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Keynotes

Hester M Peirce

Hester M. Peirce

Commissioner to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Hester M. Peirce was sworn-in, as Commissioner, to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in January 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, she served as Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group (now called Program on Financial Regulation) at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. There, Commissioner Peirce’s research explored how financial markets foster economic growth and prosperity and the role well-designed regulation plays in protecting investors and consumers while promoting financial stability and innovation. She’s co-edited two books, authored publications, testified before Congress, and served on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee. Pierce also has experience working with the U.S. Senate, serving on Senator Richard Shelby’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs staff as Senior Counsel. In that position, she oversaw financial regulatory reform efforts following the 2008 financial crisis and conducted oversight of the regulatory implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. 

Peter Gleason

Peter Gleason

President and CEO, NACD

Peter Gleason is the President and CEO of the NACD. Recognized as an expert on board leadership and corporate governance issues, Gleason is a member of NACD’s national faculty and a frequent speaker who is regularly quoted in the national media. Gleason serves as deputy chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes on the boards of NACD and the NACD Capital Area Chapter as well as on the advisory board of Nura Health. Prior to joining NACD, Gleason was a management consultant with both Ernst & Young and Pritchett & Associates. Aside from the NACD, he was also a vice president and director of US Research for ISS. He holds an MBA with concentration in both Finance and Marketing from Virginia Tech and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.