Brandeis International Business School

Former Fed chair Janet Yellen to speak at Brandeis International Business School's 25th-anniversary celebration

Events around globe to culminate with all-alumni reunion in September 2019

Janet Yellen

Former Fed chair Janet Yellen

Brandeis International Business School is kicking off a yearlong global celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary.

The festivities will culminate on Sept. 20-22, 2019, with an all-alumni reunion and event featuring Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve. Yellen will participate in a conversation with Stephen Cecchetti, International Business School professor and holder of the Rosen Family Chair in International Finance.

Graduates of all International Business School classes — more than 3,400 alumni from 115 countries across the globe — are invited to attend this special reunion weekend on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

“We’re excited to celebrate a quarter-century of excellence in global business education,” said International Business School Dean Kathryn Graddy. “Our graduates are leaders in their fields, making a real impact around the world. This is an opportunity to come together as a school and recognize our collective achievements.”

The all-alumni reunion weekend at Brandeis will feature networking events, social activities in the Boston area, a gala and more.

Yellen, who served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2014 to 2018, will be the featured speaker on Sept. 21, 2019. Yellen is currently a distinguished fellow in residence at the Brookings Institution's Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Washington, D.C.

“Janet Yellen is a pioneering economist and policymaker,” said Graddy. “She shattered the glass ceiling on her path to becoming the first-ever woman to lead the Federal Reserve. We are honored to have her take part in our 25th-anniversary celebration.”

The International Business School was established in 1994 as the Graduate School of International Economics and Finance. The school officially changed its name to Brandeis International Business School in 2003.

In an effort to maximize participation throughout the 25th-anniversary celebration, the business school is encouraging alumni to complete a brief survey.

The school is also organizing global and regional reunion committees to help shape programming, planning and outreach efforts. Alumni interested in volunteering on a committee can contact Associate Director of Alumni & External Relations Karen Bonadio at

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