PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Janet Yellen, the vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board, will be the opening keynote speaker April 4 at the 50th anniversary conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).
Yellen, second in command at the nation’s central bank, will open the annual conference at the Marvin Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The educational event will go over three days – April 4-6, 2013 – and feature keynote speakers from government and business, panel discussions and skills sessions. It will culminate in a special gala program as SABEW commemorates 50 years as the largest and oldest fraternity of business and financial journalists in the world.
The Federal Reserve has been in the news for its aggressive use of quantitative easing and other measures to stimulate the flagging economy following the so-called Great Recession. Yellen began a four-year term as vice chair of the Fed board in October 2010; her term as a Fed governor runs through 2024.
“We’re thrilled to have such a big-name economic thinker open our conference, especially since a former Fed chairman addressed our first conference so many decades ago,” said Jill Jorden Spitz, president of SABEW.
Prior to joining the Fed, Yellen was president and CEO of the 12th District Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. She also is former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
A graduate of Brown, her education stints include appointments at Yale, Bard, Harvard and the London School of Economics. She has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues, specializing in the causes, mechanisms and implications of unemployment.
She joins a strong cast of speakers, including:
· Robert Tanenbaum, a principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team, the surprise success of the 2012 season.
· David Callaway, editor-in-chief of USA Today.
· Steve Landefeld, director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
· Chris Hendricks, vice president of digital media, McClatchy Newspapers.
· Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks, a provider of data on privately held companies.
More speakers and panelists will be announced soon, along with subjects for an extensive schedule of skills training.
Teaching sessions and social events will be held at GWU’s Marvin Center, in the Foggy Bottom area of the District of Columbia.
Registration is available by visiting: www.sabew.org