Commonwealth Conversations with Tom Barkin

Commonwealth Conversations with Tom Barkin

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (8:30 AM - 10:30 AM) (EST)


Commonwealth Conversations is a 5-part Chamber speaker series that will be held every other month. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the Series Sponsor, and the President of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Cliff Fleet, will lead in-depth discussions with trailblazers and thought leaders of our time.

Sponsorship and Series Tickets (Individual & Tables of 8) now available!

September 6th at 8:30 AM
Jason El Koubi, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

November 1st at 8:30 AM
Carly Fiorina, Carly Fiorina Enterprises

January 10th at 8:30 AM
BK Fulton, Soulidifly Productions

March 6th at 8:30 AM
Tom Barkin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

May 1st at 8:30 AM
To Be Announced

Enjoy breakfast and insightful conversation in the 4th of this 5 part Chamber Speaker Series featuring in-depth talks with trailblazers and thought leaders interviewed by President Cliff Fleet.   Our 4th speaker is Tom Barkin.

Mr. Tom Barkin, President and CEO
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Tom Barkin is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He has held this position since 2018. 

Tom serves on the Fed’s chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee, and is also responsible for bank supervision and the Federal Reserve’s technology organization. He is “on the ground” continually in the Fed’s Fifth District, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, D.C., West Virginia and Maryland. His engagement in the region has brought real attention to areas facing economic challenges.  

Prior to joining the Richmond Fed, Tom was a senior partner and CFO at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, where he also oversaw McKinsey’s offices in the southern United States.

 Tom earned his bachelor’s, MBA and law degrees from Harvard University.

Mr. Cliff Fleet, President and CEO
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Named The Colin G. and Nancy N. Campbell Distinguished Presidential Chair in January 2020, Mr. Fleet is a corporate executive, teacher, community volunteer, board member and consultant.

Previously, Mr. Fleet was the president and CEO of the biotechnology firm, 22nd Century Group (where he remains on the Board).  He continues to serve as an adjunct business professor at the College of William & Mary.

Mr. Fleet retired as the president and CEO of Philip Morris USA in 2017, after 21 years at Altria Group, where he held senior leadership roles in marketing, business development, strategy, operations, investor relations and sales.  After leaving PM USA, he advised numerous businesses and nonprofits as a managing partner at SIR, a strategic management consultancy based in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Fleet currently serves as a board member for the Growth4VA (former Vice Chair), founded by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, Chair of the William and Mary Foundation, and a board member for The Omohundro Institute.  He also is a member of the Virginia 250 Commission.

Previously, he served on the board for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (Chair, 2014-2019), the Virginia Repertory Theatre, and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council.

Enhanced Continental Breakfast Buffet:

  • Seasonal Sliced Fruits, Assorted Cereals
  • Breakfast Pastries, Muffins, Sweet Butter and Jams
  • Scrambled Eggs, Virginia Bacon
  • Country-Fried Potatoes

Single Ticket: Open Seating 

  • Members: $55 
  • Prospective Members: $80

Tables of 8: Reservation: Eight Reserved Seats with Company Logo

  •  Members: $500
  •  Prospective Members: $700


Series Tickets:

     Open Seating for each of the breakfasts

  • Members:  $250
  • Prospective Members:  $350

Series Tables:

      Eight Reserved Seats with Company Logo on the Table at each of the breakfasts

  •  Members: $2300
  •  Prospective Members: $3400

Become a sponsor of Commonwealth Conversations: View available sponsorships here, and register online to secure your investment today!

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Williamsburg Lodge
310 S England St
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States
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Lauren Moore
(757) 476-7323
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