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Chief Executive Leadership Institute Honors Janet Yellen

Yellen will accept the Legend in Leadership Award of Yale SOM's Chief Executive Leadership Institute on March 20 at a ceremony at the CEO Caucus in Washington, D.C.

Janet Yellen, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2014 to 2018 and distinguished fellow in residence at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, will accept the Legend in Leadership Award of the Yale School of Management’s  Chief Executive Leadership Institute on March 20 at a ceremony at the CEO Caucus in Washington, D.C.

 The award will be presented to Dr. Yellen by the Honorable Gina M. Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, and Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott. Caucus organizer Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management, commented:

“As the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen did not set out to shatter glass ceilings or to be a feminist heroine—but she has and is.  She previously served on the Board of Governors of the Fed, served as president of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco, and held various other key policy leadership roles. She has boldly addressed vexing financial system issues from banking to bitcoin with transparency, wisdom, and fairness, helping to guide global financial soundness and stability. She has received well-earned praise from economists across ideologies, political leaders across parties, and CEOs across sectors. As George Mason University economist Scott Summer commented, her performance at the Fed was ‘near perfection!’”

The Legend in Leadership Award was created 25 years ago to honor current and former CEOs who serve as living legends to inspire chief executives across industries, sectors, and nations. Past recipients include: Mary T. Barra, chairman and chief executive of General Motors Company; Brian Moynihan, chairman and CEO, Bank of America; David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman, The Carlyle Group; Leonard S. Schleifer, president and CEO, and George D. Yancopoulos, president and chief scientific officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast; Marillyn Hewson CEO of Lockheed Martin; Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; and Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck. A full list of recipients can be found online.

The caucus theme is “Guiding Your Business Efforts to the Rule of Law vs the Law of Rulers.” Distinguished global corporate leaders from across industries will engage in lively, candid discussions at this invitation-only leaders’ conference hosted by the Yale School of Management.

 Caucus participants include Darius Adamczyk, CEO, Honeywell; Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. trade representative; Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase; Dan Flaherty, CEO, Varidesk; Alex Gorsky, CEO,  Johnson & Johnson; Suzanne Greco, Subway Restaurants; Marillyn Hewson, CEO, Lockheed Martin; Carla Hills, 5th secretary, HUD; Farooq Kathwari, CEO, Ethan Allan; Rich Kramer, CEO, Goodyear; Tamara Lundgren, CEO, Schnitzer Steel; Ken Moelis, CEO, Moelis & Co.; Stuart Miller, CEO, Lennar; Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state  from 2010 to 2017; Stefano Pessina, CEO, Walgreens Boots; Nick Pinchuk, CEO, Snap-On; Gina Raimondo, governor, Rhode Island; Gary Reedy, CEO, American Cancer Society; David Rubenstein, co-executive chairman and co-founder, Carlyle Group; Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director; Stephen Schwarzman, CEO,  Blackstone; Tim Sloan, CEO, Wells Fargo; Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott; Randall Stephenson, CEO, AT&T Inc.; Joe Straus, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 2009 to 2019; and Mark Weinberger, CEO, EY.

Conference partners include Edelman, Evercore, EY, Korn Ferry, PepsiCo, UPS, Central Asset Investments, and CNBC.

 The Chief Executive Leadership Institute was founded in 1989 to provide original research on top leadership and lively, current educational forums through peer-driven learning for accomplished leaders across a range of sectors. For more information, visit