Congresswoman to prioritize worker well-being as key to opening the economy

By News@TheU

Congresswoman to prioritize worker well-being as key to opening the economy

By News@TheU
Donna Shalala, former president of the University of Miami, will discuss efforts to reopen the economy during an online lecture Thursday evening.

Donna Shalala, a congresswoman who served as the University’s president from 2001 to 2015,  will advocate for worker well-being and safety as key to opening the economy in her May 14 lecture, part of the business school’s online leader lecture series.

Shalala—who was Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 2001 during the Clinton administration—returned to Washington in 2019 when she was elected U.S. representative for Florida’s 27th District, which includes the City of Miami and surrounding municipalities in Miami-Dade County. 

While the congresswoman regularly advocates for an array of issues—women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education, public schools, and a clean and sustainable environment—her spokesman said she would in all likelihood direct her lecture to recommendations for safely opening the economy.

“Stabilizing the economy by promoting worker well-being and safety have been the focus of everything we’ve been doing these past few weeks,” said Carlos Condarco, press secretary to the congresswoman.

Shalala serves on both the Rule and Education committees. She was appointed recently to the special Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act congressional committee, charged with overseeing the federal government’s $2 trillion federal stimulus package.

According to Condarco, communicating to businesses how to access the Paycheck Protection Program and keep workers on the payroll while providing for their safety and well-being have been a major focus for the congresswoman. 

To register for the Miami Herbert Business School’s upcoming lecture, visit Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series.