On the 13-15 May 2019 at the wonderful Omni Interlocken in Colorado, our North American NG Financial Services Technology Summit will bring together a host of senior financial services decision-makers and business leaders to discuss the most pressing challenges – and opportunities – in the fast-moving financial services sector.

The summit looks at a number of key themes, including innovation; banking breakthrough; payments made here, there, everywhere and dominating data; and reaching for the cloud: IT, compliance and fraud protection.

From case studies lifting the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focused on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to attendees’ specific needs, our summits provide executives with everything they needed to implement their key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Mike Harasimowicz
D, Data Insights and Corporate Development, Intelligent Solutions Group
JP Morgan Chase
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Janie Truitt
SVP, Program Delivery Executive, Strategic Card Platform
TD Bank
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Mitesh Shah
SVP Information Management
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Susan Torres
SVP/National Banking Operations Officer
Northern Trust
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Mark Crowson
SVP Consumer Lending Technology
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Tony Ross
SVP Business Systems and Technology
Synchrony Financial
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Susan Dean
SVP Consumer Data Office COCP Information Delivery
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Alison Kennedy
SVP Data and Technology Services Operational Risk Mgmt
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Paul Butler
EVP, Head of Credit Data Management
Citizens Bank
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Manavpreet Thiara
SVP Digital Transformation
TD Bank
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Doug Fries
Managing Director – CIO– Card Partnerships
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Aditya Kishore
CTO & Operations
Apple Bank

6 Challenges with Technology in Financial Services

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Leadership: automation of roles, and how to spend less time serving line-of-business management and more time partnering with it.
  • Personalization: AI, ML, bots and facilitating your company’s no. 1 goal – to be closer to the customer.
  • Transformation: moving from the traditional technology ownership model to a cloud-based, data-based, API-based future.
  • Efficiency + control for existing processes, innovation + support for new business models, linking IT transformation to business goals.
  • Risk management: new channels, new threats, new regulations, new tools.
  • The future of finance, the blockchain, and how we should be organizing now to compete tomorrow.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday May 13, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome address
3:25pm - 3:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Opening panel - The future of banking: digital, data-driven, secure
3:30pm - 4:30pm

A quick skim of results for the search ‘financial services trends 2019’ returns a doom-mongers shopping list: robotic process automation will savage your staff, distributed ledger technology will savage your business model, new regulations (esp. around open banking) will favor the innovators and disruptors, who will savage whatever is left. But reports of our industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated before. The key question is this: how should we be organizing today to compete tomorrow? Our panel will explore three ways our culture, our customer experience, and our operations must change to win.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Next generation leadership: digital, collaborative, empowering
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Next generation customer experience: experimental, data-driven, personal
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Next generation FSP: transformed, agile, secure
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details To Follow.

Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote Speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Gala dinner & keynote
Tuesday May 14, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:35am
Breakfast Keynote Address
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Next Generation Mobile Banking
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: Risk, regulation, compliance: is AI the answer?
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: Leveraging Data Science
Coffee & networking
10:50am - 11:05am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: Real Time Payments
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 5: Stay safe out there: effective strategies for coping with ever evolving cyber attacks
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:05pm
Lunch Keynote
Lunch & networking
1:05pm - 2:00pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Session 6: The Cloud Challenge
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Session 7: Blockchain: the future of financial transactions?
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Session 8: Innovate: how to drive innovation at scale
5:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 9: Planet of the APIs: how to unlock innovation and move faster
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday May 15, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05 am - 8:45 am
Session 10: The FInTech debate
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 11: Improving omnichannel delivery
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 12: Delivering on customer experience: a case study
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
11:05 am - 11:35 am
Session 13: Automation: the leadership challenge
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Session 14: The state of banking 2019: where we’ve been and where we’re going next
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Session 15: How do you support new business models and customer-facing initiatives?
Closing panel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

Omni Interlocken Resort, Denver, Colorado

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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