April 2018

April 2018 Speakers

Jennifer Fitzgerald

Co-founder and CEO


PolicyGenius is an independent digital insurance company for consumers headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer launched the company with her co-founder Francois de Lame in July 2014 after seeing firsthand the difficulties insurance providers faced reaching today’s digital consumer and decided to develop a solution that would reshape the way consumers learned about and obtained insurance.

Jennifer leads PolicyGenius as one of the few trendsetting female CEOs on the startup scene. She is part of a group of 5% of female startup founders to raise a Series B in 2015 and the only female lead within insurance tech to raise over $20 million in the same year.

Rafael Telahun

Co-founder and CEO

Zinc Platform

Prior to co-founding Zinc, Rafael was an Investment Professional in the New York office of Sun Capital, a private equity firm with $12 billion of assets under management, where he focused on leveraged buyouts in the consumer and business services sectors. Rafael started his career as an Investment Banker at Citigroup, where he focused on mergers and acquisition in the insurance and financial technology sectors.

Rafael sits on the junior leadership boards of New York based Youth, Inc. and America Needs You, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland where he graduated as a Linda C. Lee Memorial Scholar and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Puneet Bhardwaj

SVP Digital Analytics


Puneet is the SVP, Digital Analytics for Chubb, a global multiline insurance company. In his role, Puneet oversees innovation, data science and emerging technologies as it applies to Chubb group of companies across the globe. Prior to joining Chubb, Puneet played a key role in establishing data science practice at Hamilton Insurance and at AXA insurance. With almost 20 years in insurance industry, Puneet has broad experience in bringing transformation along the entire business value chain using data, technology and analytics. Puneet holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Finance and Marketing.

Lauren Minches

VP Product and Marketing

Blueprint Income

Lauren is the VP, Product & Marketing for Blueprint Income, a retirement income platform bringing the very first digital Personal Pension to market. Prior to joining Blueprint Income, Lauren spent most of her career at New York Life, working on both life insurance and annuity products in various actuarial capacities including product development and pricing, financial projections, financial reporting, data analytics, and risk management. Lauren is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a licensed fixed annuity producer. She holds a BS, magna cum laude in Financial Engineering & Operations Research from Columbia University.

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