Stonehill College Joins Mass Fintech Hub
Community members will benefit from collaborations with leaders of emerging financial technology industry.
Stonehill College’s Leo J. Meehan School of Business has joined Mass Fintech Hub, a network of fintech leaders, financial experts, academics, public sector leaders and venture capitalists who empower fintech startups to pursue innovative leadership opportunities, spur economic growth and achieve success in their respective industries.
“I am grateful to Mass Fintech Hub for welcoming our students, faculty and staff into their ranks. Dedicated to creating a diverse network of innovators, the Hub’s mission aligns with the work we do at Stonehill to foster critical thinking, learning-by-doing and preparing our students for the world of work,” said Sam Beldona, dean of the Meehan School.
Through meaningful collaborations, Mass Fintech Hub will provide students, faculty and staff access to impactful industry partners, including Fidelity Investments, MassMutual and Putnam Investments, among others. As community members benefit from the expertise of professionals from these organizations, it is intended that they will become enabled to build their ideas into successful businesses.
Stonehill College joins several other local colleges and universities currently contributing to Mass Fintech Hub’s mission, such as Babson College, Brandeis University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Western New England University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
“Our partnership with Mass Fintech Hub will give our students an opportunity to explore the field in greater depth through hands-on experience and interaction with experts in the industry. The Hub will enable students to launch their careers in this exciting sector by providing access to career fairs, mentoring programs and training,” said Elif Sisli Ciamarra, a professor of finance who has helped lead efforts to introduce fintech programs on campus.
Over the past several years, the College has been at the forefront of connecting students with opportunities in fintech. Stonehill is one of only a handful of schools in the United States that offer financial technology programming to students. This coursework helps prepare them to lead in this emerging industry with global implications.
To help kick off the College’s induction into the organization, Elizabeth Thomas, program director of Mass Fintech Hub, visited campus as part of the Fintech Speaker Series offered by the Meehan School of Business. Other upcoming lecturers include:
- Dahiana Duerte Pena, Vice President of Fintech & Digital Product Strategy, Eastern Bank
- Anthony Gracia, Vice President of Acquirer Relations, MasterCard International
- Michael Thomas, Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Ketchbrook Analytics
- Stephanie McLaughlin, Director of Product Management, Fidelity Investments
- Anatol Lebedinsky, Fintech Vendor Manager, Fidelity Investments