The nation’s 24th Secretary of Labor and the first Asian American woman appointed to a president’s cabinet in US history. After arriving in the United States at the age of eight speaking no English, Elaine Chao’s experience transitioning to a new country inspired her to dedicate her life to ensuring that workers have the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Under her leadership, the US Department of Labor achieved record results in protecting the health, safety, wage, and retirement security of the nation’s workforce. As the first Secretary of Labor in the 21st century, Elaine L. Chao increased focus on improving the competitiveness of America’s workforce and the quality of their lives.
As president and CEO of United Way of America, she restored public trust and confidence in one of our country’s largest institutions of private charitable giving after it had been tainted by controversy. As director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programs in the Baltic nations and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
The longest-serving US Secretary of Labor since World War II, Elaine Chao will offer an analysis of labor statistics for most of the past decade, while giving an economic forecast on jobs, workforce legislation and important bills that will be enacted in 2011. Ms. Chao will provide in-depth analysis on the employment situation and the recovering
US economy while interlacing current economic indicators, world events, policy developments, and insights gleaned during discussions with leaders at home and abroad.