Today on Jewish Money Matters Podcast, I’m in conversation with Jon Hilsenrath, author of the new book Yellen: The Trailblazing Economist Who Navigated an Era of Upheaval. As Treasury Secretary, former Federal Reserve Chairwoman and Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Janet Yellen was one the most powerful women in American economic history. Award-winning economics writer and author, Jon Hilsenrath shares insights and lessons about her life. How she broke through the many ceilings she encountered as one of the few women in a very male dominated field. Her marriage with Nobel Laureate George Akerlof, and the story that relationship tells about American economic history. Yellen’s upbringing as the child of immigrants. Lessons in making career choices, both from Yellen’s upbringing and from Jon’s father, a Holocaust survivor, that we’ll want to take to heart ourselves and impart to our children. And ultimately, why did Janet Yellen take the job as Secretary of Treasury at such a tumultuous time in US economic history?
More about Jon Hilsenrath: He is a senior writer for the Wall Street Journal, where he has been since 1997, reporting from Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2014 for his coverage of the Federal Reserve; part of a team of 2009 Pulitzer finalists for coverage of the global financial crisis; and contributed on-the-scene reporting from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, which helped the WSJ win a Pulitzer in 2002.