Q2's mission to build strong and diverse communities extends to each global community our team members call home. Whether in India, the U.S., Australia, or the UK, the fresh perspectives and knowledge women bring to the table are essential components of our ability to live our mission.  

This day is designed to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action toward equity and equality. To honor International Women’s Day, we are highlighting four groundbreaking women in the technology and financial services fields whose contributions paved the way for others to follow.

Upasana Taku (India)
Upasana Taku left behind an illustrious corporate career in the US, returning to India to contribute to the Indian startup ecosystem. Her mantra – Kick up a storm or die trying – helped her maintain focus as her numerous accomplishments grew. 
Read more about Upasana Taku

Sheena Allen (The U.S.)
Sheena Allen is the founder of tech startup CapWay and the youngest woman in America to own and operate a digital bank. 
Read more about Sheena Allen 

Simone Joyce (Australia)
Paypa Plane 
Simone Joyce is the CEO of Paypa Plane, a bank-grade payments overlay service, she co-founded in September 2017 – and that’s just one of her many achievements. 
Read more about Simone Joyce

Francesca Hodgson (UK)
Francesca Hodgson is the co-founder and Managing Director of GoodBox, a fintech dedicated to building new technologies that better connect donors and charity causes. 
Read more about Francesca Hodgson

Relevant Resources
Visit the official International Women’s Day website
Learn more about the history of International Women’s Day


Written by Q2