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Past Visionary Award recipients

2021 Honorees

  • Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics, Harvard University
  • Peter Stavros, Partner & Co-Head of Americas Private Equity, KKR
  • Paula Volent, Chief Investment Officer & Senior Vice President for Investments, Bowdoin College

2020 Honorees

  • Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Brookings Institution and Former Chair of the Federal Reserve System
  • Kathleen A. Murphy, President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments
  • James. R. Schenck, President & CEO, PenFed Credit Union
    CEO, PenFed Foundation

2019 Honorees

  • Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Voya Financial
  • Beth Mooney, Chairwoman and CEO, KeyBank
  • Karl Roessner, FMR CEO, E*Trade Financial
  • Janet Yellen, Former Chair of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

2018 Honorees

  • The Honorable Lael Brainard, Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Peter Blair Henry, W.R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance and Dean Emeritus of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University
  • Rebecca Patterson, Chief Investment Officer at Bessemer Trust

2017 Honorees

  • Prof. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO at Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Daniel H. Schulman, President and CEO at PayPal

2016 Honorees

  • Frank Bisignano, Chairman and CEO at First Data
  • Richard Edelman, President and CEO at Edelman
  • Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School
  • Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global

2015 Honorees

  • Ann Kaplan, Partner at Circle Wealth Management
  • Robert E. Moritz, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC
  • Prof. Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University and 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize Winner in Economic Sciences
  • Andrew Ross Sorkin, Founder of DealBook, Financial Columnist for The New York Times and CNBC Co-Anchor of “Squawk Box.”

2014 Honorees

  • Richard G. Ketchum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FINRA
  • Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Moody’s Corporation
  • Prof. Christina D. Romer, Class of 1957 – Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • David Wessel, Director of The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at The Brookings Institution and Contributing Correspondent to The Wall Street Journal

2013 Honorees

  • The Honorable Alan S. Blinder, Former Vice–Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; and currently Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and Vice–Chairman of Promontory Interfinancial Network
  • Joyce B. Cowin, Founder of The Cowin Financial Literacy Project at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Steve Liesman, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter
  • David W. Nelms, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Discover Financial Services

2012 Honorees

  • The Honorable Sheila C. Bair, Former Chairman of the FDIC and currently a Senior Advisor at The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Karen Finerman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and Panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money
  • The Honorable Mel Martinez, Chairman of the Southeast & Latin America, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Chairman, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer and Director at NYSE Euronext

2011 Honorees

  • Maria Bartiromo, Anchor, CNBC
  • Harold Burson, Co-founder of Burson-Marsteller, the largest public relations agency in the world today and described by PRWeek as “the century’s most influential PR figure”
  • Henry Kaufman, President of Henry Kaufman & Company, world renowned economist and author
  • John G. Stumpf, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Company

2010 Honorees

  • Lawrence Kudlow, Host of CNBC’s primetime “The Kudlow Report”, co-host of CNBC’s “The Call”, and host of WABC Radio’s “The Larry Kudlow Show”
  • Arkadi Kuhlmann, The “CEO of Savings,” is the Chairman and President of ING DIRECT USA, the nation’s largest online savings bank, Founder and Chairman of the ING DIRECT Kids Foundation, and author of The Orange Code book.
  • Riza Laudin, High School Economics Teacher at Herricks Public Schools in New Hyde Park, New York, and recipient of the 2010 McGraw-Hill Teaching Champion Award.

2009 Honorees

  • Roger Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF
  • Kenneth Mengani, Economics teacher at the World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY, and recipient of the 2009 McGraw-Hill Teaching Champion Award.
  • Suze Orman, Two-Time Emmy Award-winning television host, author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today
  • Charles Schwab, Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Gary Stern, former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

2008 Honorees

  • John W. Rogers, Jr., Founder, Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments
  • Mary L. Schapiro, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Julie Stav, Co-Founder of Tu Dinero magazine, financial advisor and media personality

2007 Honorees

  • John Bogle, Founder of the Vanguard Group, prolific author, creator of the world’s first index fund
  • Bill Donaldson, 27th Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission, Founder of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette

2006 Honorees

  • James J. Cramer, Co-Founder, TheStreet.com; Host of CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer
  • Stephen Dubner, co-author of the bestseller, Freakonomics
  • Kathleen Kelley of Kingdon Capital and co-founder of High Water Women
  • Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • John Whitehead, Chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation