Secretary Elaine Chao


Receiving her Honorary Degree from Georgetown University Former Secretary of Labor Encourages Graduates to Create Value

Saturday, May 16, 2015

During her commencement address on Saturday, May 16, former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao asked the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business class of 2015 to use their business degree to bring value to the world.

“You have completed a rigorous curriculum to prepare yourselves to be entrepreneurs, innovators, and job creators,” she said to a packed house in the McDonough Arena. “You will be the future drivers of wealth creation and increased standards of living for our fellow countrymen and women and, increasingly, people around the world.”

From her travels around the world, Chao said she has seen firsthand that America’s free-enterprise system’s flexibility, transparency, and accountability is admired by many other cultures. She feels that the type of principled leadership taught at Georgetown is an essential asset that will lead to the graduates’ future success.

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