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Credit Unions & Fintech

On-Demand BSA Training

How Credit Unions Can Partner with the Georgia Fin-tech Academy

Date: November 8, 2023
Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Price: FREE

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Join Laura Gibson-Lamothe, Executive Director of the Georgia Fintech Academy, for a conversation around how credit unions can partner with the Georgia Fintech industry. The Georgia Fintech Academy is established within the University of Georgia and leading the way in cultivating talent for the Fintech industry. Since its inception in 2019, more than 5,000 students have enrolled in the program, with over 1,800 securing Fintech-related positions. Join the session and learn more about the Academy, its offerings, and how to get involved.

Speaker

Kristen Tatlock
Laura Gibson-Lamothe , Executive Director of the Georgia Fintech Academy

Laura Gibson-Lamothe is an accomplished technology and operations executive with over 18 years of experience in the banking, finance, and financial technology industries. She is the Executive Director of the Georgia Fintech Academy, a talent development collaboration between the University System of Georgia (USG), Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, and all USG institutions.

As the Executive Director of the Georgia Fintech Academy, Laura oversees a comprehensive talent development initiative. The academy, based at Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business, offers core curriculum offerings accessible to students at 26 USG colleges and universities. It encompasses academic talent development, experiential learning through student projects, job placement assistance, professional development opportunities, and innovation-driven research.

The Georgia Fintech Academy has made significant strides in educating and preparing students for careers in the financial services industry. More than 5,500 students from USG institutions have benefited from the academy's programs, and over 1,800 students have been placed in financial services jobs.

Before joining the Georgia Fintech Academy, Laura worked at Protiviti, a global consulting firm specializing in the finance industry. As a leader in the firm's payments consulting practice, she demonstrated her expertise in driving technology initiatives for financial institutions. Before that, Laura led U.S. Operations for Featurespace, an award-winning fraud and risk management platform headquartered in the UK. Her responsibilities encompassed strategic growth and business operations across North and Latin America.

Laura has shown a passion for technology-driven solutions and innovation throughout her career. She has successfully implemented complex, multi-channel technology solutions focusing on profitability, growth, and customer satisfaction. Her notable achievements include supporting high-profile mergers at Bank of America, contributing to the enterprise transition during the legacy Wachovia-Wells Fargo acquisition, and pivotal in launching a co-branded credit card product at Ally Bank, a renowned digital bank.

Laura's expertise extends beyond her domain knowledge in banking and financial technology. She has a strong background in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Currently serving on the board of directors of PayTech Women (formerly Wnet), she actively contributes to fostering an inclusive environment within the fintech industry. She is also a board member of LaAmistad, a non-profit preparing Latino students and families for success through academic and life enrichment programs. In 2021, she was selected as a member of Money 20/20's RiseUp program, which focuses on empowering inclusivity in leadership.

Laura Gibson-Lamothe's extensive experience, passion for technology-driven innovation, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and dedication to talent development make her a remarkable leader in the fintech industry. Her contributions to her professional field and the community continue to shape the future of finance and empower individuals to achieve their fullest potential.

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