Lab CFTC News Sep 24, 2020

Empower Innovation 2020, a three-part series of interactive virtual events designed to facilitate a dialogue among innovators, regulators, market participants, and the public around cutting-edge fintech innovation.

CFTC will host each of these events virtually, using the Whova event management platform. Attendees are encouraged to register to engage as part of this virtual experience with speakers and panelists, including live polling, surveys, and Q&A during sessions. CFTC will also provide a view-only, webcast on the day of the event for attendees who would like to listen in on session discussions of the day.


The Power of Innovation: Where Tech & Crisis Collide
Thursday, September 24, 2020

This session will feature a fireside chat with CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert, as well as a special presentation from Deloitte Consulting and our panel of Global financial services executives to include Katten Muchin and Rosenman, LLP and Citi, as they address how they leveraged innovation to tackle some of the largest financial hurdles we’ve seen in years!

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The Power of Innovation: Where Tech & Crisis Collide

Thursday, September 24, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Melissa Netram, Chief Innovation Officer and Director, LabCFTC

10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat featuring CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert
with JoAnn Barefoot, CEO and Co-Founder, Alliance for Innovative Regulation

11:15 a.m.

Tech Talk: “A Pandemic Response”
Avi Sinha from Deloitte Consulting discusses technology and innovation in light of the pandemic.

  • Moderator: LaSharn Dozier, Strategic Communications Specialist, LabCFTC.

11:45 a.m.

Panel: The Role of Technology and Innovation in a time of Crisis
Industry leaders will discuss how technology and innovation help during a crisis and in rebuilding after a crisis. Confirmed speakers currently include:

  • Caroline Pham, Deputy Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Citi
  • Gary DeWaal, Special Counsel and Chair, Financial Markets and Regulatory Practice, Katten Muchin and Rosenman, LLP
  • Dan Doney, CEO and Co-Founder, Securrency
  • Moderator: Chris Goodman, Economist and Policy Advisor, LabCFTC


Regulation & Innovation Re-Imagined
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Coinciding with DC Fintech Week, this session will feature a roundtable of C-Suite executives from regulatory Innovation Offices addressing how regulators and innovators can work from a collaborative standpoint, while sharing what tactical strategies innovators can use to remain compliant and competitive. Additionally, this session will feature a variety of fintech demonstrations from the industry’s emerging leaders.

Registration and agenda forthcoming.


The Future of Finance
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

This session will feature insightful Tech Talks from global leaders in Data and Innovation. These industry leaders will examine how novel solutions and forward-thinking strategies used within the industry and the CFTC will shape our world. LabCFTC will also announce the winner of Project Streetlamp, a competition launched in April under the Science Prize Competition Act.

Registration and agenda forthcoming.