regarded as being the industry slowest to grasp innovation, but the wheels are turning. Many of the innovative services in financial technology that have come along in the past 10 years are not coming from banks.

From payments to wealth management, from peer-to-peer lending to crowdfunding, a new generation of startups is taking aim at the heart of the industry—and a pot of revenues that Goldman Sachs estimates is worth $4.7 trillion.

Thousands of startups are challenging many aspects of banking. Come learn from 2nd years, who interned at Fintech companies, on how these upstarts are disrupting traditional banking models. Topics include a day in life in Fintech firms and recruiting tips.