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Richard Fisher

WSB Exclusive Speaker

President and CEO, The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (2005-2015)

Economic expert Richard Fisher brings a wealth of experience, shares candid insights and helps audiences understand the most pressing and complex economic issues of the day.

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Richard Fisher is Senior Advisor to Barclays Plc. He serves on the boards of directors of Tenet Healthcare (Chair, ESG Committee) and Warner Brothers Discovery. He served for six years on the boards of ATT and PepsiCo until May of 2021. In 2020, he served on Texas Governor Abbott’s “Strike Force,” guiding the state’s economic recovery from Covid-19. He is Senior Contributing Editor for CNBC.

As president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015, Fisher worked at the center of a national dialogue to shape economic policy and maintain economic stability in the Dallas region and throughout the nation. Facing critical economic and financial challenges during one of the most tumultuous times in the country since the Great Depression, Fisher became nationally recognized for his unique and intimate approach, as well as his vocal and unequivocally candid commentary.

Fisher additionally served as a member of the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group, the Federal Open Market Committee, and was chair of the Conference of Federal Reserve Bank Presidents, the body that oversees the shared operations of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. For five years, he served as chair of the IT Oversight Committee for the 12 Federal Reserve banks, putting the first system-wide CIO structure in place.

From 1997 to 2001, Fisher was Deputy United States Trade Representative with the rank of Ambassador, responsible for US trade policy and negotiations in Asia, Latin America, Mexico, and Canada. He led numerous high-profile negotiations, including the US–Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement, later signed by President George W. Bush in 2002; the initiation of the agreements with Singapore and Chile; and the US-Korea Auto Agreement of 1998. He co-chaired the Enhanced Initiative on Competition and Deregulation of the Japanese Economy, agreed to by President Clinton and Prime Minister Hashimoto. Ambassador Fisher was a senior team member that negotiated the US-China and US-Taiwan bilateral agreements for accession to the World Trade Organization. He had oversight responsibility for the implementation of NAFTA. While serving as Deputy USTR, Ambassador Fisher served as Vice-Chairman of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and as an alternate member of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council.

Before joining the government, Fisher was Managing Partner for ten years of Fisher Capital Management (FCM) and Fisher Ewing Partners. Fisher was senior manager of Texas investment management and corporate finance operations for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. private bank. He currently serves on the Warner Bros. Discovery Board and the Tenet Healthcare Board. He also served as assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury during the Carter Administration.

Blending wit and erudition, Fisher shares a remarkable wealth of knowledge and refreshing perspectives with audiences. With a knack for relatable storytelling that often references pop culture and childhood stories, he can translate complex economic matters in an understandable and applicable way to each audience.

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Richard Fisher: We Have to Slay the “Inflation Dragon”

Richard Fisher’s Speech Topics

  • Examining the Global Economic Landscape

    Richard Fisher draws on an exceptional career to explore the global economic landscape in this candid and perceptive presentation. Having served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 to 2015, Fisher astutely understands today’s global economic landscape and is able to not only articulate the most critical and complex issues, but also put them into context as they relate to each audience. Lending to his expertise in the global financial market, Fisher has additionally held many distinguished roles, including deputy United States trade representative with the rank of ambassador in which he was responsible for U.S. trade policy and numerous high-profile negotiations in Asia, Latin America, Mexico and Canada. With vast, unmatched experience, Fisher is uniquely positioned to not only examine the most impactful issues of the past and present, but also share knowledge, offer guidance and provide exceptional perspectives into the future.

  • Economic Outlook in the United States

    After serving more than a decade as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Richard Fisher is able to draw on a breadth of experience and share outstanding insights on the issues facing the American economy. Under Fisher’s leadership, the Dallas Fed grew from $36 billion in assets to $160 billion, and the state of Texas saw job creation increase spectacularly. Considered a hawk for his public emphasis on inflation, Fisher has been vocal on a wide range of national economic issues from the impact and aftermath of the stimulus and early, bold forecasts of economic trends, to his slate of proposals for the rebalance of power among the national Fed system. Fisher brings exceptional economic and financial expertise having also previously served in senior leadership roles including vice-chairman of strategic advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates, senior advisor and managing partner of Fisher Capital Management Investors in Dallas, and assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury during the Carter Administration. In this insightful, thought-provoking presentation, Fisher helps audience members to plainly understand the hot-button economic issues that most impact their organization today.

  • The Dynamic Relationship Between Energy and Economies

    In this informative and engaging presentation, Richard Fisher shares expert insights and explores the complex and dynamic relationship between the global oil and gas market and the U.S. economy. Recognized as a hawk in the political realm for his emphasis on inflation, Fisher has been vocal about his call to action on interest rates and the impact individual policies could have on the nation. Having previously served as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in Texas, the sixth-largest oil producer and top oil services provider in the world, Fisher is able to draw on firsthand experiences to meaningfully connect with the audience and help them understand how this relationship impacts their industry and organization and how to best prepare for the future.


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