Falcon Executive Speaker Series
The Theresa Falcon Executive Speaker Series is an extraordinary opportunity for EMBA participants and the Peoria community to learn from internationally known speakers, scholars, and business leaders. These leaders will challenge their audience to think differently as they share their expertise and experiences.
The series commenced on August 28, 2009, with inaugural speaker Elaine L. Chao, who served as the United States Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush. The 24th Labor Secretary is the first Asian Pacific American woman ever appointed to a president’s Cabinet in our nation’s history. During her tenure, the department accomplished historic achievements, including updating the white-collar overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the most significant regulatory tort reform of President Bush’s first term. Secretary Chao’s distinguished career has spanned the public, private, and non–profit sectors, including president and chief executive officer of United Way of America, director of the Peace Corps, serving as deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, deputy Maritime administrator in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and White House Fellow. Chao currently is a member of the Board of the Institute of Politics at Harvard.