American Studies Institute

Distinguished Lecture Series

Warren StephensWarren Stephens 

April 13, 2021
7:30 p.m. | Benson Auditorium
This event will be livestreamed. | Current COVID-19 protocol will be observed.

A native of Arkansas, Warren A. Stephens is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Stephens Inc., a privately-owned diversified financial services firm headquartered in Little Rock. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and later received his MBA from Wake Forest University.

Mr. Stephens has been vocal in his belief that banks should remain modestly leveraged, pointing to his own company’s ability to weather the economic downturn of 2008 without government assistance. He is equally vocal in his support of capitalism, frequently speaking around the country to industry associations, students and business leaders about capitalism’s unmatched power to lift people out of poverty, create jobs and stabilize communities.

He has served on the NASD District Conduct Committee, Dillard’s Inc. board of directors and Washington and Lee University board of trustees. Community involvements include chairman of the board of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts; chair of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation Board; co-chair of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Capital Campaign with his wife, Harriet; chair of Episcopal Collegiate School Foundation Board; chairman of the Capital Campaign to renovate the current theatre for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre; and member of the board of directors for the Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Club.

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