Dr. Janet L Yellen to open 2019 NIC Fall Conference

June 11, 2019

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NIC is pleased to announce that Dr. Janet Yellen, the first-ever woman to be appointed chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will address the opening general session of the 2019 NIC Fall Conference at 8:00 AM on Thursday, September 12.  

The seniors housing and care sector will likely feel the influence of numerous economic forces in coming years, ranging from interest rates and the shape of the yield curve to the varying impacts of the global economy on regional economies across the United States. Macro-economic trends will influence domestic policy, the regulatory environment, labor markets, the healthcare sector, and other factors that decision makers will be watching closely. 

Perhaps no individual is in a better position to inform and provoke insight on these economic drivers than Dr. Yellen, who served as the “active executive officer” of the U.S. Federal Reserve System from 2014 to 2018. Prior to her four-year term as chair, Dr. Yellen served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and, from 2004 to 2010, as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. 

The general session will feature a discussion with Dr. Yellen, moderated by Kathleen Hays, the Global Economics and Policy Editor for Bloomberg Television and Radio. Ms. Hays is one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country, having covered the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve, and global economy trends for nearly 30 years on television and radio, and in the print and electronic media. Attendees will be treated to an exchange focused on the economic topics relevant to the seniors housing and care sector – and will hear how the former Federal Reserve Board chair views the economic environment.   

While serving as a member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (1994–1997), Dr. Yellen was appointed by President Bill Clinton as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. From 1997 to 1999, she also chaired the Economic Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Earlier in her career, she served as an economist with the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. 

Although most famous as an economic policy-maker, Dr. Yellen has also enjoyed an accomplished career in academia. She was an assistant professor at Harvard University (1971–1976) and a lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (1978–1980). 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. Currently, she is a professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business. 

NIC looks forward to welcoming Dr. Yellen as our opening keynote speaker, and to continue a tradition of bringing the most eminent, experienced, and accomplished persons in business, economics, and policy-making to share their considerable insights with attendees of our Fall Conference.  

General Registration for the 2019 NIC Fall Conference is now open.