As the US’ second oldest financial institution, you might expect 222-year-old State Street to be a bit fusty around the edges. But the banking stalwart’s chiefs look determined to keep the bank fresh – so much so they organised a TED talk day in the trendy East End Troxy theatre yesterday. TED talks are usually the preserve of Silicon Valley types, but 14 of State Street’s employees took to the stage and spoke about everything from sexism in India to American ghost towns.
“My talk sought to challenge the stereotypes that millennials are ‘lazy, self-entitled narcissists’,” Patrice Thompson, associate at State Street told us. “The key takeaway I took from the entire experience is that credibility is not about referring to expertise, but rather about being the most authentic expression of yourself.” There’s hope for us all – can we hope to see more City institutions taking up the TED mantle?
Other talks in the schedule included a talk called Sack Fergie, Sell Giggs and The Peculiarities of Burmese Names – if nothing else, you couldn’t call the State Street team dull.