Who We Are
Our goal is simple—to help women in the payments industry achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity.
For 15 years, Wnet (Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions) has earned a reputation as the premier professional organization for women in payments. We provide personal enrichment through our world-class national and regional programming, networking opportunities and mentorship programs.
Our membership includes women and advocates in senior leadership (executives, presidents, directors) as well as emerging leaders. Wnet members include women working in all aspects of the payments industry including innovators and established players, and from traditional tender like credit cards and ACH, to digitally enabled payments such as mobile payments and cryptocurrency.
Founded in late December of 2005, Wnet is a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization serving more than 3,500 women – and the men who advocate for us – annually through membership and programming.
Our Vision & Mission
A world where a woman’s potential is as unlimited as her ambition.
To create a stronger and more diverse industry by empowering and investing in women.
As a women’s organization, we are anchored in the belief that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and professional parity. Let us stand together, stronger than ever, against the hatred, oppression, abuse of power, and rampant discrimination that plague our society. See our full statement here.
Our Brand Promise
P: Powerful women, passionate about out mission. We take a stand for what we believe
R: Respectful of all people – our rights, freedoms and individual differences
O: Optimistic that we can improve diversity by developing women leaders
M: Mentors leaders and role models, sponsoring and guiding women through all stages of our professional journeys
I: Innovative creative, resourceful. When you invest in us, you are investing in women
S: We Support each other because more women leaders is better for business & better for the world
E: We Empower and are confident, strengthened by our network of members and the knowledge we share
As Linda Perry, Diane (Faro) Vogt and Holli Targan grew in their careers in the acquiring industry, they were struck by how few female executives they came across and by the dearth of role models they could look to. Along with a handful of their colleagues, they realized that while there were smart, ambitious women in the business, the number of women on boards and leading companies was quite low. They were convinced that only by coming together could women force a change.
In response to this void, the three created Women Networking in Electronic Transactions as a networking forum for women in the acquiring industry. Their goal was to provide a place where professional women in the industry could come together to learn from each other, deepen their knowledge about the industry, coach each other and form relationships with women at all levels of experience. By forming connections, Wnet members would position themselves for success and support each other to achieve their career goals.
From the beginning, Wnet hosted networking events, produced a newsletter and supported a mentoring program. Over the years, Wnet has developed a web presence, produced webinars, created two annual networking and educational events and supported women as they grow in the industry. Our membership has expanded past the acquiring industry to include women from all arms of payments, from electronic and mobile payments to fintech and networks; women in all verticals from acquisitions, customer service, operations and marketing to business development, legal, sales and technology; and women at all stages of their careers, from midlevel managers to corporate executives.
Members of Wnet have been a part of massive changes as our industry has evolved over the past decade. In many cases, Wnet members have led these innovations and changes.
Wnet represents women working in all areas of the payment industry. Wnet believes that every employee in the payments field should work in an environment that is safe, respectful and void of harassment of any kind. As women leaders in payment technology, we applaud the courage of victims, male and female, who are coming forward and making their voices heard.