Championing women in the payments industry.

A rising tide lifts all boats. We celebrate women making waves in the global payments ecosystem. Our awards program honours the achievements of women who have distinguished themselves as leaders, innovators, rising stars, and consummate professionals.

Our US Awards Committee is comprised of senior women leaders from across the payments industry. This talented Committee will review all nominations and choose recipients to be awarded at our 2022 US Symposium in February 2022.

The Women in Payments 2022 USA Symposium Award Nominations are now closed. 

AWARD CATEGORIES

INNOVATION

The Women in Payments Award for Innovation will be awarded to a woman, or a woman-led team or initiative, in the industry who best meets the following criteria: 
 

CRITERIA

  • Has promoted payments innovation through creativity, vision, and perseverance in her organization or the payments industry.  Has been instrumental in promoting innovations or creative process re-engineering which are original, have significant impact, can be easily and effectively adopted, have results that are measurable, can be applied elsewhere, and support and inspire others in the organization or industry to innovate.   
  • Creative use of new knowledge and/or technology to develop ideas aimed at addressing ongoing challenges, enhancing customer experience, and creating innovative systems, technology, products, programs, and/or policies to solution such challenges.  
  • Has created a solution that reduces time, resources, risks, and/or costs associated with delivering a service, system or product. Has successfully implemented such solutions resulting in a positive impact to the product or customer experience beyond the nominee's own team or department.  
  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others.  Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry.  Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry. 
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions. 
     

 

CHANGE AGENT

The Women in Payments Change Agent Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who best meets the following criteria: 
   

CRITERIA

  • Has led initiatives to drive change and transformation in her organization or industry, resulting in significant improvement to a new level.  Has been an active agent of change, demonstrating leadership, vision, flexibility, and perseverance in her organization and/or industry.  
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions. 
  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and skill in leading teams.  Actively works to empower others to be positive team players and further change agents.  Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry.  Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry.    
  • Has shown steadfastness in navigating projects, leading teams and/or accomplishing goals despite difficulty or roadblocks to achieving success.  
  • Is consistently pro-active in seizing opportunities and steers her co-workers with positivity, empathy and grit. Acts strategically, communicates effectively and always holds accountability. Exudes a strong desire for growth and has a vision for the future.  
     

RISING STAR

The Women in Payments Rising Star Award will be awarded to a woman under the age of 35 (as of January 1, 2021), who is currently employed in the USA and who best meets the following criteria:  
   

CRITERIA

  • Is always willing to go that extra mile to achieve excellence for herself, her organization and/or the industry. She supports and inspires others through promoting innovation and advancement. She is results-oriented, always seeking new ideas with the ability to translate them into action for her organization and customers.  
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions.   
  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others.  Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry.  Actively supports others to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry.  
  • Exhibits behaviors that reflect her company’s culture and values in an exemplary manner. Shows a strong capacity to grow and succeed throughout her career.  
  • Consistently outperforms her peers in a variety of settings and circumstances. Performs with distinction and delivers strong results by building trust and confidence among her colleagues.  
     

ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN

The Women in Payments Award for female Advocacy will be awarded to either a man or a woman in the payments & fintech industry who best meets the following criteria:    
   

CRITERIA

  • Actively contributes to the advancement and development of women either inside or outside his/her own organization and publicly celebrates the work and accomplishments of female leaders. Leads by example—promoting and broadcasting the need for continuous support and advocacy for female leadership. Is a strong role model for female empowerment, encouraging the hiring/promotion of strong female talent with diversity in mind.  
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions. 
  • Is widely recognized for his/her expertise and actively works to empower others.  Leads by example and motivates members of his/her team, organization, or industry.  Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry.  
  • Promotes education, career development, and mentorship opportunities, both formal and informal, for women in his/her organization.  
  • Helps support the development of women and encourages women to increase their levels of participation and engagement. Is an advocate for gender equality, including equal pay and equal opportunities for career growth and provides a positive forum for women to network and find mentors within their industry.  
     

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

The Women in Payments Sustainability Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who best meets the following criteria: 
   

CRITERIA

  • Is a strong leader and advocate for sustainability, social justice, and mental health in her field within the payments industry. Is the go-to resource for her knowledge and specific expertise, within her organization or in the industry as a whole.  Is committed to practicing and promoting sustainability principles within her realm of influence and beyond.
  • Has a clear and strong idea of what she sees for a sustainable future for her organization, her team, and/or the payments industry. Believes in the mental health of her colleagues and stakeholders, and actively shares knowledge to promote sustainability and social justice.
  • Has taken leadership action with initiatives that supported her community, both professional and personal, in a sustainable way.  Strong commitment to sustainable practices and positive mental health of her team, her organization, and those around her. Shares insights to sustainable practices for her organization, furthering the industry as a whole. 
  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others.  Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry.  Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry.
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions.
     

DISTINGUISHED PAYMENTS PROFESSIONAL

The Women in Payments Distinguished Professional Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who best meets the following criteria:     
   

CRITERIA

  • Has influenced industry trends, acts as a role model and successfully reached and exceeded goals—taking her team, organization and/or industry to the next level.  
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions. 
  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and actively works to empower others.  Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry.  Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry.  
  • Is known for her personal and professional authenticity and building her career on strong set of values. Has built strong and positive relationships with co-workers and industry stakeholders. Is seen as a role model within her organization and throughout the industry.  
  • Acts as a payments ambassador to promote a positive image of her organization, industry initiative, and the payments industry as a whole.  Actively contributes to the collective success of the payments industry as a whole.  
     

COMMUNITY IMPACT 

The Women in Payments Community Impact Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who best meets the following criteria: 

CRITERIA

  • Has shown courage in the face of adversity to drive change and support others in her organization or industry.  Demonstrates leadership, vision, and resilience to bring about positive change in the community within her organization and/or industry.  
  • Has high integrity and sets high professional standards for ethics and quality of work.  Has contributed to a positive and supportive learning environment by encouraging diversity of people and opinions to support the greater community. 
  • Is widely recognized for her expertise and skill in leading teams.  Actively works to empower others to be positive team players and further change agents.  Leads by example and motivates members of her team, organization, or industry.  Acts as a mentor, advisor, and teacher, to make a positive impact on members of her organization or the payments industry.    
  • Has shown steadfastness in navigating projects, leading teams and/or accomplishing goals despite difficulty or changing circumstances.  Actively works to build resilience of the team, organization, or industry to support each other in times of uncertainty and great change.  
  • Consistently seizes opportunities to steer co-workers and/or the wider industry to a place of positivity, empathy and mutual support. Leads with spirit to drive toward a positive outcome for all. Is able to pivot as circumstances change to maintain a positive direction.  
     

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