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Michael S. Barr, Vice Chair for Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Michael S. Barr took office as the Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on July 19, 2022 for a four-year term. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for an unexpired term ending January 31, 2032.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Barr was the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and the founder and faculty director of the University of Michigan's Center on Finance, Law & Policy.

Dr. Raphael W. Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. Raphael W. Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.

Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxing Legend, Entrepreneur and Author

Sugar Ray Leonard is an award-winning boxing champion, and 1976 Olympic gold medalist. Sugar Ray is a television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, FOX, HBO and ESPN. He also served as host and mentor for the Emmy-nominated show, “The Contender.” Today, he provides ringside analysis for matchroom boxing on DAZN. He’s also known for his autobiography, “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring.”

Sugar Ray helms the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, which funds research for pediatric type 1 and type 2 diabetes and works to help children lead healthier lives. He serves as co-chair for the Ambassadors of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and remains the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure.

Robin Hauser, Director, Finish Line Features, LLC

Robin Hauser is an award-winning documentary film director. Her 2021 documentary, “$avvy,” contemplates the historical, cultural and societal norms around women and money. Her film, “bias”, delves into unconscious bias and how it affects our lives socially and in the workplace. In 2015, her film “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.

Robin delivered a TEDx talk in 2019 on “The Likability Dilemma for Women Leaders.” Robin is a diplomat for the American Film Showcase; she speaks about financial literacy, unconscious bias, the importance of diversity and inclusion, and on behalf of women’s rights at the White House, U.S. Embassies, conferences and corporate headquarters worldwide.

Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, The Atlantic; Former Editor-in-Chief, WIRED

Nicholas Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic and former editor-in-chief of WIRED, says that innovations have improved our lives in countless ways — “We live longer, eat better and keep powerful computers in our pockets” — but we need vigilant journalism and an engaged society that is prepared to keep Big Tech in check.

An award-winning author and former editor at The New Yorker, Nicholas teaches us what technology like ChatGPT can mean for our society, and how we can thrive in a future defined by new rules, new values and new possibilities.

Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) 16th Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Vice Chair, Global Affairs and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group; New York Times Bestselling Author

Admiral James Stavridis spent 37 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent U.S. history. Following his military career, he served for five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Jim has published twelve books on leadership, character, risk, the oceans, maritime affairs and Latin America, as well as hundreds of articles in leading journals. He is chair of the board of trustees at the Rockefeller Foundation, is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and chief international security analyst for NBC News.

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