Emily Wilcox: Practifi’s Australian COO disrupting the American fintech space
Rising through the ranks of the crowded and male-dominated world of finance and technology, financial services firm Practifi’s COO Emily Wilcox recently spoke with Eric Dye on EPN–the Enterprise Podcast Network—about her emerging role within the field, how fintech is developing and what the future holds for CRMs and women in the financial services sector.
Speaking from her new-found home in Chicago, Emily started off by detailing her experience with Practifi, and what it was that led her to a career in the fintech space. Having been with Practifi for just over five years, Emily recalled how she was one of the very first employees in the team.
Her journey with Practifi begins only a few short years ago. And her story is, like many young graduates’ stories, one which grows from the all-too-common tale of the new graduate, daring to take their first steps in the larger world, but without the confidence that their newly-acquired graduate degree should be instilling in them.
“I was at university doing a law degree, and as many law graduates would know, at the point that you graduate you have a crisis and realise that maybe being a lawyer is not the game for you,” she reflected.
“I was extremely fortunate to know both Glenn and Adrian, our co-founders, at the time, and they gave me the opportunity to come in and join the team at Practifi, a fledgling team at that point, as one of the foundational members of the team.
“It was an amazing opportunity, and a total “green field”, and we essentially built it up from nothing. All of the operational functions and literally everything from the ground-up. From there I’ve kind of grown with the business. I did have a little bit of time away to spread my wings and get a little bit of industry experience, but I’ve come back recently to aid in the expansion to the US, and this has been extremely exciting.”
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