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Previous Speakers

The following list reflects the Neel Corporate Governance Speaker Series' most recent speakers. For a full list or our speakers, dating back to the series' inception in 2003, please contact us.


Allen BellPwC Assurance Partner and Leader of the Private Company Services Practice for Southern California
Richard Chambers, President and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors
Paul Sobel, Chairman of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
Eugene Soltes, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School and author of "Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal"
Kevin Wills, Chief Financial Officer for Pilot Flying J (PFJ)


Steve Albrecht, Experienced Audit Committee Member, Expert Witness and Professor Emeritus of Brigham Young University
Paul DeNicola, Principal at PwC's Governance Insights Center
Ron Ford, Senior Vice President and CFO of Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
Kathleen HammBoard Member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of Research for MSCI’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research Group
Maria Castañón Moats, PwC U.S. Assurance Leader
Mike Willis, Assistant Director of the Office of Structured Disclosure at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Wes Bricker, Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Roslyn Brooks, Managing Director of the PwC office of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy based in Washington, D.C.
Curt Buser, CFO of Carlyle, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms
Vanessa A. Countryman, Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis
Todd Metcalf, PwC Washington National Tax Policy Services Group
Jean Rogers, the CEO and Founder of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Vernon Stafford Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Audit Executive at First Horizon National Corporation


Jim Doty, PCAOB Chairman 
Wilma Jordan, Founder and CEO of The Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc. (JEGI) 
Paula Loop, PwC partner and Leader of PwC’s Center for Board Governance and Investor Resource Institute
Zach Oleksiuk, the Americas Head of Investment Stewardship for BlackRock, the largest institutional investor in the United States and among the largest investors in the world 
Tim Ryan, PwC U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner
Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance for the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second largest public pension fund in the U.S.
Taylor Simonton, an experienced audit committee member, long-time PwC partner


Mike Gallagher, Managing Partner of Assurance Quality for PwC 
Kayla Gillan, Leader, PwC’s Investor Resource Institute
Marek Grabowski, Director of Audit Policy for the U.K.‘s Financial Reporting Council and a board member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB)
Jason M. Hill, Chief Financial Officer of Gibson Brands, Inc.
Roy J. Katzovicz, Chairman of Saddle Point Group and formerly Partner, Investment Team Member, and Chief Legal Officer of Pershing Square Capital Management
Pete Nachtwey, Chief Financial Officer of Legg Mason
Larry Shover, co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Solutions Funds Group, a mutual fund providing investors with institutional grade exposure to alternative investments
Commissioner Kara Stein, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Dan Goelzer, a partner in Washington DC with Baker & McKenzie who previously served as a founding board member of the PCAOB and as the General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality
Marek Grabowski, the Director of Audit Policy for the United Kingdom’s Financial Reporting Council in London
Martin Gruenberg, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) 
The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee
James (Jim) J. Leisenring, Senior Advisor to the FASB, and formerly both Vice Chairman of the FASB and a member of the International Accounting Standards Board
Robert (Bob) E. Moritz, the U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC 
Troy Paredes, Senior Strategy & Policy Advisor at PwC and former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Mary Schapiro, the immediate past Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the current Managing Director and Chairman of the Governance and Markets Practice for Promontory