The Most Influential Women in Payments are the ones taking risks with new ideas and investments, and developing the technology that will forever change the way people handle money. Not only do they set an example for their peers, they are unafraid to learn from newcomers and are diligent about encouraging a freshness and diversity of ideas.
This year's 25 honorees, presented in alphabetical order, represent an increasingly varied range of companies guiding the evolution of the payments industry.
Diana Adachi, Accenture
After the distributed ledger technology was mostly regarded as the "technology behind Bitcoin," banks are warming up to blockchain to improve more mainstream activities, such as cross-border payments and mobile transactions.
While the true benefits of blockchain and its best uses may not be known for years, Adachi's management style suggests there's nothing left to chance; nothing left to develop on its own without careful nurturing.
"A vision without a plan is a hallucination,” said Adachi, quoting Will Rogers. "This belief is the foundation of my ability to execute and get to 'end of job.'"
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