We raised more than $900,000—an event record—at our seventh annual Gala on Tuesday, April 30, while honoring William E. Clark and saluting Michael C. Dawley, both leaders in finance, for their commitment and enthusiasm in supporting student success.



William Clark

Bill Clark is the Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan. Global Corporate Banking is a group that coordinates wholesale banking coverage of large cap and multi national corporations and financial institutions clients globally. Bill is also a member of the Corporate and Investment Bank Balance Sheet Committee for North America and the Anti-Money Laundering Operating Committee for the Corporate & Investment Bank. Previously, Bill was the Head of the Global Corporate Bank, North America and previous to that was the Head of the Healthcare, Consumer and Retail Corporate Bank business. Bill joined JPM after 20 years at Citigroup where he last was Co-Head of Healthcare Global Banking. In these roles Bill is and has been responsible for managing global relationships and providing his clients advice on capital raising, FX and interest rate hedging and global cash management. Bill has been covering the healthcare sector since 1996, prior to which he was an investment and corporate banker in London with Citi responsible for managing relationships in the consumer industry. Prior to joining Citi in 1990 Bill was an investment banker in both London and New York with First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse). Bill graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with a BA in Economics and Foreign Affairs.


Michael C. Dawley

Michael C. Dawley is chairman of the National Futures Association (NFA), chairman of the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a board member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA), and president of Bluefin Partners. Dawley retired in 2018 from Goldman Sachs & Co. after serving at the firm for 33 years. He was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Futures and Derivatives Clearing Services business at the firm.

During his career, Dawley participated on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Global Markets Advisory Committee, which advises the government on issues that affect the integrity and competitiveness of U.S. markets and U.S. firms engaged in global business. In addition, Dawley served for many years as the global chairman of the Board of Directors of FIA, the leading global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets. He was inducted into the FIA Futures Hall of Fame in 2005.

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