MERCEDES GARCIA is vice president, senior business leader, global community relations with MasterCard Worldwide. She is responsible for developing relations with consumers, merchants, labor organizations, consumer advocacy groups and governments through MasterCard’s public education campaign, the “Master Your Card (MYC) Program,” which is designed to help these constituents leverage the electronic payment network. Garcia is actively involved with key women’s organizations, on behalf of the MYC Program, serving in the roles as keynote speaker and panelist to delivering workshops. She has been recognized by various organizations, including South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women Empowering and Embracing Women award, and by the New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2016 with the Annual Hispanic Women in Business award. For several years, she has also acted as MasterCard’s spokesperson for consumer education programs targeting Hispanics and other underserved segments. Prior to joining MasterCard, Garcia developed an extensive marketing and advertising background for more than 10 years at J. Walter Thompson, one of the leading multinational advertising agencies. Garcia is native of Venezuela, speaks several languages and earned a B.A. and hotel management degrees from the Mexican Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management in Mexico City. @mastercard
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