Announcing Nominees for the 2022 USA Awards

Jan 14, 2021 | Uncategorized

January 14, 2021 (Toronto, Ontario): Women in Payments is pleased to announce our shortlisted nominees for the 2022 USA Awards championing the achievements of women who are making waves across the global payments industry.

Our illustrious USA Awards Committee comprising seasoned women talents from across the payments industry reviewed all nominations and shortlisted 20 nominees in seven categories. The winners of each category will be announced at the USA Symposium, which runs from February 7-8, 2022.

“We would like to thank Ernst & Young LLP for sponsoring the 2022 USA Awards program,” says Kristy Duncan, Founder and CEO of Women in Payments. “We received a number of quality nominations from across the industry and extend our congratulations.”

“Celebrating the progress and contributions made by this talented and distinguished group of nominees cannot be overstated,” says Jennifer Lucas, EY Americas Payments Consulting Leader. “Although 2021 proved challenging to the financial services industry and beyond, the remarkable qualities these exceptional women share can be defined by the innovation, experience, and resilience they displayed throughout the payments ecosystem in the face of unprecedented business disruption. As a recognized innovator in diversity, equity, and inclusion, EY is proud to congratulate the ground-breaking women that are this year’s nominees for the Women in Payments 2022 USA Awards.”

Shortlisted nominees for the 2022 USA awards are:

Advocate for Women:

The Women in Payments Award for Female Advocacy will be awarded to a person in the industry who 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. The recipient helps support the development of women and encourages women to increase their levels of participation and engagement.

  1. Greg Kavanaugh — Bank of America
  2. Mary Ann Reilly — Visa
  3. Meredith Spatz — Mastercard


The Women in Payments Award for Innovation will be awarded to a woman, woman-led team or initiative in the industry who has promoted innovation through creativity, vision, and perseverance in her organization and/or the industry. The recipient has creatively used 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.

  1. Tammy Camp — Stronghold
  2. Sherri Haymond — Mastercard
  3. Tammy Petro — J.P. Morgan

Change Agent:

The Women in Payments Change Agent Award will be awarded to a woman who has led initiatives to drive change and transformation in her organization or industry, resulting in significant improvement to a new level.

  1. Jeanette Blanco — Nancha
  2. Robin Growley — Bank of America
  3. Melissa Tuozzolo — Citi

Community Impact:

The Women in Payments Community Impact Award will be awarded to a woman who has shown courage in the face of adversity to drive change and support others in her organization or industry. She consistently seizes opportunities to steer co-workers and/or the wider industry to a place of positivity, empathy and mutual support.

  1. Cheryl Guerin — Mastercard
  2. Salah Goss — Mastercard
  3. Tya Young — Bank of America

Rising Star:

The Women in Payments Rising Star Award will be awarded to a woman who 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.

  1. Victoria Din — Mastercard
  2. Catherine Gu — Visa
  3. Lucia Li — J.P. Morgan


The Women in Payments Sustainability Award will be awarded to a person who is a strong leader and advocate for sustainability, social justice and mental health in her field. The recipient has a clear and strong idea of what she sees as a sustainable future for her organization, her team and/or the industry.

  1. Luciana De Medeiros — Bank of America
  2. Sue Kelsey — Mastercard

Distinguished Payments Professional:

The Women in Payments Distinguished Payments Professional Award will be awarded to a woman in the industry who has influenced trends, acts as a role model, and successfully reached and exceeded goals. She acts as an ambassador to promote a positive image of her organization, industry initiative and the industry as a whole.

  1. Carrie Blankenship — Fiserv
  2. Rachel Hansen — U.S Bank/Elavon
  3. Gonca Latif-Schmitt — Citi

Join Women in Payments at the 2022 USA Symposium, bringing together women leaders, innovators, experts, and rising stars to inspire, guide and lead the change for women. Register at:


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