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 changemakers responsible for creating a financial sector that’s entrepreneurial, values-driven and more diverse.
Episode #15: Melanie Holdsworth
Featuring: Melanie Holdsworth
Melanie Holdsworth is the Organizational Process Excellence Manager for Teachers Mutual Bank Limited, one of the largest customer-owned banks in Australia. Melanie helped to create Hiver, a digital bank geared towards essential workers. Melanie talks about how Hiver got its start as well as values-based banking and Teachers Mutual Bank Limited’s work in the sustainability space. Featuring music from Stephen Munoz.Listen
Episode #14: Marilyn Waite
Featuring: Marilyn Waite
Marilyn Waite knows a lot about sustainability and climate – she also knows the global community has much work ahead if it wants to make real positive change in the long-term. Waite leads the Climate Finance Fund, a $75 million philanthropic platform covering the markets of China, Europe and the United States. She’s also worked in renewable and nuclear energy, climate modeling and investment. Waite talks with David about what she learned at COP 26, the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials and the role fintech can play in environmental sustainability. Waite, a published author and frequent contributor to major publications, also touches on her hopes for tomorrow’s banker and how climate-friendly practices can – and need to be – implemented into not only our personal lives, but our careers. Featuring music from Alice Peacock.Listen
Episode #13: Kate Hammer
Featuring: Kate Hammer
Kate Hammer’s career path is anything but conventional. Hammer, currently Vancity's director of government relations, wound up in banking after beginning her career in journalism, working at the New York Times and the Globe and Mail. She’s also been involved in politics, serving as an advisor to Canada’s first female, openly gay premier. Hammer’s varied career path has given her an array of skills that help in her current position, where she advocates for financial policy that helps consumers gain access to banking products and services. She’s also worked to shape Vancity’s climate commitments. Hammer talks about the urgency banks and other corporations face to save our planet as well as how to make sure all individuals are included in digital transformation. Featuring music from Jesse Sprinkle.Listen
Episode #12: Charlene Li
Featuring: Charlene Li
Charlene Li is a New York Times Bestselling author focused on disruption: What it is, how companies can become more disruptive and what that means for organizations and their culture. Charlene’s book, The Disruption Mindset,” homes in on the topic and debunks some preconceived notions about what true disruption looks like. Every company wants to be disruptive – but how can they turn their aspirations into action? Charlene talks with David about what makes a disruptive strategy, the importance of company culture when it comes to disruption and how bankers can incorporate innovation into their long-term strategies. Featuring music from Doublepluspop.Listen
Episode #11: Jasmin Panjeta
Featuring: Jasmin Panjeta
Jasmin Panjeta started his career in cybersecurity but quickly learned it wasn’t for him. What he did know, however, was that he wanted to work for an organization that valued more than the bottom line. Enter Jasmin’s journey in values-based banking. Today Jasmin is a communications and public relations professional working for Oikocredit, a worldwide cooperative that focuses on microfinance and impact investing. Jasmin talks with guest hosts Becca Hoeft and Bryan Toft about his move from Bosnia to the Netherlands, finding purpose in his work and the effect your banking habits can have on the greater good. Featuring music from Chris Taylor.Listen
Episode #10: The Banking Habits of Gen Z
Featuring: Becca Hoeft, Bryan Toft
We know that the next generation wants fast, easy access to their bank accounts - and that they rarely, if ever, set foot inside a physical bank branch. But aside from convenience, what other concerns does Gen Z have when it comes to their personal finances? We went to local universities to talk with students about their perspectives on digital banking, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity and how they envision the bank of their future. Sunrise Banks Chief Brand Officer Becca Hoeft and Chief Revenue Officer Bryan Toft sit in for David in this episode. Featuring music from Holly Nelson.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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