2015 Thomas Willis Lambeth Lecture
“Extreme Inequality: Is it Really a Problem?”
October 1, 2015
Martin Eakes, co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending, which provides consumer financial services, technical support and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream provided the 8th annual Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy. A native of North Carolina, he is a nationally recognized expert on development finance. He has been a champion of economic empowerment for women, low-income, rural and minority communities, and has worked throughout his career to ensure that all Americans have equal access to the American Dream. He was selected in 2011 as one of 12 recipients of the Ford Foundation’s Visionaries Award for his contributions to creating financial opportunities for the poor. He also has been honored as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and in 2009 by the Opportunity Finance Network which presented him with the Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Lending. Mr. Eakes holds a law degree from Yale, a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.
The Lambeth Lectureship was endowed in 2006 to bring to campus speakers who are distinguished practitioners and/or scholars of public policy, particularly those whose work touches on the fields of education, ethics, democratic institutions, and civic engagement.
The program can be found here.