The Future of Payments: Emerging Technology and the Growing Demand for Talent

The Future of Payments

April 12, 2023
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM - Main Programming in Prillaman Hall 1105
3:00 PM – 5:00 pm - Career Fair in Prillaman Hall 1001

As demand for highly trained digital payment professionals surges, Kennesaw State University has become a crucial piece of the talent pipeline. Through innovative coursework addressing the latest trends, expert faculty with knowledge of theory and practice, and corporate partners who collaborate with faculty and students to develop real-world applications, Kennesaw State University is becoming a leading name in Digital Payments.

Qualifies for 30 CPE Credits

The Future of Payments: Emerging Technology and the Growing Demand for Talent brings together students, faculty, and fintech industry insiders together to share the latest developments in the ever-changing fintech industry and to explore the wealth of career opportunities spanning a wide variety of disciplines from information systems, finance, and accounting to compliance and marketing.

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  • Time
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    Registration, Check In, & Continental Breakfast
  • 9.30 AM – 10.15 AM

    KEYNOTE Panel: Payments Industry in Georgia

    Humayun Zafar, Fintech Program Director and Professor of Information Security and Assurance, KSU
    Grant Wainscott, Vice President, Ecosystem Expansion
    Tom BellPresident, Synovus Payments
    Dobbin PrezzanoChief Communications Officer, ATPC
    Ali Raza, Director, Protiviti

  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

    Panel 1: Disruption and Innovation in Digital Payments

    Laine Donlan, SVP, Enterprise Payments, Truist
    Robert Daniel, FinTech Catalyst, ATDC
    Daniel Cage, CEO, Speedchain
    Gary Westmoreland, Senior Leader of Enterprise Payments, Truist
    Michael Reed, President of Payments, Deluxe

  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

    Panel 2: KSU Sandbox project (US Bank / Elevon)

    Solomon Negash, Professor of Information Systems, KSU
    Student groups

  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Panel 3: Career Opportunities in FinTech

    Laura Gibson, Director, Georgia FinTech Academy
    Nayelli Cruz Freyre, Head of HR, Ingenico
    Briana Hargrove, Early Careers Sourcing and Recruitment, VISA
    Kerri Sauer, Managing Director, SIA Partners
    Qazi Haq, Strategy and Transactions Consultant, EY-Parthenon
    Cameron VandeWiele, Capital Markets Analyst, Momnt

  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Fireside Chat: DEIB in the Payments Industry

    Dr. Laveda Pullens, Program Director, Georgia FinTech Academy
    Glenda Barnett, AVP, Director of Community Impact

  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Panel 4: Global Digital Payments: Emerging Trends

    Shiv Krishnan, Managing Director, BPC Global
    Anup Thomas, VP & CTO, Card Payments, Capital One
    Patrick Williams, Head of Digital Partnerships, VISA

  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Panel 5: Blockchain and Digital Assets: Market growth and disruption

    Khawaja Saeed, Chair of the Department of Information Systems, KSU
    Sam Friedman, Solutions Architect, Chainlink
    Marlon Williams, Founder at Starter Labs, Atlanta Blockchain Center
  • 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM 

    Closing Remarks

    Robin Cheramie, Dean of Coles College of Business, KSU

  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Career Day (Meet our students, share internship and job opportunities, participate in job pitch event)