Trading Central's global head of UX, Kathryn St. John, was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the inaugural Women's Wealth Forum hosted by Benzinga in Boston on March 21, 2018.
The Women’s Wealth Forum is a space where female founders and executives are honoured and can offer mentorship to the next generation of fintech innovators. Key firms in attendance included TastyTrade, Fidelity, Schwab, Trading Central, Wealthfront, Stash Invest, Tradeit, Acorns, and more!
In her panel discussion, Kathryn drew upon her experiences from startup days programming at Recognia through customer growth, to Trading Central acquisition and expansion into global business. Tune in through the video and article links below as Kathryn St. John shares the keys to accelerating growth: the owner’s mindset, customer obsession and sense of insurgency that is hard earned through a successful startup experience and that continues to drive Trading Central's trusted service to customers today.
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“The owner mindset that comes from working at a small company has been instrumental to my professional success,” Kathryn St. John, senior director of user experience at Recognia, said on a panel.
Kathryn St. John, senior director of user experience at Recognia, said the struggles unique to mothers (as with fathers, or people taking care or elders, or those that otherwise have outside responsibilities) challenged her to become sharper and more deliberate with her time and productivity.
“Certainly sometimes when you’re designing a product, you have this grand vision, and at the end of the day, if you’re too focused on perfection — and I won’t dismiss high standards, that’s fair, consumers expect amazingness — you have to go to market,” Kathryn St. John, senior director of user experience at Recognia, said.
Kathryn St. John, senior director of user experience at Recognia, attributes success to continued growth and relentless pursuit of improvement. “Be careful that it’s not about what you learned in the past or what you’ve given in the past,” St. John said. “It’s what you’re giving today, what you’re learning today.”