Recognition and Awards
2021 AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN JULY 30!
Wnet recognizes its members who demonstrate excellence in engaging, influencing and championing diversity throughout the payments industry and in their own companies. Wnet members nominate women and men who they believe personify the values recognized by each award. Winners are typically honored at the annual Wnet Leadership Summit and partner events throughout the year.
Titles and companies of the winners are shown as they were when award was presented.
Corporate Diversity Champion Award
Individual Diversity Champion Award
2020: Jennifer Frasier, Global Director, Inclusion & Diversity, FIS Global
2019: Heather Ross, Vice President, Executive Communications, Global Payments Inc.
2018: Kelly Beatty, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Operating Officer, Worldpay
2017: Theresa Gongora, Senior Vice President, Finance, TSYS
2016: Kim Holmes, System Director, Discover Financial Services
Lean In To Lead Award
2020: Rose Sikorski, Sr. Program Manager, FIS Global
2019: Audrey Blackmon, Senior Vice President, Verrency
2018: Diane Driscoll, Quality Control Manager, National Merchants Association
2017: Dawn Delaney, Director, Corporate Partnerships, Chase Payment Tech
2016: Pam McKinley, US Project Manager, Moneris
Making Waves Award
2020: Shemina Jiwani, Chief Operating Officer, AscendantFX Capital Inc.
2019: Genevieve Dozier, Client Business Executive, Fiserv
2018: Melissa Pauleat, VP Group Marketing Services, Paysafe
2017: Christina Camacho, CEO, Current Payment Solutions
2016: Kristy Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, USPAY
Emerging Trendsetter Award
2020: Fay Osman, Leader - National Business Development, Global Payments Inc.
2019: Stephanie Foster, Head of Regional Product Management, Americas, Finastra
2017: Megan Karubla, Business Leader-Product, Strategy Marketing, Merchant e-Solutions
2016: Amy Aton, HR Manager, Anovia Payments
Game Changer Award
2019: Theresa Gongora, Finance - Merchant Solutions, Global Payments Inc.
2018: Linda Perry, Linda S. Perry Consulting
Advocate of the Year Award
2020: Jack Connors, “Head of Partnerships,” Google
2019: David Leppeck, Executive Payment Consultant, Statement IQ
LinkUp Event of the Year Award
2020 Co-Winner: Boston Chapter
2020 Co-Winner: New York Chapter
2019 Co-Winner: Atlanta Chapter
2019 Co-Winner: Bay Area Chapter
2018: Montreal Chapter
View the 2018 Awards Presentation
The Wnet Awards Selection Committee will determine results for the award winner for each category based on whether the entry met the eligibility requirements and provided the required supplemental documents. Each entry will be scored using a scoring method by the Awards Committee. The nomination receiving the top score will be the recipient recommended to the Awards Committee.
Would you like to be considered for a Wnet Award? Do you know a Wnet member who is deserving of an award?
These awards are designed to encourage and honor significant contributions that support Wnet mission and values. We encourage all members to participate in the Wnet awards and recognition program at some point in their careers.
Submissions for 2021 open July 30.