Virtual and Wnet Win Gold Stevie Award for Surpassing Conference Goals

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At Virtual, we believe that professional associations have the potential to not only influence industries but also change the world. For the Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions, also known as “Wnet,” Virtual provides the organization and its leaders with the expertise, skills, and services they need to fulfill their mission and make a difference. As a result of our partnership success, Virtual and Wnet have been awarded the Gold Stevie Award for surpassing all conference goals for Wnet’s Annual Leadership Summit. Virtual and Wnet were the only entry to receive a Gold award in the “Community Engagement Event” category from the American Business Awards.

“Wnet is extremely proud to receive this recognition, and we appreciate the recognition for our Board members and Summit Committee for their commitment and hard work. The top-notch communications between Wnet and Virtual helped take our Summit to new heights this year, as well as establishing important models for our future events,” said Wnet Executive Director Lisl Dutterer. “Virtual’s proactive and professional approach is exactly what Wnet leaders look for to assure them that the annual event and our programs exceed expectations.”

Wnet launched their 2018 Wnet Leadership Summit “No Limits!” in April of 2018 for a scheduled kick off on Sept. 25, 2018. Through the close collaboration between Wnet’s Board, Executive Director, Marketing and PR teams, Wnet secured more than 230 registrants, 14 sponsors, 24 speakers and panelists, and 40 companies for the Summit, surpassing their conference goals.

More than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration this year in a wide range of categories. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

The 2018 Wnet Leadership Summit “No Limits!” focused on answering pressing questions such as: how do women become board members of companies? Does it make a difference if men help empower women to be business leaders? The close collaboration between Wnet and its association management firm Virtual, Inc. yielded a significant increase in Summit attendance as a result of proactive event sponsorships, media partnerships and marketing campaigns, and led to a surge in Wnet membership.

“With more than a decade of supporting diversity and empowering women’s leadership in the payments industry, the Virtual team is thrilled to be driving the success of such a valuable organization,” said Andy Freed, CEO of Virtual. “Our aim at Virtual is to enable organizations to make their mark on the world. The Stevie Award recognizing the Summit’s success is a direct result of our ability to work collaboratively together.”

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