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'Rise Up' to Launch at Money20/20 USA

July 18, 2018

'Rise Up' to Launch at Money20/20 USA

Money20/20 is pleased to launch Rise Up - a new program designed to foster gender inclusivity within the financial services and fintech industries, taking place at Money20/20 USA. Rise Up is a brand new, annual program focused on empowering the next generation of female leaders through actionable skills, tools, and learnings in order to take their careers to the next level.

30 women will be hand-chosen to take part, complete with a series of bespoke content sessions and exclusive networking opportunities. Throughout the four days of Money20/20 USA, these participants will take advantage of one-to-one mentoring with the most respected industry leaders and private sessions with keynote speakers. 

"As the home of the Money Revolution, Money20/20 will unite every sector of our diverse ecosystem to create a simpler, fairer and faster financial system for both individuals and businesses – a task only achieved with the power of inclusivity on our side," said Tracey Davies, Money20/20 President. "Not only will Rise Up bring these women the tools to empower them to grow, but will also serve as a platform to inspire others to create actionable plans for inclusion and empowerment within our industry."

For this program, we’re pleased to partner with Wnet (Women's Network in Electronic Transactions), the premier professional organization for women in payments. To ensure the program meets the needs of women across all sectors of the ecosystem we've enlisted the guidance of an advisory group of senior female leaders. The Advisory Board includes Wnet's Lisl Dutterer, IRC Advisory's Kirsten Trusko, Ant Financial's Carol Grunberg, PayPal's Louise Pentland, TSYS' Theresa Gongora, Kabbage's Kathryn Petralia and Accenture's Paula O'Reilly. This group will help select the 2018 participants, as well as offer mentorship and insights throughout the program. 

"The Rise Up program comes at a perfect time and in many ways embodies the true potential of fintech: to create an even playing field where every person and every business has the same opportunities," said Louise Pentland, EVP, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal. "I'm honored to lend my voice to this program and join other extraordinary women on the advisory board."

The program is dedicated to supporting women onto the next phase of their career, whether it be increased seniority or hitting a goal. Participants will be selected from across the financial ecosystem, in an effort to highlight our core purpose of bringing the industry together to create the future of money. We believe that inclusivity is a strategic imperative that will drive both businesses and the broader financial industry forward. Research from McKinsey & Co. found that firms in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability than those in the bottom quartile, demonstrating the strong and lasting impact of an inclusive environment.

 

We encourage all women from every sector of the Financial Services ecosystem to apply to take part of our first-ever Rise Up program. We are excited to see the strides this group will make over the course of Money20/20 USA, and eager to see how this program and its participants will be catalysts of change for our industry.

We encourage all women from every sector of the Financial Services ecosystem to apply to take part of our first-ever Rise Up program. We are excited to see the strides this group will make over the course of Money20/20 USA, and eager to see how this program and its participants will be catalysts of change for our industry.