CHICAGO, IL --(Marketwired - February 29, 2016) - BAI, the financial services industry's leading resource for actionable insights that power smart business decisions, is excited to announce the recipients of the BAI Emerging Leaders Scholarship. BAI launched the scholarship program in December 2015 to further invest in the professional development of the next generation of payments leaders within the financial services industry.

Previously introduced at BAI Retail Delivery 2015, the scholarship was open to employees of financial services organizations with fewer than 10 years of experience in the industry.

The BAI Emerging Leaders Scholarship opens the doors to the industry's premier payments event, BAI Payments Connect 2016, for a one-of-a kind development and networking opportunity. The scholarship provides a platform for emerging talent to personally connect with thought leaders through invitation-only networking events and educational summits. The event as a whole, and now with the added scholarship program, aims to empower payments leaders with the right tools and actionable insights needed to make smart business decisions and drive positive change.

"We know building a successful career in financial services requires access to the latest innovations, trends and insights. The emerging leaders scholarship program is a great way for the next generation of payments leaders to gain access this comprehensive content, as well as industry thought leaders and innovative visionaries." said Holly Hughes, Chief Marketing Officer, BAI.

Winners of the 2016 BAI Emerging Leaders Scholarship are:

Aurora Castillo, Manager, Retail CRM Development and Governance (Santander)

Aurora's organization has trusted her to successfully steward in the most significant technology investments aimed at improving customer relationships, deposit and credit product account opening and activation. 

Amy Taylor, Treasury Management Sales Officer, VP (TD Bank)

In her organization, Amy is sought out for her commitment to innovative thinking. She is one of the first to identify new technologies and compliments that knowledge with ideas on how our customers can glean efficiency from its implementation.

Scholarship recipients receive an all-access pass to BAI Payments Connect 2016, three nights of accommodations at the Omni San Diego Hotel, and other valuable benefits such as admission to multiple executive-level networking sessions, a chance to explore the latest technologies and solution impacting payments in the Expo, and premium reserved seating at all general sessions.

Click here for more information on the BAI Emerging Leaders Scholarship and BAI Payments Connect 2016.

About BAI and BAI Payments Connect 2016 BAI is passionate about the pursuit of trusted information, powerful tools, and actionable insights that provide financial services leaders with the clarity and confidence needed to prepare for tomorrow, while performing better today. For over 90 years, this has been our mission: empowering leaders to make smart business decisions, drive positive change, and move the industry forward. Because a strong financial services industry helps consumers, businesses, and communities thrive.

BAI Payments Connect focuses exclusively on empowering payments leaders to make smart business decisions with an unbiased, 360° view of payments fraud, strategy and operations to drive positive change in their organizations through actionable insights from industry experts, thought leaders and innovative solutions providers. The objective and comprehensive content covers all aspects of the payments ecosystem, giving payments leaders a holistic perspective and fresh ideas that can drive revenue and move their organizations forward. For more information visit:

BAI is Bank Administration Institute and BAI Center.

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Lucas Gochanour