Diana B. Henriques - March 2013
"The Timeless Lessons of the Bernie Madoff Scandal "
Diana B. Henriques, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust, is a contributing writer for The New York Times, where she has worked since 1989. She was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times.
In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of The New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis.
Henriques is a member of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) and serves on the board of trustees of her alma mater, the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Besides her book on the Madoff scandal -- which HBO has optioned for possible development into a film starring Robert DeNiro -- Henriques is the author of three previous books: The Machinery of Greed, Fidelity's World and The White Sharks of Wall Street.
She and her husband Larry live in Hoboken, N.J.
Harvey L. Pitt - October 2012
"An Inside Look at Current Financial Services Regulation and the Financial Crisis"
Mr. Pitt is the Chief Executive Officer of the global business consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC, and its law firm affiliate, Kalorama Legal Services, PLLC. Prior to founding the two Kalorama firms, Mr. Pitt served as the twenty-sixth Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In that role, from 2001 until 2003, Mr. Pitt was responsible, among other things, for overseeing the SEC's response to the market disruptions resulting from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, for creating the SEC's "real time enforcement" program, and for leading the Commission's adoption of dozens of rules in response to the corporate and accounting crises generated by the excesses of the 1990s.
For nearly a quarter of a century before becoming the SEC's Chairman, Mr. Pitt was a senior corporate partner in the international law firm, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He was a founding trustee and the first President of the SEC Historical Society, and participates in a wide variety of bar and continuing legal education activities to further public consideration of significant corporate and securities law issues. Mr. Pitt served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (1975-84), George Washington University Law School (1974-82), the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1983-84), and The Yale Law School (2007).
Former Chairman Pitt served previously with the SEC, from 1968 until 1978, including three years as the Commission's General Counsel (1975-78). Former Chairman Pitt received a J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law (1968), and his B.A. from the City University of New York (Brooklyn College) (1965). He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by St. John's University in June 2002, and was given the Brooklyn College President's Medal of Distinction in 2003.
Mr. Pitt is currently a Director of GWU Medical Faculty Associates, Inc., a §501(c)(3) corporation that provides comprehensive medical care to residents of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and serves on its Audit Committee. He is a member of the Global Advisory Forum of the CQS Hedge Fund, and a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Council of Millennium Management LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors to the offshore funds of Paulson & Co., and its affiliates. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Premier Alliance Group, Inc., and serves on the Audit Committee of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He previously served for three years on the National Cathedral School's Board of Trustees, where he was at various times Board Vice-Chair, Co-Chair of the Board's Governance Committee and Chair of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Pitt previously served as a Director of Approva Corporation, and was a member of its Audit Committee.