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

The Future of Payments

April 17, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Carmichael Student Center University Rooms A, B, and C
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Career Conversations

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
    Main Programming
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Registration, Check In, & Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am

    Introduction, Robin Cheramie, Dean, Coles College of Business, KSU

    Sponsors Message

    Welcome Address, Coles Fintech and Payments Club

  • 9:15 am - 10:00 am

    Keynote Address: AI in Payments


    • Bruna Lopes, Innovation Director, MJV Technology & Innovation
    • Samantha McAvoy, US Key Account Manager, MJV Technology & Innovation
    • Leonardo Sa, Global Data & Analytics Executive, MJV Technology & Innovation
  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am

    Panel 1: Disruption and Innovation in Digital Payments


    • Humayun Zafar, Fintech Program Director and Professor of Information Security and Assurance, KSU


    • Blake McDaniel, AVP, FedNow Product Management
    • Chris Staymates, Chief Innovation Officer, Stax Payments
    • Steve Ledford, Former SVP Products and Strategy, The Clearing House
    • Jonathan Partridge, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, First Entertainment Credit Union
  • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

    Panel 2: KSU Sandbox Project (US Bank / Elavon)


    • Dr. Solomon Negash, Professor of Information Systems, KSU


    • Student Groups
  • 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

    Panel 3: Career Horizons in Fintech


    • Laura Gibson-Lamothe, Executive Director, Georgia Fintech Academy


    • Jaime Yeager, VP Partnerships, InComm
    • Grant Sweet, Managing Director, Stone Resource Group
    • Reggie Whisenton, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Global Accounting Network
  • 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

    Panel 4: Digital Currency, Stable Coins, and Tokenization


    • Dr. Khawaja Saeed, Chair of the Department of Information Systems and Security, KSU


    • George Kushner, Co-Founder, H2Crypto
    • Jeff Gapusan, Founder, Pip3line Advisors
    • Laine Donlan, SVP, Head of Embedded Finance Technology, Truist
  • 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

    Panel 5: Trends in Payments 2024


    • Astrid Cuellar Benitez, Founder and President, Coles Fintech & Payment Club


    • Steve Nigri, Partner, NXT-Moves
    • Adwait Joshi, CEO, Datta Seers
    • Sanjeev Jha, SVP Faster Payments Tech, Truist
    • Dobbin Prezzono, Chief of Staff & Head of Strategic Partnerships, SpeedChain
    • Ali Raza, Director, Protiviti

Career Conversations

  • Time
  • 10:15 am - 12:00 pm

    STA 370 and 372


    • Murtaza Nisar, VP, Chief Information Security Officer, Clario
    • Corey Tucker, Senior Cloud Security Consultant, EY
    • Eric Fender, Senior Program Consultant, Truist
    • Sandra Edukye, Workforce Management, Planning, and Engagement Strategist, Truist
    • Shane Peden, Managing Director, Information Assurance Services, Aprio
    • Aakash Shah, Chief Product Officer, ICBL
    • Ryan Edelson, Manager, Global Sales and Client Relationships, Fiserv
  • 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

    STA 370 and 372


    • Steve Riddick, VP Strategic Payment Partners, Visa
    • Eric Fender, Senior Program Consultant, Truist
    • Stacie McDowell, IT Development Director, Tokio Marine HCC
    • Sandra Edukye, Workforce Management, Planning, and Engagement Strategist, Truist

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