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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Lunch Program
A Moderated Conversation with Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari

Neel Kashkari, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will make some opening comments before a brief moderated conversation. The majority of the program will be dedicated to audience questions.

Neel Kashkari took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Jan. 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the bank, including supervision and regulation, and payments services.

Kashkari began his career as an aerospace engineer at TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he developed technology for NASA space science missions. Following graduate school, he joined Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, where he helped technology companies raise capital and pursue strategic transactions.

From 2006 to 2009, Kashkari served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2008, he was confirmed as assistant secretary of the Treasury. In this role, he oversaw the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) during the financial crisis. Kashkari received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department’s highest honor for distinguished service.

Following his tenure in Washington, Kashkari returned to California in 2009 and joined PIMCO as managing director and member of the executive office. He left the firm in 2013 to explore returning to public service.

In January 2014, Kashkari was a gubernatorial candidate in the state of California, running on a platform focused on economic opportunity.

Kashkari earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

(Source: The Minneapolis Fed's Website)

View Video: YouTube with Neel Kashkari

Food for Thought: Podcast with Neel Kashkari

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Lunch Program
This Creative Life: How to Survive and Succeed without Breaking Your Heart and Losing Your Mind
Gabriela Pereira

Here’s the secret no one tells you: survival (and also success) as a creative entrepreneur has little to do with talent or technique, it’s all about mindset and attitude. In her talk, Gabriela Pereira shares her experiences as founder of and discusses mindset shifts that have helped her succeed in her career. Her talk will energize and inspire, and also give you tools you can apply to find that elusive work-life balance.

Gabriela Pereira is a writer, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who challenges students to find their voice and use their words for the power of good. As the founder and instigator of, her mission is to empower writers, artists, and other creative individuals to take an entrepreneurial approach to professional growth.

Pereira earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences and regional workshops, as well as online. She also hosts DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews bestselling authors. Her book DIY MFA: WRITE WITH FOCUS, READ WITH PURPOSE, BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY is out now from Writer’s Digest Books. When she’s not teaching or developing new courses, Gabriela enjoys writing humor essays, middle grade and teen fiction, and a few "short stories for grown-ups" thrown in for good measure. A New Yorker born and raised, she lives in her beloved city with her husband, two kids, and office cat.

Ms. Pereira Athenaeum's talk is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children at CMC.