We celebrate and honour the achievements of women across the payments ecosystem. Recipients are women who have distinguished themselves as leaders, innovators, rising stars, and consummate professionals.

Through our awards program, we present awards to honour women payments professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation and promise. An Awards Committee comprised of senior women leaders from across the payments industry will review nominations, and awards will be presented at an Awards ceremony.

The 2021 Award Nominations are now closed. 



The Women in Payments Award for Innovation will be awarded to a nominee who has promoted payments innovation through creativity, vision, and perseverance in her organization or the payments industry. The nominee has been instrumental in promoting innovations or creative re-engineering.


  • Evidence of work that supports and prioritizes the customer experience
  • Work shows evidence of creating a significant impact on businesses and customers
  • Innovations are quickly and effectively adopted and applied to other industries
  • Innovations have evidence-based results that are measurable
  • Evidence that the candidate supports and inspires others in the organization or industry to innovate
  • References show the nominee is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others
  • Demonstrates integrity and sets a high professional standard for ethics and quality work



The Women in Payments Thought Leader Award will be presented to a woman who demonstrates thought leadership in the industry or her organization. She has a passion for innovation, and actively encourages debate on the evolution of payments. 


  • Nominee actively contributes to the payments debate through published speaking or published content 
  • Examples of behaviour that demonstrates the candidate strives to shape the future of the payments industry 
  • Proven record of managing projects from conception to execution that impact the payments ecosystem in a positive way 
  • Exemplifies high integrity and professional standards 
  • Committed to mentorship and support for diversity 
  • Nominee leads by example and motivates others, acts as a mentor, teacher or advisor to members of the industry 



The Women in Payments Emerging Leader Award will be awarded to a woman who has demonstrated leadership and professional excellence in the payments industry, supports other talented payments professionals and is committed to motivating others to make a positive impact in the payments industry. The nominee is currently employed in the country of which the award program is being held. 


  • Examples of leadership, vision, maturity and perseverance in her career 
  • Evidence that the candidate is actively involved in promoting the payments community within her organization and the payments industry at large 
  • The Nominee is committed to further learning and development 
  • References confirm candidate leads by example and freely shares knowledge with peers, clients, and stakeholders 
  • Evidence showing exceptional and ongoing achievements have made demonstrable contributions to their institutions 
  • Examples of when the candidate demonstrated high integrity and set high professional standards for ethics and quality of work 
  • Currently employed in Australia 



The Women in Payments Advocate for Women Award will be awarded to a nominee who actively contributes to the advancement and development of women either inside or outside his/her organization. 


  • Actively demonstrates a commitment to the advancement of gender equality, including equal pay and equal opportunities for career growth 
  • Evidence of publicly championing and celebrating the work and accomplishment of female leaders 
  • The candidate is a Mentor, advises and nurtures emerging female talent & leadership in the payments industry 
  • Candidate provides a positive forum and platform for women to network and find mentors in their industry 
  • Actively uses his/her position of influence to encourage the promotion/hiring of strong female talent 
  • Creates or supports leadership development programs, works with educators to promote the importance of STEM education for girls and creates excitement about career opportunities available to girls in payments & fintech sectors 
  • Encourages debate and brings awareness to the importance of gender diversity at the C-level 



The Women in Payments Distinguished Payments Professional Award is a lifetime achievement honour, to recognize a leading woman who has made a significant contribution to the payments industry. It will be awarded to a woman who is an acknowledged trendsetter, role model, and positive contributor to the overall positive image of the industry. 


  • Influences on industry trends 
  • Actively involved with various stakeholders in the industry 
  • Contributes to the positive perception of the industry 
  • Evidence of collaboration 
  • Examples of diplomacy, professionalism and high ethical standards in all aspects of their work 
  • Evidence of actively contributing to the collective success of the payments industry as a whole 
  • Nominee leads by example and motivates others, acts as a mentor, teacher or advisor to members of the industry 



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