Wnet's Newly Elected 2019 Board Aims to Move the Needle on How Diversity Delivers

Press Release
February 13, 2019

Wide Range of Payment and Fintech Sector Expertise on Board Uniquely Positions Wnet to Advance How the Industry Empowers Women Leaders and the Men that Advocate for them

WAKEFIELD, Mass., – Feb. 13, 2019 – The Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) announced today that its Board of Directors unanimously elected new leaders to its Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Board of Advisors. The additions ensure broad leadership representation from the payment industry, enabling Wnet to provide thought leadership and empower women in payments at every level. The full roster is available on the Wnet website.

Executive Committee Appoints 2019 President As part of the Executive Committee's seamless leadership transition, Carol Grunberg, previously Wnet's president-elect, moves into the role of President of the Executive Committee. Since 2013, Grunberg has been instrumental in helping Wnet drive world-class national and regional programming, networking opportunities and mentorship designed to foster gender inclusivity within the financial services and fintech industries.

"I am honored that my fellow Board members entrust me with leading Wnet and expanding our work around mentorship, leadership, and advocacy," said Carol Grunberg, Wnet President, and Head of Growth, Global and Strategic Partnerships, Ant Financial. "Throughout my career, I have remained committed to expanding women's leadership at all levels to make the industry more diverse and more reflective of the existing talent pool. I look forward to working closely with our members as we lead the way towards a future of greater diversity."

Welcomes New Board Members and Appoints New Secretary and Treasurer
Wnet welcomes FIS Division Executive of International Payments Serena Smith and Green Rhino Recruitment Managing Director Liz Pike to its Board of Directors. Smith has served on Wnet's Mentoring Committee and delivered the keynote speech at the 2018 Wnet Leadership Summit. A Wnet Chapter Leader and Rising Star Advisor, Pike has been heavily involved in Wnet's education, membership and Leadership Summit initiatives in addition to serving on the Payments 101 Task Force.

Discover Financial Services' Vice President of Credit Operations Kelly Tufts also joins the Executive Committee as the newly-elected Secretary. On the Wnet Board since 2015, First Data Corporation Senior Vice President of Product Management, Product Commercialization and Client Experience Mary Uslander will serve as Treasurer, having served as Secretary in 2018.

"Our two newest Board members and newly appointed Secretary and Treasurer embody Wnet's mission of working to increase the leadership opportunities for women and their advocates," said Lisl Dutterer, Wnet Executive Director. "With our 2019 Executive Committee and Board of Advisors, Wnet is uniquely positioned to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce that is essential for a thriving payments industry."

Board of Advisors Reflects Leadership at Every Level
New voices and perspectives are essential to unlocking the transformational capabilities that will drive the payments industry forward. Wnet's Board of Advisors is uniquely qualified to help us galvanize an entire community of female leaders and male advocates – from the rising stars and innovators to senior executives and C-suite advisors. New members include:

  • Carla Balakgie, President and CEO of National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)
  • Joe Carella, Assistant Dean of Executive Education in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona
  • Gloria Colgan, Global Head of Financial Partnerships and Fintech, Velo Payments
  • Dawn Delaney, Vice President, Technology, Media, and Telecom at Corporate Investment Bank, JP Morgan Chase
  • Stephanie Foster, Product Manager, Fiserv
  • Maureen Schumacher, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Global Payments

About the Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet)
Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) is the premier professional organization for women in payments; providing personal enrichment no matter what stage members are in their career. 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. Founded in 2005, Wnet is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving more than 1,000 women in payments annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit www.wnetonline.org.