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Mentoring Session and Reception: There's More to Law than Lawyering in the Financial Services Industry
Event Details
Date(s): January 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM  EST - 8:30 PM  EST
875 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Host: Paul Hastings
Directions: Metro - McPherson Square (Orange, Blue, and Silver lines) 

Cost: Free
Online registration is closed. On-site registration will be available. 

  • Ross Delston, Esq., CAMS, Attorney + Expert Witness, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, former US Banking Regulator (FDIC) and former Counsel of US Export Bank, WHF Member
  • Mary Kinney, Retired Ginnie Mae Executive and Independent Financial Services Consultant, WHF Board Member
  • Dina Ellis Rochkind, Senior Legislative Advocate and Executive, WHF Member
Moderator: Courtney Ashley Vaughan, Principal of Courtney Vaughan LLC, Specialist in Financial Sector and Infrastructure Development, former Wall Street Banker and World Bank Consultant, WHF Board Member, Chair of WHF Membership Committee and Vice Chair of WHF Partnership Committee

Program Description: WHF offers an evening with four WHF members who are professionals in the financial services industry. These members will share their professional experiences, including how they entered the industry, competition, how they overcame challenges, and the role WHF has played in their career. The discussion will cover the emerging opportunities that have become available for non-legal professionals, in particular the last decade of the industry’s transformation. They will also offer perspectives on how new entrants, especially young professionals, should prepare themselves for entry into or advancement in the industry. The event will conclude with Q & A from the audience, small group mentoring sessions, networking, and light refreshments.

Click here for a copy of the agenda for this event. 

Speaker Bios: 
Ross Delston is a Washington, DC-based attorney, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), expert witness, and former banking regulator (FDIC) with over 40 years of experience in financial services. He has participated in major compliance projects involving international banking, AML/KYC and sanctions, including OFAC. He has been retained as an expert witness or litigation consultant on BSA/AML compliance issues in nine civil cases in Federal and state courts, including a civil forfeiture case on behalf of the US Attorney’s Office (SDNY). He has also conducted BSA/AML independent audits and reviews for financial services firms, including MSBs and broker-dealers; drafted policies and procedures on customer due diligence (CDD), enhanced due diligence (EDD) and know your customer (KYC); and advised financial institutions, foreign financial regulators, industrial companies, US government agencies, and law, accounting and consulting firms on BSA/AML compliance issues.  

Mr. Delston has been a consultant to the IMF since 1997 on AML/CFT, banking, bank restructuring, deposit insurance, bank insolvency and systemic crisis issues. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank since 1998 on banking, deposit insurance, resolutions and bank insolvency matters.  Previously, he was a Consulting Counsel, IMF (2000-2005); Of Counsel, Jones Day (1991-94); Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, FDIC (1986-91); and Counsel, U.S. Export-Import Bank (1976-86). Mr. Delston has co-authored two law review articles on TBML, spoken at venues throughout the world, and has been widely quoted on AML/CFT and banking issues in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, American Banker, the Hindu Business Line (India) and the Nikkei (Japan). As a long-standing member of WHF, he has participated as a speaker on many WHF panels, and most recently, at a WHF Brown Bag event on Trade-Based Money Laundering: A Supply Chain Nightmare for Banks and Beyond.  Mr. Delston earned B.A. and J.D. degrees from The George Washington University. He has been a member of WHF for over 20 years.

Mary Kinney is a retired Ginnie Mae Executive and current Independent Financial Services Consultant. Ms. Kinney served Ginnie Mae in the capacity as Executive Vice President (EVP) for over six years where she administered Ginnie Mae's $1.7 trillion Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) and Real Estate Mortgage
Investment Conduit (REMIC) programs. She was also responsible for managing Ginnie Mae’s daily operations, including all MBS operations, counter-party relationships, contracting, budget and legislative initiatives, and overall risk management of the organization. She maintains liaisons with key officials and executives of housing and securities industries, the investment community, members of Congress, and other departments and agencies of the federal government.

Prior to joining Ginnie Mae, Ms. Kinney was the Vice President of Enterprise Data Warehouse Operations at Fannie Mae, where she designed, developed and managed technology infrastructure to support MBS data collection and analysis. During her tenure at Fannie Mae, Ms. Kinney also served as the Director/Vice President of the National Housing Impact Division. In that role, she led long-range strategic planning and day-to-day activities for enterprise-wide compliance with congressionally mandated affordable housing goals and corporate affordable lending commitments.

She has extensive experience in MBS business, housing finance, affordable housing, and commercial real estate investment. She managed end-to-end activities for private-label MBS at Citicorp and the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation. She also managed loan origination and servicing functions in the primary servicing mortgage market and directed loan administration teams for Citicorp's
commercial real estate portfolio in the mid-atlantic region.  Ms. Kinney was named one of 2014’s most Influential Women in Housing by Housing Wire.

Ms. Kinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She is an eight-year member of WHF. Ms.Kinney is also a WHF Board Member and served as the Chairperson of WHF Partnership Committee and Vice Chairperson of WHF Membership Committee during the third quarter of 2016.  She is also on the Advisory Boards of two women-owned technology firms, Ampcus, Chantilly VA and Clarifire, St. Petersburg, FL.

Dina Ellis Rochkind is an accomplished Senior Legislative Advocate and Executive. Over the last two decades, Ms. Rochkind has led legislative advocacy on behalf of major corporate entities and advised congressional leaders on issues such as banking, insurance, other financial services, and economic development.  She maintains a network of professional relationships with members of Congress, congressional staff, and business and community leaders nationwide which she established during her many years in Washington.  

Ms. Rochkind’s experience spans congressional and administrative branches of the federal government, including transition between administrations and multiple key legislative successes, especially involving the banking, securities, insurance, and housing industries.  She is frequently called on to deliver presentations on complex issues of public policy to professional, trade, and political groups nationwide.  She served in several senior government affairs capacities, including as the Vice President of Federal Government Affairs at Quicken Loans, and staffed Quicken’s Washington-based Congressional Affairs office. She established and branded the Quicken Loans presence with members of Congress and key staff and managed the company’s PAC and political strategy.  She also developed successful policy and legislative strategies on issues affecting the company and its family of companies (approximately 90 companies, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fathead LLC, and Bedrock Real Estate), focusing largely on financial services issues affecting the mortgage industry such as GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprise) reform, and tax policy.  Ms. Rochkind also served as Staff Director for Senate Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection in Senator Pat Toomey’s Office and Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.  

Among other key tasks, she conducted oversight of Dodd-Frank implementation regarding SIFI (Systemically Important Financial Institutions), the Volker rule, and derivatives legislation (swaps push-out provisions).  She developed a financial services legislative agenda for a freshman senator, served as lead Senate staffer for capital formation issues addressed by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS), led a successful effort to defeat and fought off legislation that would have eliminated Money Market Mutual Funds, and established the Senator as a player regarding financial industry and tax issues relating to insurance.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Rochkind served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs and Community Policy for the U.S. Treasury Department and Counsel for the Senate Banking Committee.  She was the principal legislative and legal adviser to Chairman Phil Gramm(R-TX) on consumer finance issues including, the Community Reinvestment Act, bankruptcy, the Truth in Lending Act, and real estate settlement.  Ms. Rochkind earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Dickinson Law.  She is a member of Federalist Society, Chair, Financial Services & Electronic Commerce Legislative Developments Subcommittee, and has been a member of WHF for over 15 years.

Courtney Ashley Vaughan is the founder and principal advisor of a 15-year-old Washington-DC based, boutique strategy-consulting firm that specializes in sector development, cross-border risk management, and highly complexed infrastructure transaction advisory services.  Over the last two decades, she has leveraged her Wall Street and international development financial institutional experience, to bring resources to support major investments in developing countries’ financial sector and infrastructures.  Ms. Vaughan has led and supported major initiatives across 40 countries worldwide, serving in various capacities, including as Special Economic Advisor, Transaction Advisor, and Lead Financial Advisor, to take projects from concept to market. Ms. Vaughan previously served as an economist and Managing Director of a Washington-based full-service economic consulting firm. Ms. Vaughan has led several missions to Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East for the World Bank and private sector stakeholders. Ms. Vaughan is the founder of Straight Talk With Courtney Vaughan on Cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure™. 

She is currently a WHF Board member, Chair of WHF Membership Committee, and Vice Chair of WHF Partnership Committee.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Fordham University, and a Master of Public Administration in Advanced Policy Analysis Techniques, from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.  She studied-graduate level economics at Fordham University, Columbia University, and New York University. She also studied Transportation Management in the Graduate School of Management at Maritime College and holds a certificate in Managing Fiscal Risks from World Bank Institute.

RSVP: Online registration closes at 5:00 PM on Monday, January 23, 2017. 

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