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.

Award Winners:  Congratulations to the 2020 Winners!

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

Corporate Diversity Champion Award

2018:2019te Diversity Champion Award Winner: JPMorgan

2017:2018 Corporate Diversity Champion Award Winner: Discover

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 GongoraSenior Vice President, Finance, TSYS

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

Lean In To Lead Award

Rose Sikorski
2020: Rose Sikorski, Sr. Program Manager, FIS Global

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

Shemina Jiwani
2020: Shemina Jiwani, Chief Operating Officer, AscendantFX Capital Inc.

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

Fay Osman
2020: Fay Osman, Leader - National Business Development, Global Payments Inc.

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

Elizabeth Lions
2020: Elizabeth Lions, President, Lionsology

Theresa Gongora
2019: Theresa GongoraFinance - Merchant Solutions, Global Payments Inc.

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

Advocate of the Year Award

Jack Connors
2020: Jack Connors, “Head of Partnerships,” Google

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

LinkUp Event of the Year Award

Bay Area Chapter
2020 Co-Winner: Boston Chapter

Bay Area Chapter
2020 Co-Winner: New York Chapter

Bay Area Chapter
2019 Co-Winner: Atlanta Chapter

Bay Area Chapter
2019 Co-Winner: Bay Area Chapter

Montreal Chapter
2018: Montreal Chapter


View the 2018 Awards Presentation

Award Categories and Criteria

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.

View Categories and Criteria. 


Submission Guidelines

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.

View Submission Guidelines.

Submissions for 2021 open July 30.