Recognition and Awards

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.

2020 Award Nominations NOW OPEN!

Due to the pandemic, we will announce and celebrate the 2020 winners in a new way by honoring them at the Wnet November Board Meeting and at the 2021 Wnet Leadership Summit

Deadline for submitting nominations is October 30, 2020.

Past Award Winners

Congratulations to All of the Winners!

Titles and companies of the winners are shown as they were when award was presented.

View the 2018 Awards Presentation


Corporate Diversity Champion Award

2018:2019te Diversity Champion Award Winner: JPMorgan

2017:2018 Corporate Diversity Champion Award Winner: Discover


Individual Diversity Champion Award

Heather Ross
2019: Heather Ross, Vice President, Executive Communications, Global Payments

Kelly Beatty
2018: Kelly Beatty, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Operating Officer, Worldpay

Theresa Gongora
2017: Theresa Gongora, Senior Vice President, Finance, TSYS

Kim Holmes
2016: Kim Holmes, System Director, Discover Financial Services

Lean In To Lead Award

Audrey Blackmon
2019: Audrey Blackmon, Senior Vice President, Verrency

Diane Driscoll
2018: Diane Driscoll, Quality Control Manager, National Merchants Association

Dawn Delaney
2017: Dawn Delaney, Director, Corporate Partnerships, Chase Payment Tech

Pam McKinley
2016: Pam McKinley, US Project Manager, Moneris

Making Waves Award

Genevieve Dozier
2019: Genevieve Dozier, Client Business Executive, Fiserv

Melissa Pauleat
2018: Melissa Pauleat, VP Group Marketing Services, Paysafe

Christina Camacho
2017: Christina Camacho, CEO, Current Payment Solutions

Kristy Richardson
2016: Kristy Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, USPAY

Emerging Trendsetter Award

Stephanie Foster
2019: Stephanie Foster, Head of Regional Product Management, Americas, Finastra

Megan Karubla
2017: Megan Karubla, Business Leader-Product, Strategy Marketing, Merchant e-Solutions

Amy Aton
2016: Amy Aton, HR Manager, Anovia Payments

Game Changer Award

Theresa Gongora
2019: Theresa Gongora, Finance - Merchant Solutions, Global Payments  

Linda Perry
2018: Linda Perry, Linda S. Perry Consulting

Advocate of the Year Award

David Leppeck
2019: David Leppeck, Executive Payment Consultant, Statement IQ 

LinkUp Event of the Year Award

Atlanta Chapter
2019 Co-Winner: Atlanta Chapter

Bay Area Chapter
2019 Co-Winner: Bay Area Chapter

Montreal Chapter
2018: Montreal Chapter

Award Categories and Criteria

Corporate Diversity Champion Award

The Wnet Diversity Champion Award is the payment industry’s award for recognizing leadership in the areas of inclusion, respect and diversity. Diversity must be part of the corporate culture, and that culture is created and reinforced daily by individual leaders. Therefore, Wnet offers two awards: The Corporate Diversity Champion Award and the Individual Diversity Champion Award. Wnet recognizes organizations and individuals through an ongoing process that includes nomination, application and evaluation. The award recognizes an achieved standard and is not a competition. Learn more about this corporate award.

Individual Diversity Champion Award

The Diversity Champion Award is presented to an individual, from a Wnet Corporate Sponsor, who has exemplified the spirit of diversity through contributions to her organization in the last year. This individual demonstrated leadership in expanding opportunities for women and advances diversity initiatives within her company.

Lean In To Lead Award

The Lean In To Lead Award is given to a Wnet member who has significantly stepped forward to take a leadership role to add ideas, expertise and support that directly champions one of Wnet’s strategic objectives.

Making Waves Award

The Making Waves Award is given to a Wnet member 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.

Emerging Trendsetter Award

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.

Game Changer Award

The Game Changer Award is given to a Wnet member who has, through strategic thinking, audacious goal-setting, outstanding leadership, commitment to implementation and attention to the 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.

Advocate Award

The Advocate Award is presented to an Advocate Member 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.

LinkUp Event of the Year Award

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.

Please visit this page to view the full criteria for each award or submit a nomination. 

Submission Guidelines

Would you like to be considered for a Wnet Award? Do you know a Wnet member who is deserving of an award?

Submission Guidelines:

  • You may nominate yourself or a colleague.
  • Nominations must include one to two paragraphs describing how the nominee has stood out during the past year in the nomination category. Be sure to include concrete examples of accomplishments.
  • Submit only one nomination per category.

Please visit this page to submit a nomination or view the full criteria for each award.