Chicago 2018

Lessons from My Crypto Career Risk

Lessons from My Crypto Career Risk

  Tim McCourt, CME Group [In July 2000, my boss] said, ‘Tim, tomorrow, you’re going to start on the equity derivatives desk at JP Morgan.’ I was like, ‘Fantastic. I’m super excited.’ I go home, no one really has a laptop, I got my first cell phone two weeks...

Transitioning Between Startups and Large Companies

Transitioning Between Startups and Large Companies

  Adam Honoré, CME Group “One of the things you need to understand about yourself is how you manage your personal finances. A lot of people don’t talk about that. But if you want the flexibility to go to a startup, you can’t do that with two car payments, and a...

How to Take The Wheel and Drive Your Own Career Path

How to Take The Wheel and Drive Your Own Career Path

  Jessica Darmoni, The Title Connection “One of the best pieces of advice I could share is get involved with an industry activity.” Networking is essential for any career, but after a handshake and an exchange of business cards, what do you do? Do you follow up...

Listen Both Ways Before Crossing!

Listen Both Ways Before Crossing!

  Bill Weldon, Weldon Resources “I had this happen to me. I came in in the morning. A wonderful colleague, a great person, says, ‘Billy, how are you doing?’ ‘I’m doing great.’ ‘Really? Tell your face.'” What is the authentic you? How do you act under pressure? Is...

Why Fundamentals are Important

Why Fundamentals are Important

  Dan Basse, AgResource “If you want to be a really good trader… understand the cash markets to the best of your ability. Crawl inside of them so you know what’s going on.” After years of market focus shifting away from fundamental analysis, Dan Basse, president...

How to Spot Financial Fraud

How to Spot Financial Fraud

  John Hague “As an auditor, if I start to look at recurring transactions and I ask the question, ‘What’s the economic purpose for this transaction?’ and I don’t get the right answer, I keep asking that question.” Before Barings Bank went belly-up, John Hague,...

Discussing “InfoSec”

Discussing “InfoSec”

  Mike Phillips, VSEC “How many small or medium business can survive a $3.5 million hit? When small and medium business get hit, they typically go out of business. When the big ones get hit, know what they do? They change their names.” If it is connected then it...

Cognitive Flexibility in Finance

Cognitive Flexibility in Finance

Kevin Darby, Blue Trading Systems Don’t over-engineer it. There’s a huge tendency, especially for technical people, to make up complexity. The problems Kevin Darby, managing partner at Blue Trading Systems, encounters as a fintech vendor are very different from those...