Mary Jo White has been in the news quite a bit since taking over as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2013. She may be small in stature, but her presence looms large, and she has spoken at numerous events, explaining her vision for the SEC, what the Commission has accomplished under her guidance and what still needs to be done.
Among her speaking engagements in her first year in office was a keynote address at the first ever Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) conference in Washington, D.C. in October 2013. White, with her customary humor, spoke about the SEC’s role during the government shutdown, the successes of Dodd-Frank enforcement and its whistleblower program. She had the full attention of a large crowd of women attorneys, both inside and outside counsel, who had gathered for the event.