Wnet Welcomes Newly-Elected 2018 Executive, Advisory, and Board Members

February 13, 2018

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Additions Broaden Wnet’s Leadership and Voices on Women in Payment Leadership Issues

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – Feb. 13, 2018 – The Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) announced today that its Board of Directors unanimously elected new leaders to its Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Advisory Committee. The additions ensure broad leadership representation from the payment industry, enabling Wnet to empower women in payments at every level. The full roster is available on the Wnet website.


Executive Committee Appoints 2018 President; Welcomes New Secretary

As part of the Executive Committee’s seamless leadership transition, Theresa Gongora, previously Wnet’s president-elect, moves into the role of President of the Executive Committee.

“I am truly honored to continue to serve the payments industry and represent the women of Wnet,” said Theresa Gongora, president of Wnet’s Executive Committee, and group executive, corporate strategy and planning at TSYS. “Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed firsthand what women can accomplish when we support each other. I believe strongly in Wnet’s mission which starts with the premise that empowered women empower women. I look forward to leading the way in preparing our members for the opportunities of the future.”

First Data Corporation’s Senior Vice President, Head of SMB Commercialization Mary Uslander, also joins the Executive Committee as the newly-elected Secretary. A Wnet board member since 2015, Uslander also leads the association’s Mentoring Committee.


Worldpay’s Kelly Beatty Joins Wnet Board of Directors

Wnet welcomes Kelly Beatty to its Board of Directors. Beatty, a senior vice president and general manager of Merchant Solutions for Financial Institutions at Worldpay, has served as Wnet Advisor for the last two years.

“In today’s world, mentoring and empowerment are more important than ever in the payments industry. Our new and newly elected members are all at the forefront of continuing diversification and broadening inclusivity in both our membership and the industry we represent,” said Wnet Executive Director Lisl Dutterer. “Because our new directors and advisors represent a range of important payment industry sectors, we are well positioned to address our industry's leadership challenges and move forward energetically on our educational initiatives.”


Advisory Committee Reflects Leadership at Every Level

As part of the association’s continued focus on providing the right leadership, industry perspectives, and technology expertise, Wnet expanded its Advisory Committee to include three advisory groups: Executive Advisors, Innovators, and Rising Stars.

The Executive Advisors are senior levels executives whose viewpoints and contributions will expand the diversity of the Board’s perspectives. The Innovator Advisors will bring distinctive knowledge and subject matter expertise to the Board with a focus on strategic growth areas and digital engagement. The Rising Star Advisors represent the voices of emerging leaders in the payment industry. New members include:

  • Executive Advisors: Stuart Diamond, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, attorney, entrepreneur, and author; and Beth Deck, senior vice president of accounting and finance, Netspend, a TSYS company,
  • Innovators Advisors: Cynthia Knowles, vice president of Payments Engagement, FIS Payments; Pamela McKinley, product strategy manager, Bank of America Merchant Services; Kristy Richardson, chief operating officer, USPAY.
  • Rising Stars Advisors: Natalia Leonardis, senior business development director, CardFlight; and Liz Pike, managing director, Green Rhino.


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.