A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate. A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Stan is also the author of the bestselling leadership books My Share of the Task: A Memoir and Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors,” few can speak about leadership, teamwork and international affairs with as much insight. Said Wired Magazine: “To hear McChrystal talk about leadership is like hearing Steve Jobs talk about innovation or Henry Ford talk about productivity.” Stan is the chair of Service Year Alliance, which envisions a future in which a service year is a common opportunity for every young American, and is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Michael served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2013 to 2018 and as Acting Chairman of the Commission from January to May 2017. Previously, he was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. Michael also worked on a number of important SEC-related oversight issues under the jurisdiction of the Committee, such as securities, over-the-counter derivatives, investor protection, market structure and capital formation. During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, he served at the White House as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He is currently the executive director of the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets. Michael was an assistant professor of finance at Iowa State University, where he focused his research on market microstructure. He received a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.