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Atlanta Chapter LinkUp: Networking to Enhance Your Net Worth
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Atlanta Chapter LinkUp: Networking to Enhance Your Net Worth

When: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
6:00-8:00pm ET
Where: Global Payments
10 Glenlake Pkwy, NE
North Tower
Atlanta, Georgia  30328
United States

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Networking isn’t just something you do when you are seeking a new job opportunity. Networking doesn’t always feel safe when you have a job and are looking for a job. Networking isn’t natural to many people. Networking isn’t always about fulfilling self-serving goals. Networking isn’t always about the career. Retired people don’t quit networking. It’s never too late to start networking to increase the value of your expanding circle and what you can bring to it. 

Please join moderator Dana Adams Sills Bowles and the Wnet Atlanta Chapter for a live networking event and panel discussion as we discuss how effective networking can help you achieve your personal and professional goals at any phase of your career through an interactive session with industry leaders Stephanie Foster, Velera Wilson and Polly Van Duser. Whether you are a networking pro with insights to share and people to help or are just getting started and find networking as uncomfortable as public speaking, singing karaoke, or performing math equations on a white board in front of an audience, this session is just what the “networking doctor” ordered. Let us help you increase your net worth, however you personally define it, through your very own network that you create and cultivate.  


This session will address:

  • Pro tips at every stage of your career
  • Networking under imperfect conditions
  • How your network really does impact your net worth
  • How to get started and add networking to your comfort zone, even if you are not a self-described “people person”
  • The unintended benefits of going out on that limb and really putting yourself out there
  • Delivering people and opportunities to expand your network
  • Answering any other questions you have


Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of our sponsor, Global Payments



Dr. Maureen Schumacher, Marketing Executive, Global Payments 

Maureen is known for her expertise in growth and transformational strategies. Her skills were instrumental in the growth and restructuring at GE Capital, Google and the New York Stock Exchange. Most recently, Maureen joined Global Payments as an active member of the leadership team driving the transformation of Global Payments from a traditional payments company to a leading provider of technology solutions. 

As a leading B2B marketer, Maureen has expertise in rebranding, both Global Payments and NYSE, as well as extensive digital and martech skills with a focus on tangible return on marketing investment.

Maureen is on the Board of Directors at Schnabel Engineering, a for-profit engineering firm. She is dedicated to the education of children as an Advisory Board Member for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and as a professor at Georgia State University.

Maureen is a Pennsylvania State University graduate; she holds a BA, MBA, and studied management and economics in Lima, Peru. Most recently she earned a Doctorate of Business from Georgia State University. 




Stephanie Foster, Senior Product Strategist & Go-To-Market Leader in Fin-Tech, Fiserv

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Stephanie Foster launched a stellar career in financial technology nearly two decades ago at Western Union (WU), where she started as an operations intern and worked her way up to the role of Senior Regional Manager.  With intense focus and discipline, Stephanie led global cross-functional teams and managed more than $50 million in revenue and over 1,000 agent locations in 13 territories. 

In her current role as a product manager at Fiserv, Stephanie devotes her attention to a core product team of more than 20 people that she built to implement a metric-based go-to-market strategy for a new Software as a Service (SaaS) product designed for the top 100 commercial banks and corporations.

A relationship-driven strategist, Stephanie was named one of the Electronic Transaction Association’s (ETA) Forty Under 40 for 2019, an annual award that celebrates gamechangers in the payments technology industry.  In 2018, she was selected from a list of 500 international nominees to participate in Money 20/20’s inaugural Rise Up program, an exclusive cohort of 35 women leaders in the financial services ecosystem.

As part of her commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion in her industry, Stephanie helped found Women in Wireless with the mission to connect, inspire, and empower the next generation of female thought leaders in tech.  She also serves as a member of the Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions’ (Wnet) Advisory Board.   


Velera Wilson, Director of Marketing, First Data

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Velera Wilson is a Director of Marketing at First Data where she focuses on driving incremental revenue through cross-sell and retention campaigns.  In her initial role with the company, Velera led the marketing strategy to launch the new Clover Station, First Data’s flagship point-of-sale across partner channels.

A passionate marketing professional for almost two decades, Velera specializes in driving awareness and demand for technology solutions using an integrated marketing approach.  Her experience spans global corporations across industries – at AT&T she developed and executed marketing strategies for mobile applications targeting large enterprises.  Her tenue also included multiple rotations across the U.S. leading high-performing teams in various business units.

At Verifone, she was responsible for marketing mobile point of sale solutions globally in partnership with regional teams and generated content to support local sales and marketing efforts.

Delivering quantifiable results is what Velera enjoys most – her mantra is “effort is good – but results are recognized.”  When she's not working, Velera loves to travel and spend time with her husband, Marcus, family, and friends.  


Polly Van Duser, Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Bank of America Merchant Services 

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Polly Van Duser, Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Bank of America Merchant Services has over 20 years of recruiting and recruiting leadership experience and has spent the last 11 years in the payments industry.  Her passion is shaping the future by helping the organization bring in strong talent.  Polly has been with Bank of American Merchant Services going on 4 years and was with Heartland Payment Systems and WorldPay prior.  Polly co-leads the Women’s Leadership network at Bank of America Merchant Services and was recently appointed to the Wnet Board of Directors.  Polly lives in Atlanta.  



Dana Adams Sills Bowles, Senior Vice President, National Benefit Programs

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Dana is a serial networker and connector of people. This is how she accidentally fell into the payments industry fresh out of college. The serendipity has continued ever since. Dana is pleased to have helped PMT Services, Inc. grow organically to go public during her tenure. As the 5th hire in the credit division in a company of approximately 55 employees, she helped Lynk (RBS Lynk/RBS WorldPay, WorldPay) over 16 years expand from a private company through two acquisitions. While there, she earned Lynk’s first Employee of the Year Award for greatest fiscal contribution among approximately 500 employees with the national release of sales management software. She released National Benefit Programs while at Cynergy, now Priority. Note this connection resulted in her current employment. She developed training, product management and business development while at MainStream, handing opportunity after opportunity off to talented team members that she networked into the organization. Dana is actively sharing the value of National Benefit Programs with acquirers to help them rapidly enhance the value they deliver their portfolio while increasing their earnings per share.

She also chairs the Atlanta Wnet Chapter and welcomes any opportunity to meet and help our growing team of current and future industry leaders.  



6:00 - 6:30 pm: Registration, memberships accepted, networking

6:30 - 7:30 pm: Panel discussion with interactive Q&A. Audience participation welcome!

7:30 - 8:00 pm: Networking and memberships accepted


Free to attend

Men are always welcome to attend and participate