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Atlanta Chapter LinkUp: Courageous Conversations About Race: Creating Equitable Work Environments
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Atlanta Chapter LinkUp: Courageous Conversations About Race: Creating Equitable Work Environments

Join us on September 24th!

 Export to Your Calendar 9/24/2020
When: Thursday, September 24, 2020
12:00-1:30 pm ET
Where: Zoom
+1 646 558 8656 US & Meeting ID:996 0024 6211
United States
Presenter: Dana Sills
Contact: Dana Adams Sills
(678) 294-0909

Online registration is available until: 9/24/2020
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Following the wildly popular Wnet Courageous Conversations webinar, we’re digging further into this topic, this time with women and a male ally as they share their perspectives on race, discrimination, and how to create environments that allow all women to thrive.

Join this panel to learn real, actionable skills you can apply in your own life including:

  • Why your voice is needed to create equitable work environments
  • Gaining the courage to discuss race, inequities, and its impact with those around you
  • How to recognize and respond to micro aggressions and discrimination
  • Approaching conversations with open-mindedness so goals are achieved

And much, much more. 



Velera Wilson

Velera Wilson has spent over fifteen years leading marketing strategy and driving revenue for Fortune 500 brands including Fiserv, Verifone and AT&T. Recognized as a female leader in her industry, in 2018 Velera was selected to join Money 20/20’s Rise Up global accelerator program for women and served as the program’s 2019 U.S. Ambassador. A big believer in paying it forward, she’s served as a mentor to women through the American Marketing Association, National Black MBA Association, and others across the country. She resides in Atlanta with her husband.






Crystal McCorkle

Crystal is a Client Services Specialist for the Healthcare line of business at legacy TSYS, a Global Payments Company. She specializes in complex issue resolution and relationship management, while advocating for the client and striving to meet the needs of both parties. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fort Valley State University and has over 12 years of experience.

Crystal has been a member of Wnet since 2018 and serves as a member of the Atlanta Chapter, a Wnet Corporate Champion, and has served on the Silent Auction Sub Committee for the Leadership Conference. She is also heavily engaged in the community, serving as the United Way Committee Chair and Cabinet member for legacy TSYS as well as many other volunteer roles.




Jean Hodges

Jean is a B2B marketing leader who has mastered the art and science of marketing, specializing in SaaS solutions in the healthcare and payments industries. With 15 years of experience, she champions the concept of taking a company, step by step, from product launch to becoming a powerful competitor and market thought leader.

From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Jean has held roles in product marketing, growth marketing, sales enablement, account management and customer care.  In her previous role at Verifone, she was product marketing and sales enablement manager for the Americas.  Former companies include McKesson, MedAssets, Vendormate and Surgical Information Systems.  Additionally, she developed HMA, a company, specializing in growth marketing projects.  Jean graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and earned a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Louisville.





Lucia Gallardo

Lucía Gallardo is a Honduran serial entrepreneur that bridges technology with justice and inclusion movements. She is the Founder of Emerge, a socio-technology solutions development lab offering Impact-as-a-Service for companies and governments looking to address pressing industry and global problems. She also co-founded Tabik, a community for nascent entrepreneurs in Latin America, and Dona un Libro, an educational foundation taking on taboo issues such as undocumented immigration across Central America. She joined the advisory boards of Yunity and Penta to spearhead their Impact Technology strategies. Lucía also co-chairs the International Expansion Council at Women Entrepreneurs Global, a startup innovation studio for female founders. She has also accepted to head up WE Global's Exponential Technologies division. In her spare time, Lucía sits on a few advisory boards for an array of meaningful issues to her such as Rainforest Partnership, the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance, and some early stage ventures founded by persons of color and/or women.


Tannon McCaleb

Founder, Managing Partner and Executive Recruiter 

30-year payments industry veteran starting in 1990 at Discover Card with a stop at GE Capital, 5+ years with First Data, and a couple smaller companies in the merchant acquiring industry. Tannon brings more than 15 years' experience recruiting top talent in the payments industry, filling just about every position for some of the most recognizable names in payments and fintech. It's Tannon's core belief that successful recruiting can only be conducted by practitioners that fully understand the industry and the unique challenges facing each role. There's no substitute for experience. Tannon and his team at Fintech Executive Search Consultants joined Wnet last year as Advocates and Corporate Sponsors in support of the growing ranks of women in executive leadership positions in payments. Tannon currently co-chairs the Tampa Bay Wnet Chapter with Donna Gem, FIS. 


Dana Sills

Moderator & Chair of the Wnet Atlanta Chapter

Director, Partner Relations, VyaPay  

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 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 how easy it is and how valuable it is for ISVs, Acquirers and other entities to become a Payment Facilitator at VyaPay.  She also chairs the Atlanta Wnet Chapter and welcomes any opportunity to meet and help our growing team of current and future industry leaders.  


Agenda/Schedule:  All Times EDT

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Courageous Conversations

1:00 p.m. -  1:30 p.m. Group Discussion

Price: Priceless (Free)


We’re listening.  Feel free to send us any topics you would like to discuss during our time together.