A payments-industry pioneer reflects on combating gender bias
When asked to discuss the corporate gender gap, Linda Perry paused, just long enough to be noticeable in 30-minute phone conversation. She took that moment to ponder how pervasive predatory behavior remains inside the workplace — and how to address it as both an issue of culture and as a business challenge.
"Nobody in the business would say 'we don't care' about security of payments data. It's an impossible thing to deny as important. It's one of the same things that you say when you think about people working in a safe environment," said Perry, a founder of the Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet). Perry has worked in the payments industry for more than three decades, including 17 years as a Visa executive.
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