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Be inspired by women making waves in the United States payments industry and beyond. Join us at the 2023 Symposium!  The theme this year is “Breaking Boundaries”.

Our keynotes, panels, and break-out work sessions will help strengthen your skills while keeping you on top of industry trends. Hear from women leaders on a variety of subjects including current payments issues and initiatives, fintech, and leadership. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with women at all levels and with diverse backgrounds in payment and fintech. This is a must-attend event for any woman who’s serious about accelerating her career in the payments industry.

The Women in Payments Symposium is a unique event that provides perspectives from key women leaders in payments, supports diversity and gender parity, and includes topics impacting all aspects of the payments ecosystem. The format is split between networking breaks, keynote addresses, executive panel discussions and career development breakout sessions. This forum is an unparalleled opportunity that is empowering, current and immediately relevant to any woman pursuing a career in payments.

 

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Bronze

Regional Sponsors

 

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Unicorn Challenge

 

Gold

 
 

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The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City 

1250 South Hayes Street , Arlington, Virginia 22202

Explore a destination where traditional beauty melts seamlessly into modern luxury. Where spacious suites incorporate sleek lines and classic marble and wood finishes. Where cuisine nods to the Mediterranean coastline, and where more than 17,000 sqft of newly redesigned event space can reflect your vision. This is the past, present and future wrapped into one distinctive Arlington hotel that remains focused on the safety and needs of our guests.

Accommodation Rates Available:

We have secured a limited number of rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City at  a group rate of $279 USD per night on a first come first served basis. Unfortunately we are now sold out of rooms on March 28th at the group rate but have added a limited number of rooms at a rate of $389 USD per night.   Please book a reservation for the available nights in the room block and then contact the hotel with the confirmation number to add the 28th.  You can either email Samanta Boehm (samantha.boehm@ritzcarlton.com) or call her  direct line at 703-412-2748.

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Book your group rate for Women in Payments USA Symposium 2023

The group rate will expire on Saturday, February 25, 2023

 

 

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Ballroom Foyer

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

 

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Diplomat Room

QUANTUM COMPUTING AND SECURITY: WHY DOES IT MATTER IN PAYMENTS?

First it was the internet, then it was crypto and blockchain, and now it's Quantum Computing. All of these technologies have impacted payments and banking, with Quantum now fast becoming the new conundrum. With this here-but-still-coming technology quantum physics entangles with computing. While commercially viable quantum computers are years away, quantum computing does render current security vulnerable. Speakers in this session explore what this means to the payments industry and to CIO and CPO's as they work to stay ahead of security threats and risks.  

Attendees come away understanding what steps can and should be taken now to be better prepared and what are the opportunities in this evolving field. 

Co-ModeratorMary Ann Francis
Associate Partner
IBM Consulting

Co-ModeratorPeter Tapling
Nacha Consulting

Co-PresenterRay Harishankar
IBM Fellow
Quantum

Co-Presenter
Charles Robinson
Quantum Lead

Co-PresenterTynika Wilson
NCFU
Payments

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Ambassador Room

DIGITAL CURRENCY WORKSHOP

 

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Ballroom Foyer

NETWORKING BREAK

 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Diplomat Room

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

 

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET

Ballroom Foyer

REGISTRATION

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM ET

Ballroom Foyer

AWARDS COCKTAIL 

 

6:30 PM - 6:35 PM ET

Grand Ballroom

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

6:35 PM - 7:15 PM ET

Grand Ballroom

AWARDS DINNER

 

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Grand Ballroom

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Nell Campbell-Drake
Vice President, Federal Reserve Financial Services
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Nicole S Tackett
Head of CPTS Strategy & Commercial Card Solutions | DEI Champion, U.S. Bank

8:10 PM - 9 PM ET

Grand Ballroom

AWARDS KEYNOTE

 

9:00 PM - 9:15 PM ET

Grand Ballroom

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

 

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM ET

Ballroom Foyer

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

 

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

EXECUTIVE PANEL

Payments are hot! Payments have been called sexy!  This panel of industry dynamos has their finger on the pulse of payments, as the industry accelerates its shift to digital, and collaboration across FIs, fintechs, and technology providers continues to increase. Join them as they explore the exciting world of payments, and share their secrets to career success in this exciting industry.

Moderator

Carolyn Homberger
President of Americas
Featurespace 

Patty Juarez
Executive Vice President & Head of Diverse Segments
Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo 

Deborah Murphy
SVP, Sales Transformation Leader, Business Banking Segment
U.S. Bank

 Lori Schwartz
Global Head of Liquidity Solutions
Account Services & Escrow
J.P. Morgan Payments


Colleen Taylor
President
Merchant Services - US
American Express 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET

Ballroom Foyer

NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

Diplomat Room

MOVING MONEY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

As innovation, new models and participants join the U.S. payments ecosystem, the way money moves is rapidly evolving. Join Kassi Quimby who leads the Federal Reserve System’s Payments Improvement Function as she hosts a panel of experts and innovators in a lively discussion about what is happening now, what the changes mean for incumbent players, existing services and end users and how the future of payments will be impacted.

Moderator

Kassi Quimby
FRFS SVP Payments Improvement
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Jo Ann Barefoot
CEO
Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Debopama Sen
Managing Director and Co-Head – Global Payments & Receivables
Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi 

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

Plaza C & D

FAST CROSS BORDER PAYMENTS: DELIVERING FAST AND SAFE PAYMENTS FOR CONSUMERS

Can innovation keep up with the growing demand to eliminate borders in payments, making them instant and free? This panel will discuss the complex challenges involved in finding faster and more efficient solutions. They will explore trends, innovations by fintechs and payments systems and the need to grow investment and collaboration between incumbents and fintechs to remove friction, create enhanced product offerings and deliver a seamless experience when sending low value payments around the world.

Moderator
Joanna Wisniecka
Senior Engagement Manager
Glenbrook Partners

Leah Genone
Executive Director Global Strategic Relationships
SWIFT

Roshni Joshi
Head of Banking & Expansion, North America
Wise


Angelica Valencia
Executive Director
 J.P. Morgan 

Sue Meyer
VP Product
 The Clearing House 

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Ambassador Room

THE FUTURE OF FINTECH IS FEMALE

Find out what the next generation of ‘Rising Star’ female payments leaders are thinking as they share their views on the industry and discuss where the future is taking us. How can they be mentored and encouraged to succeed? Meet panelist Frances Zelazny CEO of Anonybit, last year’s winner of our Unicorn Challenge Prize as we find out about her progress and challenges. Our enthusiastic panel will provide insight on how to align our strategies for helping women and minorities succeed, mentoring up-and-coming leaders and leveraging talent to drive bottom line results.

Moderator

Roseanne Silva
SVP, Security Director, PNC Financial Services

Rachel Eisenpress
Vice President, Global Digital Partnerships, Mastercard

Monica Kennedy
SVP Head of Merchant Services Portfolio Management
Bank of America

Vanessa Lin
Managing Director, Commercialization & Digital
BNY Mellon

Frances Zelazny
CEO
Anonybit
 

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

Diplomat Room

HUMAN-CENTRIC PAYMENT ENABLEMENT: FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

This panel of payment experts will showcase key behavioral trends and explore ways to transform the customer experience with a sharper focus on business and consumer needs. Discover new insights on how leveraging data to solve pain points provides added value across the lifecycle. They’ll discuss the evolution from product to consumer focus, unlocking new value and creating compelling journey-based solutions for their customers.

Moderator
Rachel Levy
Vice President, Head of U.S. Merchant Marketing
American Express

Gail Locascio
US Director of Sales
Global Payment Solutions
HSBC

Bevin McArthur
Deloitte

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

Plaza C & D

BUILDING A CREDIT FILE IN THE US: ARE WE STILL THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL?

Newcomers have had many borders to cross, yet when they arrive in the U.S. they are historically the most underbanked populations. Join this panel of experts as they detail how to build innovative and seamless digital acquisition journeys that increase financial inclusion and remove barriers to access. Find out what products are available to new Americans, allowing them to build credit and start their next chapter with financial confidence and security.

Moderator
Neda Shemluck 
Global Lead Client Service Partner
 Deloitte

Mindy Davidowski
Senior Vice President
Enterprise Acquisition Products & Platforms 

Debbie Guerra
Chief Product Officer
ACI Worldwide

Glenn Murray
Vice President
Payment Services
 Strategic Growth 
Sutton Payments

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Ambassador Room

SUPPORTING GLOBAL PAYMENTS TEAMS DURING GROWTH: THE KEY IS FLEXIBILITY

Join global payments experts as they explore the hybrid work models being offered across the payments industry. Find out how employees who are empowered to curate a work environment that suits them best boosts productivity and prevent burnout. We will explore how a flexible workplace increases employee retention and increases global hiring opportunities.

Moderator
Kirstin Farrelly
SVP Strategic Account Services
Elavon

Laura Balach
VP Co-Brand Product & Partnership Management
AMEX

Juatise Gathings
Chatham Operations Director
Discover

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Grand Ballroom

NETWORKING LUNCH

 

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

METAVERSE GAME SHOW

The Metaverse is at a crossroads where technology,  imagination, entertainment and digital economy come together in an interactive and immersive environment. As fintech and payment innovation experts partner to create real-time customer journeys in the Metaverse, we are all now students learning about a parallel universe, VR, AR, avatars, holograms and new experiences and activities we can have without ever leaving home. The Metaverse Game Show is an interactive and entertaining opportunity to test our knowledge and help us learn about the Metaverse! 

Following a format similar to the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, three players will be scheduled in advance and each will be invited to pick an audience member to join their team. Teams will compete by answering questions of increasing difficulty. The team with the most correct answers will each win an exciting prize!

Presenter

Linh Young
Head of Digital Assets Intelligence
Western Union

Carmen Cutajar
Partner
IBM Consulting

Nicola Grant
Senior Vice President of Consumer & Brand Marketing, Mastercard

1:35 PM - 2:15 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

Diplomat Room

A PAYMENT IS A PAYMENT IS A PAYMENT: IT'S A RISKY WORLD!

The payments landscape is in a constant state of change. As a result, Push Payment Fraud and changing regulations requires an overview of best practices in cyber security hygiene. Pushing consumer payment networks like Zelle, Real Time Payment, ACH or FedNow to have similar protections, claims and guarantees as card transactions creates a myriad of challenges to make them a reality. This panel will explore the need to assess the control of environment, based on a framework in order to take a risk based approach and prioritize next steps.

Moderator
 Donna Turner
 
Advisor in Residence, EY

Ginny Chappell
EVP Product & Marketing
Moov Financial

Lauren Giles
Chief Counsel
Elavon


Jennifer Rosario
 
VP, Chief Information Security Officer
 Spreedly
 

Judy Stoldt
Senior Executive,
Global Payments & Solutions
HSBC 

1:35 PM - 2:15 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

Plaza C & D

WHAT'S NEXT FOR INSTANT PAYMENTS? ARE COMPANIES READY?

The FedNow Service launches in summer 2023.  Are we ready to have payment services available 24x7x365?  Join this panel of leaders to explore the hyper-growth trajectory of instant payments. We’ll track tools such as RFP, instant wage access and discuss what financial institutions are doing to drive demand. We’ll explore possible inhibitors for adoption and review exciting new products and opportunities being developed.

Moderator
Carrie Blankenship
Payments Innovation Principal - Americas
Volante 

Elena Whisler
SVP, Sales & Relationship Management
The Clearing House

Michelle Ziolkowski
Senior Vice President
Enterprise Payments Strategy
Wells Fargo 

1:35 PM - 2:15 PM ET

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Ambassador Room

OWN YOUR CAREER JOURNEY

Want to make a career change and don’t know how? Come listen to a panel of thought leaders who have made radical career changes such as owning a small business, becoming the Head of Core Product Management to taking a dive into the start-up world. Walk away from this session with practical skills that you can use to navigate the next steps in your own career journey.

Moderator
Marie Mui
National Sales Leader
Merchant Services Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo

Dr. Chris Bray
CEO/Founder
Adaption Institute 

Amy Lynn Johnson
Chief Experience Officer
Identifiee

Lolita Wang
Head of Core Product Management & Cash Management
Bank of the West 

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM ET

Ballroom Foyer

NETWORKING BREAK

 

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

UNICORN CHALLENGE

Judge
Aurora Hagan
CEO of PGT
(subsidary of PNC)

Judge
Elena Whisler
SVP, Sales & Relationship Management
The Clearing House

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

PAYMENTS AROUND THE WORLD

The world of payments is indeed global. We can pay by QR codes in China, by text in Turkey, by tap in Europe and ‘pay by smile’ could be coming to vendors in the Metaverse. Cross border payments continue to evolve, with increased speed and transparency enhancing the customer experience for all. This panel will explore payments in different global markets, and share their insights as to what we can expect to see in the coming year.

Moderator
May Park
VP Sales & Business Development - US
RFI Global

Kalyani Bhatia
Global Head of Payments & PMI Go To Market Business Development
SWIFT

Debopama Sen
Managing Director and Co-Head - Global Payments & Receivables
Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi 

Margaret Weichert
North America Payments Lead / Managing Director
Accenture

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Dr. Chris Bray
CEO/Founder
Adaption Institute 

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

Grand Ballroom

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM ET

Ballroom Foyer

NETWORKING COCKTAIL

 

6:30 PM - 6:35 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Nell Campbell-Drake
Vice President, Federal Reserve Financial Services
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Nicole S Tackett
Head of CPTS Strategy & Commercial Card Solutions | DEI Champion, U.S. Bank

8:10 PM - 9 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS KEYNOTE

 

9:00 PM - 9:15 PM ET

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments 

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

EXECUTIVE PANEL

Payments are hot!  Payments have been called sexy! This panel of industry dynamos has their finger on the pulse of payments, as the industry accelerates its shift to digital, and collaboration across FIs, fintechs, and technology providers continues to increase. Join them as they explore the exciting world of payments, and share their secrets to career success in this exciting industry.

Moderator Carolyn Homberger
President of Americas
Featurespace 


Patty Juarez
Executive Vice President & Head of Diverse Segments
Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo  

Deborah Murphy
SVP, Sales Transformation Leader, Business Banking Segment
U.S. Bank


Lori Schwartz
Global Head of Liquidity Solutions
Account Services & Escrow
J.P. Morgan Payments


Colleen Taylor
President
Merchant Services - US
American Express

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

METAVERSE GAME SHOW

The Metaverse is at a crossroads where technology,  imagination, entertainment and digital economy come together in an interactive and immersive environment. As fintech and payment innovation experts partner to create real-time customer journeys in the Metaverse, we are all now students learning about a parallel universe, VR, AR, avatars, holograms and new experiences and activities we can have without ever leaving home. The Metaverse Game Show is an interactive and entertaining opportunity to test our knowledge and help us learn about the Metaverse! 

Following a format similar to the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, three players will be scheduled in advance and each will be invited to pick an audience member to join their team. Teams will compete by answering questions of increasing difficulty. The team with the most correct answers will each win an exciting prize!

Presenter

Linh Young
Head of Digital Assets Intelligence
Western Union

Carmen Cutajar
Partner
IBM Consulting

Nicola Grant
Senior Vice President of Consumer & Brand Marketing, Mastercard

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

UNICORN CHALLENGE

Judge
Aurora Hagan
CEO of PGT
(subsidary of PNC)

Judge
Elena Whisler
SVP, Sales & Relationship Management
The Clearing House

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

PAYMENTS AROUND THE WORLD

The world of payments is indeed global. We can pay by QR codes in China, by text in Turkey, by tap in Europe and ‘pay by smile’ could be coming to vendors in the Metaverse. Cross border payments continue to evolve, with increased speed and transparency enhancing the customer experience for all. This panel will explore payments in different global markets, and share their insights as to what we can expect to see in the coming year.

Moderator
May Park
VP Sales & Business Development - US
RFI Global


Kalyani Bhatia
Global Head of Payments & PMI Go To Market Business Development
SWIFT

Debopama Sen
Managing Director and Co-Head - Global Payments & Receivables
Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi 

Margaret 
Weichert

North America Payments Lead / Managing Director
Accenture

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Dr. Chris Bray
CEO/Founder
Adaption Institute 

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM ET

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

27 Mar 2023 @ 6:00pm EDT
28 Mar 2023 @ 7:00pm EDT

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