Janet L. Yellen
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Janet L. Yellen

Chair, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (2014–2018)

A steadfast policymaker, an advocate for jobs and an economics trailblazer, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen offers candid insights into global and domestic monetary policy and economic trends.

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A Conversation with Dr. Janet L. Yellen

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.

Meet Janet L. Yellen

A steadfast policymaker, an advocate for jobs and an economics trailblazer, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen offers candid insights into global and domestic monetary policy and economic trends.

Janet L. Yellen assumed her position as chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System during the recovery of the economy from the financial crisis. As the first woman to serve as head of the central bank, she oversaw a period of strong job growth and the start of monetary policy normalization. During her tenure, under both the Obama and Trump Administrations, Dr. Yellen helped sustain a period of economic prosperity in the U.S.—the stock markets outperformed the rest of the world, inflation remained stable and the unemployment rate declined, which was of utmost importance under her leadership. Dedicated to reducing unemployment and helping average Americans prosper, she visited job-training centers to learn firsthand the challenges faced by the nation’s workforce and advocated for job-training programs so that American workers could attain the skills needed for in-demand jobs. Under her watch, the U.S. experienced the third-longest economic expansion in history. Throughout her distinguished career at the Federal Reserve, including serving as vice chair of the Board of Governors (2010–2014) and president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2004–2010), Dr. Yellen championed for cautious monetary policy and encouraged more transparency and communication in government. Previously, she was a member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton and an economics professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a professor emeritus. Dr. Yellen is distinctively positioned to provide audiences a unique and seasoned perspective on global and domestic financial markets and the current economic landscape. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Brookings Institution think tank.

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