Press Release
November 20, 2020

The 13th Annual Wnet Awards Honor Six Individuals and Two Groups
Dedicated to Empowering and Investing in Women

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – November 20, 2020 Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet), the premier professional association dedicated to women in payments and the men who advocate for them, congratulates the winners of the prestigious 2020 Wnet Awards.

“We are honored by the record number of outstanding submissions for this year’s awards,” said Joan Herbig, Wnet President. “The nominees and winners showcase the passion, dedication and professionalism of Wnet members around our mission of creating a stronger and more diverse industry by empowering and investing in women.”

This year’s award categories and winners are: 

The Individual Diversity Champion Award is presented to a person from a Wnet Corporate Sponsor who has exemplified the spirit of diversity through contributions to her organization in the last year. The winner of the 2020 award is Jennifer Frasier, Global Director, Inclusion & Diversity, FIS Global

The Lean In To Lead Award is given to a Wnet volunteer who has significantly stepped forward to take a leadership role adding ideas, expertise and support that directly champions one of Wnet’s strategic objectives. The winner of the 2020 award is Rose Sikorski, Sr. Program Manager, FIS Global

The Making Waves Award is given to a Wnet volunteer who has made an impact on the industry and demonstrates a commitment to furthering Wnet’s mission by exemplifying outstanding leadership and encouragement to other Wnet members. The winner of the 2020 award is Shemina Jiwani, Chief Operating Officer, Ascendant Worldwide Payments

The Emerging Trendsetter Award celebrates a woman 40 years or younger who has a bright future in the payments industry. This individual showcases her commitment and energy to improving the industry. The winner of the 2020 award is Fay Osman, Leader - National Business Development, Global Payments Inc.

The Game Changer Award is given to a Wnet volunteer who has, through strategic thinking, audacious goal setting, outstanding leadership, commitment to implementation and attention to details, moved mountains and doesn’t take “no” for an answer. In doing so, she moves Wnet forward to stand on new ground toward the realization of our mission and vision. The winner of the 2020 award is Elizabeth Lions, President, Lionsology.

The Advocate Award is presented to an Wnet advocate who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to gender diversity through his participation in Wnet. This individual is a male leader who exemplifies the mission of Wnet by advocating for women in the industry. The winner of the 2020 award is Jack Connors, “Head of Partnerships,” Google.

The LinkUp Event of the Year Award recognizes our Wnet Chapters and their efforts to provide great local networking events across the US and Canada. There is a tie for the winner of the 2020 award: the Wnet Boston Chapter and the Wnet New York Chapter. The Boston Chapter is led by Chair Dawn Delaney, Vice President, Wholesale Payments, Corporate Investments, JPMorgan Chase, and Co-Chair Caroley Parsons, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase. The New York Chapter is led by Michele Fischthal, Senior Client Manager, American Express.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of our volunteers whom we rely on to strengthen Wnet as we continue our focus on increased diversity and inclusion in the payments industry,” said Wnet CEO Wendy Holliday. “Due to the pandemic, we will celebrate virtually with the winners and nominees at our November 2020 Board Meeting, and honor them – along with the 2021 finalists – in-person at our Annual Wnet Leadership Summit next year.”


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 the men who advocate for them, 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. Founded in 2005, Wnet is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving thousands of women in payments annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit www.wnetonline.org.