Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

The 90th Anniversary of the SEC Celebration Program

The SEC commemorated the 90-year anniversary of the Securities Exchange Act and the creation of the SEC on June 6, 2024. The event included panel discussions featuring former SEC chairs and experts on the SEC’s history.


1-1:15 p.m. Opening Remarks by Chair Gary Gensler and Commissioners

1:15–2:15 p.m. Panel 1: A Lookback from the Chair’s Seat

  • Chair Gary Gensler
  • The Honorable Richard C. Breeden (1989 –1993)
  • The Honorable Mary Schapiro (2009 – 2012)
  • The Honorable Mary Jo White (2013 – 2017)

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Panel 2: The Legacy of the SEC

  • Chair Gary Gensler
  • Michael Beschloss, American historian and bestselling author
  • Joel Seligman, American legal scholar, author and leading expert of securities law
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Advisor for Pensions and Retirement, U.S. Department of Labor, and former first female lieutenant governor of Maryland

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