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SEC Chairman Schapiro to Speak at Northwestern

Mary Schapiro to speak at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at law school

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November 3, 2010 | by Hilary Hurd Anyaso

CHICAGO --- Chairman Mary Schapiro, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will deliver a lecture sponsored by the Brodsky Family Northwestern JD-MBA Fund at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave. in Lincoln Hall.

William J. Brodsky and his wife, Joan, established the Brodsky JD-MBA Fund in 2001 to honor their children who received graduate degrees from Northwestern. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Schapiro unanimously was confirmed as SEC chairman by the U.S. Senate in January 2009. She is the first woman to serve as the agency’s permanent chairman. Since being appointed, Schapiro has announced and implemented several changes at the agency in an effort to help restore investor confidence and reiterate the SEC’s commitment to investor protection. 

Prior to the SEC appointment, Schapiro was CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the U.S. public. She joined the organization in 1996 as president of NASD Regulation and was named vice chairman in 2002. In 2006, she was named the National Association of Securities Dealers’ chairman and chief executive officer. The following year, she led the organization’s consolidation with New York Stock Exchange Member Regulation to form FINRA. She was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where she served until 1996.

Schapiro previously served as a commissioner at the SEC from December 1988 to October 1994. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, reappointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and named acting chairman by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Schapiro earned her JD from George Washington University Law School in 1980 and her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in 1977.

The Brodsky JD-MBA Fund supports Northwestern’s three-year joint JD-MBA program at Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management, one of the most integrated of its kind with one application process and a complementary course of study.