2021 Fintech Innovation Challenge Speaker

Anjali Kumar

Founder, Slightly Reserved

Anjali Kumar works with entrepreneurs and C-level executives in all stages of business, focusing on early-stage tech, consumer products, and luxury fashion companies with a social conscience.

Anjali recently founded Slightly Reserved, an advisory firm focusing on legal counsel and business strategy for entrepreneurs, executives, talent, and brands. She is also a co-founder of COVID Tech Connect which is sending nearly 20,000 smart devices to hospitals and senior care facilities across the US that allow critically ill patients to connect with their loved ones.

Prior to that, Anjali was the Founding Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Cheddar, the Founding Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker, Founding General Counsel at Acumen, and Senior Counsel at Google.

While at Google, Anjali curated and hosted the @Google Speaker Series on the NYC campus, bringing Googlers from around the globe face-to-face with today’s most prominent and innovative thought leaders including Anthony Bourdain, Questlove, and Jacques Pépin and hosted a YouTube interview series “Lunchtime at Google.”

Anjali’s 2017 TED Talk based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In (Hachette 2018), has been watched by over 4 million people around the world and translated into over twenty languages. A television show based on her book is in development.

Anjali earned her BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University and continues to advise non-profit organizations including Malala Fund and IDEO.org.

In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to join the NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and the board of directors of GrowNYC. Anjali currently serves on the board of directors of Happy Money, IFundWomen, Women’s World Banking, Amplifier, POV, and GloScience Professional.

Anjali lives in New York City and upstate New York with her husband and daughter.