Theresa Gongora, TSYS Merchant Solutions: The Most Influential Women in Payments 2019
“Gongora, one of PaymentsSource's Most Influential Women in Payments for 2019, is executing on her own strategic vision.
Gongora believes women are a vital positive force in the payments industry, and she has been active for years with Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet), where she recently served as president and has mentored many up-and-coming female payments executives.
‘When I get feedback from just one woman who has gone through the mentorship program and I hear how it has changed their life, it makes it all worth it,’ she said.
Women in the workforce are also important—not only because they’re the “chief purchasing officers” in most of America’s households, but because they wield a significant amount of influence now as investors, according to Gongora.
But she’s concerned about some data suggesting only 15 percent of executive-level positions in fintech are held by women. She says the dearth of women in leadership positions contributes to a broader gender gap in technology roles.
‘The female voice remains one of the most untapped business resources,’ Gongora said, adding that too many middle-management women are leaving the workforce because of family responsibilities, which is costing companies valuable talent.
‘If I were running a company, a key tenet of my talent strategy would be a career re-entry program for women who have been out of the workforce for a while," she said. "I’d provide them with the support and confidence they need to enable them to successfully transition back to the working world, with flexible schedules, skills training and a mentoring program to address their specific professional development needs.”
Source: Payment Source