When selecting a speaker for the financial industry or for an audience who watches every move of the Dow Jones industrial average, Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite index, selecting an expert can be a challenge. Finding a woman who can competently address these topics may seem to be a difficult task. That speaker must be an expert; she has to understand what a drop in consumer confidence may mean to the economy, including the impact on housing starts, and gas prices. She must also be knowledgeable and able to articulate how the public sector and private sector are interdependent as well as what that interdependence entails when forming public policy.
Financial leaders are embroiled in a tumultuous and polarizing landscape. Banking is facing ongoing challenges to profitability and trust. Wall Street has become a dirty word, and when scheduling a speaker for a summit with a financial sector focus, there are few keynote speakers who have the expertise and background to stand before a crowded room and share insights that have profound wisdom on these complex topics.
Where can you find a female financial services keynote speaker? You do not have to look further than a woman who was twice named by Forbes Magazine as the second most powerful woman in the world: Sheila Bair.
Sheila Bair served as the Chairman of the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) during one of the most turbulent economic eras in our history. As global markets suffer upheaval, trusted financial institutions crumble, and the Occupy Movement protests the economic divide, public policies are being implemented and Sheila Bair has unique insights into the why and how of their impact. Whether it’s presenting a keynote on ending the doctrine of “too big to fail” or describing how public policy will influence the rise and fall of the dollar vis a vis other currencies, Chairman Bair has been a leader and an innovator.
Her fierce and ardent advocacy of the public interest has been the focus of editorials in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Financial Times, and the New Yorker.
When it comes to keynote addresses, especially financial keynotes or keynotes addressing public policy, not every speaker can knowledgeably share powerful insights as well as someone who has been in the hot seat. Few men or women share her experience and are able to relate to an audience as well as Sheila Bair.
Understanding the impact of a drop in consumer confidence amid higher gas prices is second nature for Sheila Bair, who worked diligently both in front of and behind the scenes to bolster public confidence and financial system stability. With the background and expertise, and a keen awareness of the audience, Chairman Blair is an exceptional keynote speaker, and someone whose words will be remembered long after the event.