Distinguished Lecture Series

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, which has been hosted by University of the Southwest since its inception, is sponsored by the JF Maddox Foundation in honor of its founder, Jack Maddox. The purpose of the series is to contribute to the quality of life in Lea County and the surrounding area by providing nationally recognized speakers for intellectual stimulation and entertainment.

upcoming speaker

Rosie Rios

Postponed until Spring 2021

This event has been postponed until Spring 2021.

Her signature currently appears on a world-record $1.69 trillion of the U.S. currency out of the approximately $1.71 trillion in circulation worldwide. Rosie Rios, former Treasurer of the United States, is coming to Hobbs, New Mexico as part of the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series.  Hosted by the JF Maddox Foundation and University of the Southwest, Rios will speak on her tenure in Treasury and building leadership across age demographics.  This event has been postponed until Spring 2021.

As the 43rd Treasurer of the United States Rios is most recently known for initiating and leading the efforts to place the portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency. In 2016 Rios received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Rios was the first Senate-confirmed woman in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is the longest serving Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. In her role as Treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios was the Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the United States Mint, including Fort Knox. Her day-to-day responsibilities included overseeing all currency and coin production activities with almost 4,000 employees in eight facilities nationwide and an annual budget of approximately $5 billion.

Rosie Rios recently completed her term as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. As a graduate of Harvard University Rios was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 383-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor.

Rios currently serves on many investment, real estate and banking boards. Her personal passion includes serving as Founder and CEO of EMPOWERMENT 2020, an initiative that facilitates the physical recognition of historical American women. Its first project, Teachers Righting History, recognizes historical American women in classrooms across the country. She has also launched Notable Women, an Augmented Reality educational initiative in collaboration with Google. Rios remains active in real estate finance and is consulting on several transformation projects in the Bay Area under her “RESCUE” initiative: Real Estate for Socially Conscious Urban Empowerment.

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted by University of the Southwest, started in 1989.  The purpose of the series is to contribute to the quality of life in Lea County, New Mexico and the surrounding area by providing nationally recognized speakers for intellectual stimulation and entertainment.

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