Events

Join us for the Cypher Accelerator’s Workshop Viewing Party with Amias Gerety on March 21 at 11:00 a.m. in JMHH G90

Conferences

The Stevens Center FinTech Conferences bring together emerging and established fintech companies, industry leaders, academics, and policymakers, to promote innovation in the financial sector. Stevens Center FinTech Conferences provide in-depth examination of critical areas of financial services such as payments, lending, wealth management, real estate, cryptocurrencies, and (re)insurance. Stay tuned for more information about the Stevens Center’s Inaugural FinTech Conference.

Special Events

The Stevens Center brings to Penn campus the brightest and most innovative minds in financial technology. Lectures, roundtable discussions, and interactive sessions with financial institutions leaders, venture investors, and regulators strengthen our position as global thought leaders in the fintech ecosystem. Dialogue at these special events will help advance our research, curriculum, and thought leadership in fintech.

FinTech Lecture Series

The Stevens Center hosts guest lectures by speakers on the forefront of financial technology. Recent guests include Professor Jeremy Siegel, Bloomberg’s Matt Levine, Scott Bennett of Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP, John Coates, and Chris Brummer. Learn about upcoming FinTech Lecture Series installments here.

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Past Events

On October 17-18, Finance at Wharton hosted the inaugural Future of Finance Forum.

During the Future of Finance Forum, the Wharton School gathered leading thinkers in academia, practice, and government for the inaugural Future of Finance Forum on October 17-18, 2023. Roundtable sessions and fireside chats explored the most pressing current issues in finance under the theme, “Paradigm Shift: Powering with Innovation & Financial Technology.” View a recap of the Future of Finance Forum here.

Sarah Hammer moderates a discussion with H. Rodgin “Rodge” Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
On November 9, Scott Bennett (Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP) Presented “Are Digital Assets ‘Securities’ and Why does it Matter?”

Scott Bennett primarily focuses his practice on representing issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public and private offerings of securities, other financing transactions and general corporate matters. Mr. Bennett advises clients across a broad range of industries encompassing traditional areas and emerging technologies. He has notable experience counseling early‑stage and venture capital‑backed companies in the technology, fintech and crypto, shipping and renewables space.

Scott Bennett smiles toward the viewer

On October 19, the Stevens Center hosted an installment of the FinTech Lecture Series with Bloomberg’s Matt Levine in conversation with Professor Jeremy Siegel.

Matt Levine is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist who writes the daily Money Stuff newsletter. A former investment banker at Goldman Sachs, he was also previously a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Wachtell Lipton, a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit an editor of Dealbreaker and a high school Latin teacher. Jeremy Siegel is the Russell E. Palmer Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School. He also serves as academic director of Wharton’s Securities Industry Institute and senior investment strategy advisor for WisdomTree Investments.

View photos from this lecture here.

Matt Levine crosses his arms and smiles

From June 15-29, our Cypher Accelerator Manager, Khushi Shelat, led NYC Treehouse, a coworking space in New York designed to support women founders.

The pilot program ran in June in New York City with fireside chats and panels from executives in the technology space.  The program positively impacted the broader startup community, and it plans to run future cohorts globally.

On December 9, 2021, Sarah Hammer hosted the Honorable Jay Clayton, former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Honorable Chris Giancarlo, former Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, for a fireside chat.

The event featured discussion of Mr. Clayton’s and Mr. Giancarlo’s time together leading national financial sector regulatory policy, as well as their thoughts on crypto policy and ongoing challenges and opportunities for the U.S. economy. Watch the fireside chat here (access passcode to view recording- g=q#?0in).

On November 30, 2021, Sarah Hammer hosted Mark Cuban for a fireside chat to promote Cypher Accelerator.

The event featured a discussion of evaluating start-up companies, venture capital, crypto, the future of education, and Mark’s first job selling garbage bags door to door. The lightning round chat covered Mark’s favorite dance while he was on Dancing with the Stars and his affinity for Iron Man. Watch the fireside chat here.

ON OCTOBER 24-27, 2021, THE STEVENS CENTER AND CYPHER ACCELERATOR WERE AT MONEY 2020.

The Stevens Center and Cypher promoted the opening of Cypher’s application process and met with blockchain company founders as well as leaders in financial technology, crypto, and across financial services. The promotional video for Money 2020 and Cypher can be found here. The video of Cypher’s epic cryptocurrency podcast with Polygon can be found here.  The video of our discussion with Ocrolus on lending and addressing pandemic-related credit challenges can be found here.  The video of our discussion on financial inclusion with Jane Barrett of MX can be found here.

ON OCTOBER 18, 2021, THE STEVENS CENTER WAS PLEASED TO HOST THE HONORABLE J. CHRISTOPHER GIANCARLO AT THE PENN CLUB OF NEW YORK.

The event featured a fireside chat and party to celebrate the launch of his book, Crypto Dad: The Fight for the Future of Money. J. Christopher Giancarlo provides a dramatic, eyewitness view of his efforts during the Obama and Trump Administrations to modernize oversight of America’s antiquated financial markets.

ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2021, THE STEVENS CENTER HOSTED A RECEPTION FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY TO WELCOME THEM BACK TO CAMPUS, INVITE THEM INTO THE NEW TANGEN HALL FACILITY, AND DISCUSS THE WORK OF THE CENTER.

The event featured a fireside chat with Arjun Kalsy of Polygon, which overviewed their work to build and connect Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks. Stevens Center research assistants raffled custom-designed “Ben on the Bench” non-fungible tokens and merch.

ON JUNE 30, 2021, SARAH HAMMER SERVED AS AN EXPERT WITNESS IN THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS HEARING ON CRYPTOCURRENCY.

Ms. Hammer had the opportunity to testify about the importance of clarity and coordination (both domestic and international) in cryptocurrency regulation. She also shared her insights on investor protection and systemic risk. The hearing was broadcast on C-SPAN.

ON SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2020, THE STEVENS CENTER HOSTED A HACKATHON AND VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON THE THEME OF COVID AND THE ECONOMY.

Wharton and Penn students came together to compete in a week-long hackathon aimed at identifying and analyzing data to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and financial markets.  The week featured keynote discussions with leaders from finance, blockchain, academia, and public policy. See winning paper here.

On October 10-11, 2019, the Stevens Center hosted the Wharton Institutional Crypto CEO Forum, an invitation-only executive forum on cryptocurrency.

This private event featured discussions on regulation, exchanges, institutional execution, market-making, and payments.  The event brought together investors, executives, regulators, and thought leaders in the crypto space.  The event agenda can be found here.

On September 12, 2019, the Stevens Center held a fall speaker event with Amias Gerety, Partner at QED Investors.

At this event, Mr. Gerety shared his knowledge as a venture investor focused on office technologies and financial infrastructure companies.  Mr. Gerety also shared his insight as former Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he was lead advisor to the Treasury Secretary on financial institutions.

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, former Dean Geoff Garrett and Ross Stevens, W’91, hosted the inaugural event for the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance.

This roundtable, held in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, and moderated by Professor David Musto, included industry leaders from global fintech companies.  President Amy Gutmann and former Dean Geoff Garrett delivered the introductory remarks. Featured panelists included included Robby Gutmann, CEO of New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG), David Klein, CEO and co-founder of CommonBond, Jacqueline Reses, Head of Square Capital, and Elad Roisman, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.