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Episode 125: November 15, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission was established eighty-five years ago to regulate the commerce in stocks, bonds, and other securities. The mission of the SEC is three-fold: To protect investors, to maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and to facilitate capital formation. The SEC is led by five commissioners, each nominated by the President of the United States, with consent by the U.S. Senate. Hester Peirce is one of the commissioners. Peirce recently visited the William & Mary Law School as a guest of the Center for the study of Law and Markets. Before speaking with students, she sat down with us to discuss the SEC, her role as commissioner, leader, and communicator, and how she became known as Crypto-Mom.

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  • What is the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • What is the role of an SEC commissioner
  • How are the commissioner regulated by the Sunshine Act
  • How many employees work for the SEC
  • What were Hester’s amitions as a child
  • How much effect do commissioners have on the markets
  • Why do SEC commissioners need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate
  • Why is it important to be transparent as a communicator
  • How important is constructive feedback
  • How did Hester become Crypto-Mom
  • Who are Hester’s leadership role models
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