2021 HW Woman of Influence: Bernadette Kogler


While the list of fintech CEOs does not include many women, Bernadette Kogler makes that list as an outspoken champion of promoting and empowering female leaders. Kogler serves as CEO and co-founder of RiskSpan, a data and analytics shop serving mortgage investors, traders and others in the origination, servicing and secondary marketing space. During the past year, Bernadette has presided over record growth in adoption of RiskSpan’s Edge Platform. Her leadership has also been the driving force behind an unprecedented expansion of the platform’s capabilities during the pandemic. Bernadette is a dynamic, hands-on executive with a unique ability to oversee complex technical initiatives while also managing the day-to-day operations of a growing firm with over 100 employees. One of her big accomplishments at RiskSpan has been increasing the firm’s client base by 110% since 2018. Outside of her career, she regularly donates time to mentoring others in their professional development, particularly women. In 2021, her continuing commitment to empowering women was reflected in her becoming a founding member of “Chief,” a private network designed “to drive more women into positions of power and keep them there.” Bernadette also participates in mentoring students and recently served as a “Pitch coach” in support of Villanova’s 2021 flagship event for the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute.


Bernadette Kogler


CEO and Co-Founder

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