Strategic Leadership Forum

Bringing Together Leaders in Payments

September 27–29 | Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, California

Build Relationships and Explore Payments Trends

Step away from your day-to-day and explore the macro-trends that will affect your business. Join your customers, colleagues and peers for unparalleled networking opportunities.

Two high profile attendees have a thoughtful discussion at SLF

Top Payments Companies are Attending

SLF attracts attendees from the leading payments companies.

Cameron Bready

I look forward to attending SLF every year. It’s a unique event that combines cutting-edge content with best in-class networking.

Cameron Bready

President & CEO, Global Payments
Chris Sweetland

SLF provides me with the time and space to engage in strategic conversations with my customers, partners and colleagues. The content is just right—forward-looking and thought provoking. And the networking opportunities are intentionally designed to foster the kinds of connections I want to have.

Chris Sweetland

Global Head of Payments Markets & Partnerships, PayPal
Derek Webster

My senior team and I look forward to attending SLF each fall. We find the caliber of executives we are able to spend time with at this event means that our time is productive. The time is well organized and provides many opportunities to meet with current partners and industry leaders.

Derek Webster

Founder and CEO, CardFlight
Greg Cohen

Unlike other events, SLF fosters networking at an entirely different level. The agenda, venue, and caliber of attendees combined make for an incredibly productive two days.  I look forward to attending SLF every year.

Greg Cohen


SLF Pricing

ETA Members




Golf pricing is $250 on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 8:00 am shotgun.

ETA’s 2023 Hall of Fame Honorees

The ETA Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring members who have consistently made outstanding contributions to the industry. Join us in celebrating their achievements at the Strategic Leadership Forum.

Jan Estep

Jan Estep

Jan boasts a rich history working with publicly-traded, private, and non-profit entities across the financial services and technology sectors. Some of her past roles include serving as the President and CEO at Nacha, EVP at the U.S. Bank Transaction Services Division, and VP of Sales & Marketing at Pace Analytical Services. Presently, she is a board member at ACI Worldwide, a leader in real-time electronic payment solutions. With numerous appearances at both U.S. and international conferences, Jan is a sought-after voice on topics like payments, regulations, and standards.

Diane Offereins

Diane Offereins

Diane’s impressive 35-year tenure in the Financial Services sector includes her role as Discover Financial Services’ EVP and President of Payment Services since 2009. Under her leadership, she unified Discover Network, Diners Club International, and PULSE into a singular, influential global payments enterprise. Diane is also associated with prestigious groups for influential women leaders spanning various sectors. Her expertise hasn’t gone unnoticed; she’s been named one of the Top 25 Women in Finance by American Banker magazine annually from 2009 to 2022.

Park Hyatt Aviara fountain and entrance
Outdoor view of Park Hyatt Aviara's fountain and gardens
Entrance to Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA

Ideal Setting for Strategic Conversations

To take advantage of our specially negotiated rate at the Park Hyatt Aviara, please contact Jennifer Desjardins at

Our Keynote Speakers

Sam Hamilton

Sam Hamilton

SVP, Head of Data & AI Platform, Visa

Theodora Lau

Theodora Lau

Author of Beyond Good & The Metaverse Economy, Founder of Unconventional Ventures, and host of One Vision podcast

Michelle Meyer

Michelle Meyer

Chief Economist, US, Mastercard Economics Institute

Ryan Patel

Ryan Patel

Global Business Executive, CNN Contributor, and host of The Moment with Ryan Patel podcast

Join Us for SLF 2023

Conversations Par Excellence

The deadline to register for the golf tournament has passed. If you have questions about the tournament, please email Jennifer Desjardins at

Aviara Golf Club landscape

Our Sponsors

2023 SLF sponsors. Platinum: Mastercard, Visa. Gold: American Express, Discover, J.P. Morgan, TSG, US Bank - Elavon. Silver: Bank of America, Global Payments. Bronze: Ingenico, NCR

Terms & Conditions

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations requested by September 6 will be charged a $125 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellation requests received after September 6. No-shows are non-refundable. All cancellation requests should be made in writing to

Substitutions can be made in writing until September 26. Substitution requests should be made in writing to with the subject “SLF Substitution Registration.” No onsite substitutions will be allowed.

In the unlikely event of program cancellation, ETA will refund 100 percent of registration fees paid. ETA assumes no liability for any penalty fees on airline tickets, deposits for hotel accommodations, or any other fees, charges, penalties or other incidental costs that a registrant might incur as a consequence of a program cancellation.

Name Badges

All registrants will be provided a name badge for use during the Event. For security purposes, you will be required to wear your name badge at all times in ETA’s meeting space. Individuals without a visible name badge will not be permitted into the meeting areas.

SLF Photography Policy

By attending the Event, you acknowledge that photographs and/or videos of you may be taken by our conference staff and/or photographers at any time. Furthermore, you grant ETA permission to use photographs and/or video of your likeness in any type of media, including websites and print publications, without compensation or reward.


Americans with Disabilities Act and Special Dietary Needs

Attendees with special needs for facilities, visual or audio aids, or dietary requirements are asked to email so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Golf Tournament Terms & Conditions

The deadline to register for the 2023 Strategic Leadership Forum Golf Tournament is September 6. Entries after September are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact

The golf registration fee of $250 per person includes greens fees, cart rental with GPS, practice balls, and bottled water. No golfers will be assigned to play without a completed golf registration form and payment.

Foursomes can be requested but cannot be guaranteed. If you have a foursome, ensure all players list each other to keep the foursome intact. Space is limited and based on availability. Golfers will be notified of their pairings on the day of the tournament.

Golf substitutions can be made by email. Please email your request to There will be no substitutions for requests received after September 26.

Written notice of golf cancellation received on or before September 6 will result in a refund of fees paid less a $75 processing fee. Please submit cancellation requests to There will be no refunds for cancellations received after September 6. No-shows are non-refundable.