Welcome to the NextGen Banker Podcast
Technology has created unprecedented opportunities in the banking industry over the last decade. And at the same time, consumers have renewed their expectations around how financial institutions – and, for that matter, corporations in general – should respond to pressing social issues.
The next generation of bankers needs to be technologically savvy and look for opportunities to create environmental, social and financial sustainability. Listen as host David Reiling talks with the changemakers responsible for creating a financial sector that’s more diverse, values-driven and better-equipped to support all consumers.
Episode #21: Ron Feldman
Featuring: Ron Feldman
For Ron Feldman, it’s a simple equation: The more diverse your workforce, the better off your organization will be. Feldman, the first vice president and chief operating officer at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, talks with David about the Fed’s efforts to hire and retain a more diverse workforce. He also speaks to the positive impact a diversity of voices can have on bank regulatory functions. Featuring music from Ben Kyle.Listen
Episode #20: Josh Levine
Featuring: Josh Levine
Company culture is top of mind right now. As organizations struggle with the “great resignation,” hiring managers are searching for new ways to attract and retain talent. Josh Levine, the owner of Great Mondays and an expert on company culture, talks with David about the importance of providing workers with more than just monetary incentives and embedding mission and values into everyday work. He also speaks to the need for relationship-building during remote and hybrid work. Rituals need to be established to connect workers from different departments in order to remain successful, Josh says. Featuring music from Jesse Sprinkle.Listen
Episode #19: Melissa Bradley
Featuring: Melissa Bradley
Melissa Bradley is busy: She’s the cofounder of Ureeka, a managing partner at 1863 Ventures and a cofounder and managing partner at Sidecar Social Finance. She’s also a professor at Georgetown University. Melissa speaks with David about empowering New Majority – BIPOC – entrepreneurs and reflects on changing demographics in business. “From a demographic perspective, when we use the word ‘minority,’ to speak about people of color, it’s just not quantitively accurate,” says Melissa. Melissa also discusses the banker of the future and the impact technology will continue to have on the financial sector. Featuring music from The Choir.Listen
Episode #18: Sonia Reinhardt
Featuring: Sonia Reinhardt
Sonia Reinhardt is a senior human resources advisor with GLS Bank and the alumni manager and human development senior advisor for the Global Alliance for Banking on Values Leadership Academy. Sonia talks with Bryan and Becca about how she got into banking, her experience with microfinance and what the Leadership Academy offers to values-based banking executives. She also discusses what she feels is the main difference between traditional banks and their values-based counterparts. Featuring music from Mason Zgoda.Listen
Episode #17: Mike Bechtel
Featuring: Mike Bechtel
Mike Bechtel makes his living as a futurist – but in order to make predictions about tomorrow, he grounds himself in the past. “Futurists are just secretly historians,” he says. Bechtel is Deloitte’s chief futurist and talks with David about how companies can prepare for the future while also tempering their expectations based on experience. He gives insights into what he feels will drive the technology of tomorrow – “going beyond the screen,” says Bechtel – and how corporate leaders can devise a plan to keep up. Bechtel also says the banker of the future will “lead with need.” Featuring music from Phil Madeira.Listen
Episode #16: Jan Köpper
Featuring: Jan Köpper
Jan Köpper is the head of the impact transparency and sustainability department at GLS Bank in Germany. Jan talks with Becca and Bryan about his role at GLS as well as how the bank measures its impact and why it’s important for financial institutions to track metrics other than revenue and the bottom line. In addition, Jan talks about how he wound up in values-based banking and what he’s excited about in 2022 and beyond. Featuring music from Mason Zgoda.Listen
More from David Reiling
Sunrise Banks CEO David Reiling Named Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values
What does it mean to succeed in the business world?
The traditional definition of success usually entails a corporate structure based on earnings and earnings alone, without much thought put into what’s been given back. This model tends to think of a company’s mission and profit margin as being mutually exclusive.
At Sunrise, we believe the opposite: By being mission-focused and helping others, companies can do even better financially — mission times margin.
This belief is what prompted Sunrise CEO David Reiling to write his new book, Fintech4Good. The book chronicles five financial technology entrepreneurs who saw issues of economic inequality first-hand and created products to fix them.
Touching on the student loan crisis, credit-building roadblocks for refugees and the lack of small-loan options for the average American, Fintech4Good explores financial technology (fintech) and its myriad possibilities to affect positive change.
Fintech4Good is available on Amazon.
David Reiling is an innovative social entrepreneur focused on empowering individuals through community banking and financial technology. David is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Banks and has been in the community development banking industry for more than 25 years.
David believes that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. Under David’s leadership, Sunrise has financially outperformed banks of the same size while also providing products and services that help low-income individuals in the Twin Cities Metro achieve financial wellness.
David has spoken at conferences around the world and is the author of Fintech4Good.
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