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Janet Yellen    

78th United States Secretary of the Treasury; World-Renowned Economist; Former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Janet Yellen is an economist at the Brookings Institution who served as the Chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. Yellen was the first woman to ever hold that position, and she is notable for having broken down many of the gender barriers in the field of economics.

Prior to becoming the Chair of the Reserve, she took office as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 2010.

Prior to her appointment as Vice Chair, Yellen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Twelfth District Federal Reserve Bank, at San Francisco.

Yellen is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley where she was the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and Professor of Economics and has been a faculty member since 1980.

Yellen took leave from Berkeley for five years starting August 1994. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System through February 1997 and then left the Federal Reserve to become chair of the Council of Economic Advisers through August 1999. She also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 1999.

Yellen is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as President of the Western Economic Association, Vice President of the American Economic Association and a Fellow of the Yale Corporation.

Yellen graduated summa cum laude from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1967 and received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1971. She received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale in 1997, an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown in 1998, and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Bard College in 2000.

An Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1971 to 1976, Yellen served as an Economist with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 1977 and 1978, and on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1978 to 1980.

Yellen has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues while specializing in the causes, mechanisms, and implications of unemployment.

Yellen is married and has an adult son.

Speech Topics

In a very thoughtful conversation, Dr. Janet L. Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, shares unique insights into global and domestic monetary policy and economic trends. A renowned economist and policymaker, and the first woman to lead the central banking system, Dr. Yellen speaks candidly on the economic climate in the U.S. and globally in this moderated event.


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