Speaker's Biography:

Richard Socarides
Head of Public Affairs, GLG

Richard Socarides is head of public affairs at GLG, the world's largest membership-based network for professional learning and expertise. Socarides oversees media, communications and government relations. Previously, he served as White House special assistant and senior advisor to President Bill Clinton. Socarides also worked on Capitol Hill as special assistant to Sen. Tom Harkin, and in senior corporate roles - in media at Time Warner, entertainment at New Line Cinema and technology at AOL. A lawyer by training, Socarides was formerly a partner in the New York City law firm Squadron, Ellenoff. He is also a writer and regular contributor to The New Yorker and a frequent social and political commentator on television. A longtime gay-rights advocate, he has served on the boards of several leading gay-rights organizations. Socarides is a trustee of the State University of New York and Antioch College, which he attended.

Twitter: @Socarides