The ATPC launched its new leadership development program, “Future Leaders”, at its Q4 2019 Board Meeting. Future Leaders identifies and educates rising professionals primed to lead the Payments Processing industry across technological, institutional, business development and workforce portfolios. This year-long program is comprised of multiple networking and educational activities to enhance future success of ATPC member and sponsor company young professionals. The inaugural class schedule includes:

  • Leadership 101: Tuesday, February 25th (Atlanta)
  • Government 101: June 2nd and 3rd (Washington, D.C.)
  • Technical Expertise and Graduation: Wednesday, August 12th (Atlanta)

“The Future Leaders is an idea that germinated with our staff and board discussions about industry diversity and inclusion and grew into a plan for empowering the next generation of payments processing industry stars,” said H. West Richards, ATPC Executive Director. “Developing leadership and technical skills is an important endeavor but we also wanted to ensure that class participants gain understanding and experience educating elected officials and regulators who shape our industry – after all, that’s the mission of the ATPC.”

The Leadership and Management class will cover listening and communicating, teamwork and collaboration, ethics, project management, diversity and inclusion, and management skills. The Government 101 session is designed to help participants understand the legislative and regulatory processes at the federal and state levels, and wraps-up with participants walking the halls of Congress during the ATPC’s annual Capital Hill Fly-In. Technical Expertise is the last class, covering the latest Payments Processing and FinTech industry developments, with topics like: industry fundamentals; payments 101; the issuers perspective; the merchants perspective; cybersecurity; and future of payments. Each class will be taught by industry executives, Georgia University System faculty and other issue experts to ensure that the participants learn from and network with the leading Payments Processing voices.