Valerie Moran, head of operations and client relations at FinTech firm Prepaid Financial Services, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Development Council.

The invitation-only community accepts senior-level sales and business development executives.

Moran was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance included a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honours.

“We are honoured to welcome Valerie Moran of PFS into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Development Council.

“Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an accepted member of the Council, Moran will have access to a variety of opportunities, and will connect and collaborate with other local leaders in a private forum.

Moran will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share her expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

“I received the news with pleasure and I am honoured to be a member of the Forbes Business Development Council,” said Moran.

“I admire how participation helps organisations around the world to further cement their leadership ambitions in a wide selection of industries, including FinTech.

“I hope to add value via this close-knit community and that involvement as a company and personally, will give inspiration to various enterprises and business owners that read about this exciting journey across the globe.”

Commenting separately, Moran told BusinessCloud in July that there is a lack of support for entrepreneurs of colour.