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The Honorable Sheila C. Bair
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Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 2006-2011; Senior Advisor, Pew Charitable Trusts; Preeminent Financial Reform and Policy Innovator; President of Washington College

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From Time's "Top 100" list to the Wall Street Journal's "The 50 Women to Watch," Sheila is one of the most requested finance and economics thought-leaders in the industry. She guided the FDIC and audiences crave her insights. Forbes touted her as the "second most powerful woman in the world."

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Merrick School Speaker Series: Sheila Bair

Sheila Bair Speech At 2011 ICBA National Convention

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  • Bull By The Horns (Book)

Sheila C. Bair served as Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation during one of the nation's most turbulent economic eras in history. With the collapse and upheaval of U.S. and global markets as well as venerable financial institutions, Chairman Bair worked diligently both in front of and behind the scenes to bolster public confidence and financial system stability. Her extraordinary efforts and relentless dedication established her as an ardent advocate and innovator of policies to end the doctrine of too-big-to-fail and taxpayer bailouts.

Chairman Bair has been lauded for her fierce advocacy of the public interest in articles and editorials in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Financial Times, and the New Yorker. As Time Magazine aptly stated in selecting her as one of its 100 most influential people, she has served as "the little guy's protector in chief." Additionally, Chairman Bair has received numerous honors and accolades for her pioneering work including the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and twice being named by Forbes Magazine as the second most powerful woman in the world after Germany's Angela Merkel. She has also penned a book about the financial crisis for young adults, which was released by Simon and Schuster in May of 2015.

Since leaving the FDIC, Chairman Bair has continued her work on financial policy issues as a Senior Advisor to the Pew Charitable Trusts. She chaired the Systemic Risk Council (SRC) a public interest group of prominent former government officials and leading financial experts which monitors progress on the implementation of financial reforms in the US. She is a founding board member of the Volcker Alliance, a non-profit organization established by former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to promote more effective government. In addition, she serves on the prestigious International Advisory Council to the China Bank Regulatory Commission and is a board member of the Rand Corporation.  She also serves on the boards of Host Hotels, Grupo Santander, ItBit and the Thomson Reuters Corporation.  On August 1st she will transition from her position at Pew to become the President of Washington College in Chestertown, MD.

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    President Excited To Get To Work

    CHESTERTOWN — Washington College’s incoming president posted a video online this week in which she speaks about how excited she is to start her new job and how impressed she is with the institution and everyone associated with it.

    Sheila Bair takes over Aug. 1 as the official replacement for Mitchell Reiss, who vacated the president’s office about a year ago to be the president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Jay Griswold, an emeritus member and former chairman of the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors, filled in as interim college president during the search for Reiss’ successor.

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    Sheila Bair: Shrinking Populations Pose A Huge Economic Opportunity

    (FORTUNE) - Smaller populations are not necessarily a bad thing.

    The former chairwoman of the FDIC Sheila Bair on Monday took on the topic of shrinking populations: in developed countries, she says, they pose a huge economic opportunity.

    Long-term demographic trends in developed countries that indicate shrinking populations will produce “short-term issues” like large elderly populations being forced to depend on a smaller working-age cohort, she said. But the problems will “level out over time,” especially with the aid of technology.

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    Sheila Bair: Why I Wrote 'Bullies Of Wall Street'

    (Yahoo Finance) - “Reap what you sow.” Many of us remember hearing that in church as we were growing up, but in fact, it is a universal teaching in all religions. Innately, we know it’s only right for people to enjoy the benefits that flow from their own ideas and hard work. It’s equally important for people to accept the consequences when they fail. If a student goes to class and studies hard, he should get a good grade. If he slacks off, he shouldn’t.  Not only is this principle morally right, it also provides practical benefits to society. Knowing that we will benefit (or suffer) from the results of our own behavior encourages us all to do our best.

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    The Women Who Questioned Wall Street

    (Harvard Gazette) - Sheila Bair, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Mary Schapiro explain their dogged efforts to hold financial industries accountable

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    Ex-FDIC Chairman Bair Is Named To Lead Washington College

    Sheila Bair, who became a vocal advocate for tougher bank regulation when she led the FDIC, will become president of Washington College.

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    Sheila Bair's 'Bullies Of Wall Street'

    By Stephen Gandal

    (Fortune) - Sheila Bair was head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, one of the U.S.’s principal bank regulators, from June 2006 to July 2011. When the financial crisis hit, Bair was at the center of the storm. Her latest book on the financial crisis, The Bullies of Wall Street, which comes out on Tuesday, is aimed at a younger audience. The book is a young adult novel/explainer of what happened during the financial crisis, how it may have affected teens, and how U.S. officials responded. In the following excerpt, Bair, tells the story of Matt, a fictional teen who is facing the fact that his beloved dog Attila will have to be put to sleep because his family is about to lose their house to foreclosure. Bair also recounts a meeting she had with President Obama on Air Force One in early 2009.

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  • "Second Most Powerful Woman in the World."

  • "A fearless advocate for the 'little guy'"

  • "Chairman Bair was terrific...and an absolute joy to work with."

  • "Chairman Bair was terrific! From accommodating to our early news opportunity to delivering a fine talk and Q&A to smiling through the sponsor reception - she could not have been easier to work with."

  • "[Sheila Bair's] content was clear and she spoke to the needs of the audience. We had bankers and accountants nodding in agreeement..."