Business

Kieth Cockrell, president of Bank of America Charlotte. He also serves as the head of Executive Escalations for the company. As President of Bank of America Charlotte, he is responsible for connecting banking and investment resources offered through the banks’ eight lines of business to people and companies across the region, deploying Bank of America’s resources to address social and economic concerns, and helping the local community thrive. Kieth is a passionate ally and advocate for a diverse and inclusive workplace. Previously, he served as vice-chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council. In this role, he was instrumental in establishing several employee networks, including the Black Professional Group; the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement; the Military Support and Assistance Group; and the Black Executive Advisory Council. In 2019, he received two D&I awards, the Root Award and the Vanguard Award, for his role promoting equality, unity and
multiculturalism.
Erika Lucas, Co-Founder of SitchCrew and VEST. After reaching partner level at a prominent private equity firm, Erika left her career in finance to launch StitchCrew, an organization democratizing access to capital, resources and networks for overlooked entrepreneurs. Shortly after, she Founded VEST, an organization connecting influential women and expediting the pipeline of more women in positions of power. She is also the host of the VEST Her Podcast, a show about the barriers women face in the workplace and stories of women building power collectively. An international sought-out speaker, Erika speaks about entrepreneurship, capital access for women and BIPOC, future of work and women in leadership.
Peggy Simmons, president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Peggy has responsibility for all aspects of electric service for PSO’s more than 550,000 customers, including distribution operations, safety, customer service, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions. Prior to her current role, Simmons was manager of regulatory commodity sourcing for AEP Ohio. She also served as manager of renewable energy in AEP’s competitive business. Simmons joined AEP in 1999 as an energy trading scheduler in Commercial Operations.Community service has been a vital part of Simmons’ career. Simmons serves on the board of trustees for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust and Tulsa Community Foundation; the board of directors for the State Chamber of Oklahoma, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa Area United Way as well as the advisory council to Meals on Wheels Metro Tulsa. Additionally, Simmons serves on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Members Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Advisory Council.