Theodora (Theo) Lau leads the financial services vertical in AARP’s Market Innovation group, which seeks to spark innovation in the public and private sectors for the benefits of 50-plus cohort. She focuses on developing and growing an ecosystem of financial institutions, corporations, startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and accelerators to better address the unmet needs of older adults. As part of her work, she regularly advises startups in both financial services and healthcare/caregiving space, as well as selects startups to participate in accelerator programs. She also manages the Financial Services portion of the AARP LivePitch Program. For 2017, of the 10 finalists that were selected, they have collectively raised over $10.5 million within 6 months of the conclusion of the program. Theo was named one of 44 "2017 Innovators to Watch" by Bank Innovation, ranked No. 2 Top Female FinTech Influencers by Onalytica, and named LinkedIn Top Voices for Economy and Finance. Theo has over 20 years of experience in championing and executing multi-million dollar programs and solutions to Fortune 100 clients worldwide. As an experienced strategist with a proven track record, Theo program managed and delivered end-to-end quality services to next generation wireless technology and telehealth providers, implementing customer-impacting initiatives across functional teams and geographic locations. Theo is guest contributor for Irish Tech News, Financial Brand, Let's Talk Payments (LTP), Financial Revolutionist, and American Banker. She has been featured on various podcasts by American Banker, Bank Innovation, and INV Filter. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a Master of Science in Project Management from George Washington University.
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