As we continue our spotlight on women leaders in payments this month, this week’s episode features Monneo Managing Director Lili Metodieva. A talented artist with a childhood dream to become a pilot, you may wonder how Lili ended up in fintech? The answer is simple: she thrives in dynamic, fast-paced environments and it most comfortable when she’s out of her comfort zone.
Lili was born in the sixth oldest city in Europe on the southside of Bulgaria. She received her undergrad degree in IT and a graduate degree in commerce. And her first job after college was selling telecommunication equipment to large companies looking to facilitate cross-border video communication. Following a short time in the telecom space, she decided she wanted to dive into something completely different and challenging so she took a job in ecommerce.
After 10 years in the payment space Lili then decided to take a break from the industry and start a personal venture related to Facebook marketing and online advertising. But it didn’t take long for her to realize that the payment space was ultimately her “dynamic love for life.”
For those of you who may not know Monneo is a company that specializes in connecting the dots between traditional banking and online commerce. Her job as managing director is to recognize opportunities, prevent mistakes and get things organized. She will be the first to say that business comes down to connection with people and her guiding principle is to treat others the way you would like to be treated. She also feels the most important quality every leader should possess is respect.
Tune in this week to hear Lili talk about her journey through payments, what leadership means to her and how getting out of your comfort zone is the only way to progress and grow.