A View from the Fed
Jun 03, 2019 11:30 AM
Niel Willardson, Federal Reserve Bank
A View from the Fed

Niel Willardson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will review current economic conditions, and provide an entertaining discussion how the Central Bank has evolved from its origins of the First Bank of the United States as envisioned by founding father Alexander Hamilton.  Rotary members will gain perspectives from a senior leader at the Federal Reserve about the Ninth District economy and the Fed's evolution from the early vision of founding father Hamilton.  The Ninth District serves Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. All programs are recorded and Facebook Live Streamed. Local media are invited to attend to record the session.

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About the Speaker:

Niel Willardson, senior vice president and general counsel, oversees the Financial Management Group; the Payments, Standards and Outreach Group; the Corporate Secretary’s Office; and Law.

Niel has been with the Bank since 1990 and has worked in several leadership positions in the Bank, serving as department officer in Human Resources and managing officer in Banking Supervision. In 2000, he joined the Bank’s senior management team and served as senior vice president over Supervision, Regulation and Credit for eight years. He also served as Corporate Secretary from 2009 to 2017. Niel was named general counsel in 2005.

In addition to Reserve Bank responsibilities, Niel serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Minnesota law school and was the inaugural recipient of the Stanley V. Kinyon Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award. Niel received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota.