Wnet Announces 2021 Leadership Summit Industry Support of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

FIS and other global payment and fintech companies demonstrate their commitment to Wnet’s annual event focused on empowering and investing in women

KENT, OhioWomen’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet), the premier non-profit organization serving professional women in the payments and fintech industries, is pleased to announce the support of more than a dozen sponsors for our 2021 Leadership Summit, Make The Investment.

“The Wnet Summit is a key facet to empowering women for leadership and executive positions, and the industry’s sponsorship support has been exceptional,” says Polly Van Duser, SPHR, Wnet Board Secretary and Senior Partner, Payments & FinTech – North America, at Greenings. “An investment in our Leadership Summit showcases industry support of diversity, equity and inclusion to more than 4,200 Wnet members, helps industry women flourish, and strengthens the larger payments and fintech network.”

The Title Sponsor for the 2021 Leadership Summit is global financial technology leader FIS. In addition to presenting the annual event, FIS is sponsoring the Motivational Luncheon and the Closing Event Wine Down.

“To say that Wnet continues to expand and provide value to women in the financial/payments sector is an understatement,” exclaims Cynthia Knowles, Wnet Board Director and VP, Head of Business Administration, at FIS. “We are so proud to be a part of an organization that empowers women across the industry while being inclusive and understanding the value that our male advocates also offer.”

Another key sponsor supporting the annual Leadership Summit is global payments and financial technology leader, Fiserv, who is underwriting the Motivational Luncheon Speaker Nancy Lieberman.

“Wnet’s ongoing pursuit of creating the most inspiring and educational programming available in our industry enables our Summit sponsorship to make a huge difference,” affirmed Mary Uslander, Wnet Board President and SVP, Small Business Segment Leader, at Fiserv. “Wnet strives to ensure our industry continues to become more diverse, creative and productive and thereby more profitable, and Fiserv wants to be part of that important journey.”

Global Payments is a Platinum Sponsor of the Summit. This leading global payments technology company is sponsoring the 15th Anniversary Opening Night Celebration featuring the Online Silent Auction.

“Celebrating and recognizing the achievements of women in the industry is so important to me and our organization,” shares Stacy Hughes, Wnet Director and Chief Information Security Officer at Global Payments. “We are excited to sponsor the opening event celebrating Wnet’s 15 years of encouraging and mentoring women to take advantage of more career opportunities in the financial services industry.”

Paya, a leading provider of integrated payment and frictionless commerce solutions, is the event’s Gold Sponsor and champion of the new Headshot Lounge.
“For years, Paya has been a proud supporter of the Wnet mission and annual Leadership Summit, which provides a critical outlet for developing and promoting women in Fintech,” says Andrea Kando, Head of Product and Marketing for Paya.

Silver Sponsor NCR will host the Summit Dessert Break for attendees during the full day of education on November 4.

“NCR is proud to sponsor this year’s Wnet Summit as we all strive to find a ‘new normal’ in terms of networking opportunities and professional development,” says Michelle Jenkins, Chief Marketing Officer, Payment Solutions, NCR. “The Leadership Summit promises to be a premier event for all in the payments industry.”

The current list of Leadership Summit Sponsors and Partners includes:

  • FIS – Title Sponsor, Motivational Luncheon, Pashmina Wraps and Closing Event Wine Down
  • Fiserv – Motivational Luncheon Speaker Nancy Lieberman
  • Global Payments – Platinum Sponsor, 15th Anniversary Opening Night Celebration featuring the Online Silent Auction
  • Paya – Gold Sponsor, Summit Breakfast and Headshot Lounge
  • NCR – Silver Sponsor
  • SecureTrust – Emerald Sponsor and Water Bottles
  • Avidia Bank – Social Media Display
  • Visa – Tech Bar & Charging Station
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Attendee Bags
  • Mastercard – Attendee Lanyards
  • First American by Deluxe® – Attendee Notepads
  • Green Rhino Recruitment – Library Bookstore
  • Discover – Wellness Morning Class
  • Digital Transactions – Media Partner
  • The Green Sheet – Media Partner
  • The Paypers – Media Partner
  • The Strawhecker Group – Media Partner
  • MAC – Industry Partner
  • RSPA – Industry Partner

These companies have committed to decreasing the gender imbalance in leadership positions within the industry,” says Van Duser. “They are supporting the advancement of women and they recognize Wnet’s contributions during the last 15 years. On behalf of the Board and entire membership of Wnet, I thank these generous partners for making the investment, supporting women and fostering inclusivity.”

To register and stay up to date on the latest 2021 Summit news, visit bit.ly/WnetSummit2021. Additional sponsorship information available here.

The Wnet Online Silent Auction, opening during Money 20/20 USA and closing at the Wnet Leadership Summit, is an additional sponsorship opportunity. Donations of gift cards, purses, spa treatments, wine, jewelry and “experiences” like wine tastings or art classes are now being accepted. Register and donate now to be part of this favorite Summit event.

About Wnet
The Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) – celebrating 15 years of empowering and investing in women – is the premier professional organization for women in payments
and fintech, providing personal enrichment no matter what stage members are in their careers. The organization provides world-class national and regional programming, fosters networking and promotes mentoring to help members achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity. Incorporated in late 2005 and launched in 2006, Wnet is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving thousands of women across the global payments industry annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit www.wnetonline.org. Follow Wnet on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About FIS
FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our employees are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS ranks #241 on the 2021 Fortune 500 and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. To learn more, visit www.fisglobal.com. Follow FIS on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@FISGlobal).