Recognized with innumerable awards for her public and community service, Secretary Chao is the recipient of 36 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the globe. A popular speaker, she is currently a Distinguished Fellow at an educational and research institute in Washington, D.C. where she works on jobs, employment, and U. S. competitiveness issues.

She was a Fox News Contributor and Time Opinion Online Contributor. She currently serves on a number of nonprofit and corporate boards including the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Ford’s Theatre; American Action Forum; Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and Harvard Business School Board of Global Advisors for the Asia Pacific region.