Fed vice chair to speak at SABEW conference

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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.

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.

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