Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Chris Shays’ perspectives on leadership, a subject core to what we do as CEOs. The former Connecticut Representative and 20-year House veteran recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Chris will discuss with us his successes and failures in the context of leadership and share insights that we, as leaders, can apply to current business practices. Through the Leadership Series events, CEO Trust regularly brings in speakers with unique leadership expertise and experience from business, sports, government, the military and more.
CHRISTOPHER SHAYS represented the southwest region of Connecticut from 1987 to 2009 in the United States Congress. Christopher began his career in public service as a member of the Peace Corps in Fiji from 1968 to 1970 with his wife, Betsi. He was elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1974, serving for thirteen years before his election to Congress in 1987. He was appointed co-chair of the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. While a member of Congress, Christopher was a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, Financial Services, and Homeland Security Committees. He chaired the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, which played a major role in reforms following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The only Republican congressman from New England elected in 2006, Shays was consistently recognized for his knowledge, hard work, and ability to work with both sides of the political aisle to help resolve major issues confronting our nation. Christopher serves on the board of directors of North Highlandundefineda management and technology consulting firm based in Atlantaundefinedand was a commissioner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Betsi and Christopherundefineda resident of Connecticut for sixty-four yearsundefinedgrew up in Darien, lived in Stamford for over thirty years, and now reside in Bridgeport.
• Co-Chair, Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2009-2011
• U.S. Representative from Connecticut's 4th Congressional District, 1987-2009
• Representative, Connecticut General Assembly, 1975-1987
• Assistant to the Mayor of Trumbull, 1970-1971
• Peace Corps volunteer, 1968-1970EDUCATION:
• BA, Principia College, 1968
• MBA, New York University, 1974 • MPA, New York University, 1978
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