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2016 Women in payments®
rising star award recipient
Melissa
Santora
Product Strategist, Card Services, Fiserv
The Women in Payments® Rising Star Award pays tribute to talented women payments professionals, 40 years of age or younger, who have demonstrated leadership, professional excellence, and a commitment to motivating others to make a positive impact in the payments industry.

Melissa Santora of Fiserv is a consummate professional in the rapidly-evolving mobile payments market. She is never satisfied to accept the status quo and is continually asking "why?" and "why not?" She looks outside the box for answers and solutions to issues with a view to developing new products. Melissa is helping financial institutions and credit unions leverage new developments, such as tokenization, in the marketplace by proactively encouraging them to dust off their mobile payments strategies and become top of any wallet. Her expertise has seen her nominated to participate as a member of the Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup (MPIW).

Melissa has also been interviewed and quoted by several industry publications on the subject of tokenization, including most recently the March 2016 issue of Digital Transactions. Mike Hamlin, Product, said, “Melissa has played a key role in the deployment of support for Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay for Fiserv. She has helped to drive the development of our overall mobile payments strategy and is viewed by many as the voice of mobile payments to our client base.”

The Awards Committee is proud to honor Melissa as one of the Women in Payments® USA 2016 Rising Stars.

Other 2016 Award Winners
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Debra Rossi
CEO
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Hui Wang
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Hilani Kerr
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Jackie Burden
Vice President, Client Relations Executive Center of Client Excellence Global Retail Payments
FIS
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Scarlett Sieber
SVP of Global Business Development
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