Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, Speaks to Students Attending LeadAmerica's National Leadership Summit in Washington DC

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Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, spoke to high school and middle school students attending the National Leadership Summit. The audience of teenage leaders was attending the leadership conference, sponsored by LeadAmerica.

In the current state of anxiety surrounding the present and future viability of the US economy, Secretary Chao provided first hand insight and penetrating analysis on issues as divergent as international trade relations and the minimum wage

Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, spoke to an audience of middle and high school students at the National Leadership Summit held in Washington, DC. The students were attending the youth leadership program sponsored and run by LeadAmerica.

Secretary Chao emphasized the importance of teens developing their leadership skills and leading in the coming decades. She shared her life story, beginning with her arrival in the United Sates at the age of 8. She could not speak English and her father, after working three jobs, would translate the notes she copied each day at school. Chao explained how she came to become the first Asian American woman cabinet member in the history of the United States, and the longest serving Secretary of Labor since World War II.

"In the current state of anxiety surrounding the present and future viability of the US economy, Secretary Chao provided first hand insight and penetrating analysis on issues as divergent as international trade relations and the minimum wage," said Andrew Potter, Associate Director of Academics for LeadAmerica. "In an election season where the economy often becomes a politicized enigma, students at LeadAmerica's National Leadership Summit received an inside perspective that was both illuminating and refreshing."

Secretary Chao defended the importance of trade and explained the challenges that protectionism could pose for the U.S. economy. Using the Chinese economy as an example, she spoke of the necessity of a business environment that includes low corporate taxation and minimal regulation to allow it to act freely in the global business environment.

Chao spoke to teenage leaders at the National Leadership Summit, a program for middle and high school students, focusing on the leadership at the national level. Students learned to confront pressing issues facing our nation, build support for real-world issues and create platforms to support their positions. As part of the experiential learning environment of the conference, students meet national, state and local leaders.

About LeadAmerica:
LeadAmerica is the nation's premier youth leadership organization. With a commitment to providing quality leadership education, LeadAmerica empowers teenage leaders and instills in them ethical and principled leadership values, attitudes and skills. Each of its high school conferences is college-accredited and its programs are approved activities of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. LeadAmerica sponsors the Congressional Student Leadership Conference for high school students, the National Junior Leaders Conference for middle and junior high school students, Ambassadors Abroad international study programs in China, Australia and Europe, and Washington Summer Scholars, a college-level academic program held in partnership with American University.

More information about LeadAmerica can be found at http://www.lead-america.org.

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