2018 Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, March 20th - 11am

Maurice Smith

Maurice Smith


 Maurice Smith is the President/CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union. LGFCU is a financial cooperative 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. Smith served in several capacities including vice-president/city executive and vice-president of marketing and training. Smith joined LGFCU in 1992 as the Executive Vice-President and was promoted to President in 1999.

Smith received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and earned a Juris Doctorate from the NC Central University School of Law. Smith is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, the District of Columbia and before the United States Supreme Court. Smith is also a North Carolina Certified Superior Court Mediator.

Smith achieved a NC Real Estate Brokers License, Certified Credit Union Executive Designation and attended several management and marketing schools.

Smith and his wife have two children and live in Cary, North Carolina. He is a Deacon at Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and participates in several community and civic activities.

Smith is a self-proclaimed cooperative nerd. He believes that a business model that empowers its members to engage in democratic, self-help, classless principles is superior to other business types. As a fan of credit union ideals, Smith is avid about his beliefs.


Wednesday, March 21st - 11am

Frank Bisignano

Frank Bisignano

Frank Bisignano joined First Data as Chief Executive Officer in 2013 and added the title of Chairman of the Board in 2014. Bisignano’s first big move as CEO was launching an equity ownership plan turning First Data's 23,000 employees into shareholders. In his early days, he steered the rollout of Clover Station, a breakthrough point-of-sale platform designed for small and midsized businesses to track inventory, manage employees, build lasting customer relationships, and accept the full array of payments, from cash to Apple Pay.

Prior to joining First Data, Bisignano was the co-chief operating officer for J.P. Morgan Chase and the chief executive officer of its Mortgage Banking unit. As co-COO, Bisignano's responsibilities included overseeing global technology, real estate, operations, procurement, compliance, regulatory control and oversight, resiliency, security and safety, and general services for all of J.P. Morgan Chase’s businesses in over 60 countries. Under Bisignano’s leadership, the Mortgage Banking unit reported 2012 net income of $3.3 billion, a turnaround that reversed a net loss of $2.1 billion in the prior year.

Earlier in his career, Bisignano held several roles at Citigroup that included serving on the bank’s management committee and roles as chief administrative officer for the Corporate and Investment Bank and CEO of Citigroup's Global Transactions Services business. Before Citi, Bisignano worked at First Fidelity Bank from 1990 to 1994, where he was an executive vice president overseeing technology and operations, and later served as chief consumer lending officer.

Throughout his career, Bisignano has worked to create career opportunities for men and women who served in uniform. While at J.P. Morgan Chase, he was a founder of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, an original coalition of 11 companies that has since grown to a roster of 170 firms, hiring over 395,000 veterans as of April 2017. Bisignano’s commitment to veterans has continued at First Data, where the First Data Salutes program provides broad opportunities and support for returning military and their families. 

A strong supporter of diversity, Bisignano also helped create seven new employee resource groups at First Data, earning the company a roster of accolades for its efforts, ranging from veterans’ groups to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Bisignano is a member of the Board of Directors of Humana Inc. Among his non-profit commitments, he serves on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Mount Sinai Health System, the advisory board for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and is a trustee of the Battery Conservancy and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

In 2010, Bisignano was awarded Syracuse University’s Chancellor's Medal for Outstanding Achievement for his innovation in technology & education. In 2014, Bisignano received the Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The New York Institute of Technology honored Bisignano in May 2014 with a Doctor of Commercial Science degree for his achievements in business and his philanthropic endeavors. In May 2017, Syracuse bestowed Bisignano with an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree for his distinguished business career and his work in championing higher education and supporting the disadvantaged.

Bisignano was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has three children, Morgan, Alexa, and Henry. He and his wife, Tracy, reside in New Jersey.


2017 Keynote Speakers

Judy Girard

Judy Girard

Judy Girard is a long-time television executive, having worked extensively overseeing programming, production, and operations at both TV stations and Cable networks.Upon her retirement in 2008, the National Academy of Arts & Sciences bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Emmy to Ms. Girard.

Her career began in 1968 as a management trainee for Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Broadcasting. She served as a production assistant to Dick Clark before becoming a producer-director of Newscasts and Specials.  In 1979 she joined Hearst Broadcasting as Director of Programming at WBAL-TV Baltimore and then on to their flagship station WTAE-TV Pittsburgh.

In 1987, NBC placed her at WTVJ in Miami. In 1988 she went to NY to oversee programming and operations at the flagship station, WNBC-TV. A few years later she was named VP of Program Development for the NBC owned and operated stations where she helped develop such shows as Maury Povich and Jerry Springer.  In 1993, Ms. Girard became Senior Vice President of programming and production at Lifetime Cable Network. The network moved into the top 10.

Wanting a break from business, in 1997 Ms. Girard took a year to travel with the Dalai Lama, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, get married, and just do life. With batteries recharged, she jumped at the chance to turn around the fledgling Food Network for the EW Scripps Company. Food Network became the fastest growing cable network in 2002 and today still consistently places in the top 10.  In 2005, Ms. Girard assumed the Presidency of Scripps’ flagship network, HGTV, now the number 3 cable network in the country.

Ms.Girard is the co-founder of the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW),the first single gender, non profit charter school in North Carolina. The school educates young women from largely economically challenged families and rigorously prepares them for college, leadership, and success.

Doug Lebda

Doug Lebda

Doug Lebda is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of LendingTree.com.  Frustrated by getting his first mortgage, Doug saw a need to empower consumers in what is, for most, the largest financial transaction in their lives – financing a home. He envisioned a process where lenders would compete for the borrower’s business in a fair and open marketplace. And through this process, lenders would be able to target exactly the right consumers to grow. With that vision, LendingTree.com was founded in 1996 and has revolutionized how consumers shop for loans and how lenders reach new customers, helping over 32 million borrowers through the mortgage process.

After the company was founded in 1996, it was launched nationally in July 1998. Doug led LendingTree through a successful IPO in 2000, through the dot-com meltdown of 2001 and a successful sale to IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2003. From 2005 to 2008, Doug served as IAC’s President and Chief Operating Officer, leading the company through a transition from a holding company to a unified operating company. In 2008, Doug rejoined Tree.com as it spun out from IAC as a separate public company. In 2015, Tree.com changed its corporate name to LendingTree, Inc. to better reflect the company’s go-forward strategy and flagship brand. Today, LendingTree connects consumers and businesses more broadly than just mortgages including personal loans, small business loans, auto loans, student loans, home services and more.

In addition to LendingTree and his non-profit work, Doug helps lead other companies that are transforming the way consumers transact online. He is the Co-Founder of Tykoon (an innovative financial platform for families and children) and is an active mentor and angel investor. In his free time, he enjoys time with his three daughters, is an avid runner and enjoys an occasional round of golf. Doug has also completed two ironman triathlons, accomplished the Mount Rainier summit with a group of LendingTree employees and has competed in several ultra-marathons.

2016 Keynote Speakers

Pierre Naudé

Pierre Naude

Pierre has more than 30 years experience in the financial technology industry. Named CEO of nCino in 2012, Pierre played a key role in the initial founding and oversees all aspects of the organization including strategy, sales, marketing, professional services, customer support and product engineering. Prior to joining nCino, Pierre served as divisional president of Community Financial for S1 Corporation, a leading global financial services software company, until its acquisition by ACI Worldwide in February 2012. Prior to S1, Pierre was vice president and managing partner of Worldwide Technology Consulting Services at Unisys Corporation, and general manager at Pioneer Systems, a software company focused on middleware solutions. Pierre earned his degree from Upper Iowa University.

Jerry Greenfield

Jerry Greenfield

Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., Greenfield has helped to build a store front venture into an ice cream and business marvel by making social responsibility and creative management strengths, rather than weaknesses. With his best seller, Ben & Jerry's Double-Dip: How to Run a Values Led Business and Make Money Too (co-authored with Cohen), Greenfield created both a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of "values-led" business, and an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the "socially conscious" or "mission driven" corporation.