Keynote Speakers

Be in the front row for keynote speakers who will share their perspectives on the future of payments.

Tuesday Opening Keynote

Carla Harris

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Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Be there as Carla delivers an energetic, insightful and inspirational message to kick off Payments 2021.

Harris is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

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Wednesday Morning Keynote

Scott Klososky

Technology Speaker, Author, Consultant, Founder, TriCorps Technologies

For his entire career, Scott Klososky has grasped how technology can be harnessed to push industry, organizations, and humanity forward into a bright and prosperous future.

It is this understanding and a bleeding edge vision, that inspired Scott to develop an early webcasting media company called which he sold in 2000 for $115 million.

It is this vision that led Scott to found TriCorps Technologies, a technology strategy and cybersecurity firm where he guides executives and organizations across the country and the world on how to navigate digital transformation, to drive revenue, lower costs, and protect resources from theft and harm.

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Wednesday Payments Keynote Luncheon

Kai Kight

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Innovative violinist, composer, and speaker

“Compose Your World”
Why do some people just play notes they are handed while others write new music in the world? In this captivating presentation, Kai Kight tackles this question, performs original music and shares the inspiring story of how he became an innovative composer in a field of conformity. His session will leave you feeling inspired to take your future into your own hands and bring your unique ideas forward.

Kai is a classical violinist turned innovative composer who uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations across the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his own mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world, Kai is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs mesmerizing original music and vulnerably shares stories from his own transformation as an artist. Kai translates these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments.


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Conference Host

Adam Mamawala

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Professional corporate comedian & actor

Professional corporate comedian and conference host, Mamawala sets the stage for an entertaining attendee experience. Enjoy his humor as he also serves as the host of the new main stage event — the Payments Connection.

Adam Mamawala is a stand-up comedian based out of New York City. Named one of Funny or Die’s "Top 30 Under 30: Comedians to Watch", Adam has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, BET and SeeSo, and his debut album One of the Good Ones debuted at #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts in December of 2017. Adam has headlined over 200 colleges across more than 35 states and his recent festival appearances include the NBC/Second City Breakout Comedy Festival, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and New York Comedy Festival. Adam has been a freelance contributor to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and a writer for Someecards.