Maurice Smith, CEO | Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) & Civic FCU
Maurice Smith is the CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) and Civic FCU. Both credit unions are member-owned cooperatives serving the financial needs of employees, appointed officials, elected officeholders and volunteers of local governments in North Carolina.
Smith began his career in financial services as a loan officer for State Employees' Credit Union. He served in capacities including vice president/city executive and vice president of marketing and training. Smith joined LGFCU in 1992 as the Executive Vice President, was promoted to President in 1999, and later CEO when Civic was chartered.
Smith is the recipient of the 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, presented by The National Credit Union Foundation, and the 2019 Annie Vamper Helping Hands Award, given by Inclusiv in recognition of those who make extraordinary contributions to the credit union movement.
Lisa Koenecke, Certified DEI Speaker & Author
As an experienced and energetic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional speaker and facilitator, Lisa specializes in counteracting unconscious bias and LGBTQ+ inclusion in business. Her impact is amplified through strengthening each person's allyship. With a demonstrated history of working in secondary education and a passion toward community and social services, she is an expert in counseling, crisis intervention, educational leadership, and program development.
After receiving her Diversity & Inclusion certificate from Cornell University, Lisa launched Inclusion Ally, LLC, her speaking and facilitation firm. Being an expert in LGBTQ+ issues has allowed her to present in 20 states and keynote numerous school counseling conferences.
After 12 years of being a middle school counselor, she is now an adjunct instructor at Lakeland University training the next generation of school counselors.
Julie Kratz, Speaker, Trainer & Author | Next Pivot Point
Julie Kratz is a highly-acclaimed TEDx speaker and inclusive leadership trainer who led teams and produced results in corporate America. After experiencing many career “pivot points” of her own, she started her own speaking business with the goal of helping leaders be more inclusive.
Promoting diversity, inclusion, and allyship in the workplace, Julie helps organizations foster more inclusive environments. She is a frequent keynote speaker, podcast host, and executive coach. She holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, is a Certified Master Coach, and is a certified unconscious bias trainer.
Her books include Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality and Lead Like an Ally: A Journey Through Corporate America with Strategies to Facilitate Inclusion, and her new children’s book Little Allies.