Women Networking in Electronic Transactions (W.net), an organization founded to inspire and empower women in the payments industry, appointed Amy Brown as its new top executive to lead W.net's business and growth strategies.
"We've got such momentum carrying forward from the last three years, and this board of directors is hard at work putting together a dynamic strategic plan to expand our initiatives," Brown said. "Those initiatives are still empowering women in the payments industry through networking, professional development and mentoring. They are and will remain our main thrusts."
The group's focus for 2009 is on expanding its Local Interest Networking Circles (LINCs) and Gateway to Success Mentoring Program. LINCs were created to bring women together to share experiences and ideas. LINCs have been held in Phoenix, Atlanta and Chicago; in late 2008, W.net also held a LINC in Toronto.
"It was great," Brown said. "Our LINC leader in Toronto is Joan Mitchell from Moneris. She held an exciting event that was well-attended, and we're planning another one for later this summer."
Brown said LINCs will return to Chicago and Phoenix in 2009. Additionally, W.net is hoping to expand into New York and Denver.
"We'll also have our Super LINC at ETA on April 21st at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas," Brown said.
"And Cy Wakeman, who was at our Designer BootCamp in October, is coming back to deliver a wonderful presentation on reality-based leadership called Outwit, Outsmart and Outshine, which focuses on new leadership during these trying times."
The Gateway to Success Mentoring Program is designed to match women new to payments with industry veterans who can support and guide them through their careers' early stages. Brown reported that W.net made a dozen mentoring matches in 2008. The organization plans to add at least 20 more this year and intends to increase that to 100 by 2012.
"We're putting in processes to operationalize that, make it more streamlined, and just make it easier for folks to connect," Brown said. "We are homing in on meeting the needs of our core constituency and empower those women to achieve their full career potential."
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