Speaking History

Speaker at Money20/20 2016

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Carey O'Connor Kolaja

Global Chief Product Officer, Citi FinTech
Speaking History

Speaker at Money20/20 2016

Session Information

Carey has more than 20 years of diverse experience in financial services, product management, technology, and consulting. Carey Kolaja is currently Global Product Officer at Citi FinTech, an organization charged with designing and delivering the ‘Bank of Tomorrow’. Prior to Citi FinTech, Carey spent 13 years at PayPal, most recently as Vice President of Global Consumer Products at PayPal, responsible for establishing PayPal’s global product vision in service to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world. At PayPal, Carey led an international team charged with designing, deploying, and operating global products and commercial strategies for all of PayPal’s consumer products to effectively serve the local needs and interests of customers in each of the 203 markets that PayPal serves. These products included digital wallet, Person to Person Payments, Financial Services, Buying Experiences, Loyalty, Identity Management, and Social Impact.

In addition to her most recent global leadership roles at Citi FinTech and PayPal, she has over a decade of experience with UBS Warburg, Waterstone Consulting, and Windomar Financial. She also advises and consults on business strategy, product design and development, and transformational organizational change.

Carey is regularly featured on FOX Business and CNBC. She is often quoted in leading publications including Fast Company, Fortune, Mashable, The New York Times, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

In addition to her TED Talk, Carey has given keynote speeches at conferences around the globe, including Card Forum, MITA Institute, New Economy Summit Japan, Quartz Next Billion, and SXSW.

Carey currently serves on a number of boards, including:

1. Arriv.io, a start-up based in Mexico that aims to disrupt the global transportation sector. Finiti, an organization to support the exchange of ideas and resources to support sustainable and scalable change for the future, via technology. WavesForWater, an international non-profit with the mission of getting clean water to every single person who needs it.

2. Carey previously served on the boards for OLO.com (on line ordering) and Nearbuy Systems (an in-store analytics platform, purchased by RetailNext).

3. Named one of twenty “Most Influential Women in Payments” in 2015 by PaymentSource.

Received PYMNTS’ “Woman in Payments to Watch” Innovator award, honoring those who have shaped the payments industry.

Fortune 500 Next Generation of Female Talent. 2014 and 2015.

University of Indiana Business School, B.S. Stanford University, Executive Program, Graduate