FORA.tv Speaker - Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao served as the 24th Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009. The first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a presidential cabinet, she was also the longest-tenured Secretary
of Labor since World War II and the only member of President Bush’s original cabinet to have served all eight years of his administration.
Secretary Chao’s distinguished career spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors. During her time leading the Department of Labor, she focused on improving worker training programs to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. workforce in the global economy and set new records in worker health and safety. Prior to joining the Bush administration, she was president and CEO of United Way of America, where she restored public trust to the organization after it had been tarnished
by financial abuse and mismanagement. As director of the Peace Corps, she established the first Corps programs in the Baltic states and the newly-independent countries of the former Soviet Union. Her previous government service includes time as the deputy secretary of transportation and chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Secretary Chao earned an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College, her MBA from Harvard Business School, and has been recognized with numerous awards for her public service record, including 34 honorary degrees. She is married to the Republican Leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell.
11.07.12 | 00:33:03 min
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