Dr. Janet L. Yellen

Dr. Janet L. Yellen

Former Chair of the Federal Reserve

Monday, May 21 @ 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Janet L. Yellen is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. She served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2014 through February 2018. Before that, she served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors and, from 2004 to 2010, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Dr. Yellen previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from August 1994 through February 1997, whereupon she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, a post she held until August 1999.

Dr. Yellen has written on a wide variety of macroeconomic issues, specializing in the causes, mechanisms and implications of unemployment. She began her career as an assistant professor at Harvard University and then served as an economist with the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors before joining the faculty of the London School of Economics in 1978. In 1980 she joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where she was named the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business and Professor of Economics, and where she is currently a professor emeritus.

Dr. Yellen graduated from Brown University in 1967 and received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1971. She received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale in 1997, honorary degrees from Brown, Bard College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Warwick and Yale. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served as President of the Western Economic Association, Vice President of the American Economic Association, and a fellow of the Yale Corporation. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly

Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly

America's unequivocal symbols of leadership, courage, and perseverance

Tuesday, May 22 @ 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Distinguished public servants and models of strength and dedication Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly reveal how courage, optimism and hope can help you triumph over the most daunting adversities.

Kelly, a retired American astronaut and U.S. Navy captain, and Giffords, a former state legislator and U.S. Congresswoman, represent the very essence of American service and heroism. Ever since an assassination attempt severely wounded Giffords in 2011, the couple has inspired the world with their story of hope and courage in the wake of tragedy, serving as a symbol for the possibility of second chances.

Giffords and Kelly radiate warmth and unity as they bring audiences inside their moving journey and share inspiration for summoning courage through tough times and on the path to new goals. They leave listeners with a new appreciation for the tenacity of those who refuse to be defeated, and the motivation to face and overcome any challenge with passion, bravery and their very best.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Super Bowl - winning quarterback and two-time NFL MVP

Tuesday, May 22 @ 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Aaron Charles Rodgers, is quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Rodgers played college football at Butte College, before receiving a scholarship to play for the University of California, and was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft by the Packers.

After taking over in 2008, he quickly proved that he was one of the best quarterbacks in the league by passing for more than 4,000 yards and throwing for 28 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. In 2010, Rodgers led Green Bay to a victory in Super Bowl XLV, where he was named Super Bowl MVP. The following season, the Packers had one of the most dynamic offenses in NFL history — driven by Rodgers' 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The team went 15-1, and he was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 2011 and league MVP by the Associated Press. He would later go on to win the 2014 league MVP award after throwing for 38 touchdowns and 4,381 yards with just five interceptions. He set an NFL record for most consecutive pass attempts (512) at home without an interception that season. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl six times.

Rodgers is the co-creator and founder, with David Gruber, of itsAaron, a foundation with a mission of creating awareness for organizations and people who are changing the world. He is also a strong supporter of the MACC Fund, Raise Hope for Congo, and other humanitarian and charitable efforts.