Brooksley Born

  • May 28, 2009

    Brooksley Born (right) is a trailblazer for women in the legal field and a member of the ACS Board of Advisers. Her recent profile in The Washington Post outlines Born's rise to prominence and examines her early warnings about a financial crisis founded in derivatives trading.

    "A little more than a decade ago, Born foresaw a financial cataclysm, accurately predicting that exotic investments known as over-the-counter derivatives could play a crucial role in a crisis much like the one now convulsing America," reports The Post. "Her efforts to stop that from happening ran afoul of some of the most influential men in Washington."

    Friends nudge the woman who saw the catastrophe coming.

    They want Brooksley Born to say four words, four simple words: "I told you so."

    Ah, but she won't -- not at legal conferences or dinner parties. Not even in a quiet moment in her living room, giving her first interview with a major news organization since last fall's economic collapse.

    She just smiles, perched ever so properly in an upholstered armchair at her Kalorama home.

    "More coffee?" she asks daintily, changing the subject.