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Former Secretary Of Labor Speaking At Sacred Heart University

Elaine Cho
Elaine Cho Photo Credit: Cade Martin

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Elaine L. Chao, the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, will appear at Sacred Heart University in the fifth installment of the ongoing series, “Women Can Have it All."

The event will be on Thursday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in the Forum at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business and Communications Center at the SHU campus in Fairfield.

Chao is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to the Cabinet and is the longest-tenured Secretary of Labor since World War II. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Sacred Heart University in 1991.

Chao and Linda McMahon, founder and CEO of Women’s Leadership LIVE and former CEO of WWE, will share their perspectives on women in leadership. The public is invited to attend.

The series, sponsored by the Jack Welch College of Business, examines how women can balance career, family and personal time. It features conversations with female leaders across a variety of industries and focuses on topics relevant to women in the workplace, such as management, entrepreneurship and launching and changing careers.

“As a CEO, I want to show women there are no limits to what they can achieve, whether through entrepreneurship, government, non-profits, arts, science or any other path they choose,” McMahon said. “And there is plenty of room for women at the top.”

An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of 8 speaking no English, Chao’s experience transitioning to a new country has motivated her to devote most of her professional life to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to build better lives. She has a distinguished career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. As the first Secretary of Labor in the 21st century, she focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy and achieved record results in workplace safety and health.

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