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Finalists Announced for the 2014 Women Driving Payments Innovation Award

The Innovation Project, a PYMNTS.com production, is pleased to announce finalists in the Women Driving Payments Innovation Award. This award, new in 2014 and done jointly with W.net, Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions, is designed to honor female leaders in the fields of payments and commerce innovation. W.net is the premier professional organization for women in payments, providing world-class national and regional programming, networking and promotes mentoring in an effort to help its members achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity.

The five finalists for the W.net awards are:

  • Diane Offereins | President-Payment Services | Discover Financial Services
  • Diane Scott | Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Product Officer | Western Union
  • Melissa D. Smith | President and Chief Executive Officer | WEX, Inc.
  • Lisa Stanton | President, Americas | Monitise
  • Melissa Stevens | Head of Internet and Mobile Banking | Citibank

“It is so appropriate that we celebrate these amazing women in payments during National Women’s History Month,” said Lisa Shipley, W.net President and EVP & Managing Director, Payment Network Solutions, Transaction Network Services. “These women are making history in this industry and are role models for women across the country. Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (W.net) applauds their efforts and commends their accomplishments.”

The winner will be announced during a live ceremony on March 20th following the conclusion of The Innovation Project 2014, a two-day program hosted by PYMNTS.com that convenes the most elite innovators and executives to discuss the issues that impact every single player across every single facet of the rapidly changing payments and commerce ecosystem.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with W.net and to do something really special to shine a bright light on the impact and achievements of women in payments,” says Karen Webster, CEO of Market Platform Dynamics and President of PYMNTS.com. “And, what an amazing group of women we have to celebrate this year. Each of them has done so much to transform payments and drive innovation forward in really meaningful ways.”

Judges this year included Janet Estep, NACHA; David Evans, Global Economics Group; Matt Harris, Bain Capital Ventures; Karl Mehta, Menlo Ventures; Hans Morris, General Atlantic; Paul Purcell, Continental Advisors; Dan Rosen, Commerce Ventures; Karen Webster, Market Platform Dynamics & PYMNTS.com and Matt Witheiler, Flybridge Capital Partners.

The Innovation Project 2014 will be held on March 19-20 at Annenberg Hall on the campus of Harvard University* This year’s theme: Rethink. Reset. Reinvent will address a variety of topics including the reinvention of retail, commerce, the consumer experience, security, digital cash and global commerce.

To request an invitation to participate as a delegate please visit theinnovationproject2014.com.

About W.net

The Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (W.net) 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, W.net is a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization serving more than 800 women in payments annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit www.wnetonline.org.

About The Innovation Project

Over 2 days, 60+ speakers and 600 senior members of the payments industry will change the way that the payments and its broader commerce ecosystem thinks, talks, delivers and ignites innovation. On March 19th & 20th the greatest minds in commerce and payments will assemble at Annenberg Hall in Memorial Hall on the Campus of Harvard University* near Boston to kick the conversation about innovation up to an entirely different level at The Innovation Project. Speakers and delegates are among the most senior executives from literally every established payments company worldwide.

About PYMNTS.com

PYMNTS.com is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of commerce and make news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments industry by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives read it daily for these insights, making the PYMNTS.com audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. It’s where the best minds and best content meet on the web.

*Please note that The Innovation Project and PYMNTS.com are not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is the Innovation Project 2014 a Harvard University program or activity.

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