From growing up in the Midwest to leading Goldman Sachs and then serving his country as Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson offers a unique point of view and a life experience unlike many Americans. With Straight Talk, Hank brings this experience to his conversations with the world’s prominent leaders and thinkers, exchanging a lifetime of stories and lessons from both the private and public sectors. Each episode reveals compelling viewpoints, topical discussion, and behind-the-scenes stories.
A podcast by the Paulson Institute
Episode 27: Joshua Bolten
Joshua Bolten (President & CEO of Business Roundtable and former White House Chief of Staff) joins Hank Paulson to discuss advice for succeeding as White House Chief of Staff, organizing President Bush's efforts to improve public health in Africa, what made Bono the most effective lobbyist he's ever seen, and the new corporate leadership paradigm.
Joshua Bolten: www.businessroundtable.org/about-us/staff/joshua-bolten-president-ceo
Business Roundtable: www.businessroundtable.org/
Episode 26: Don Garber
Don Garber joins Hank Paulson to discuss leaving the NFL to lead the MLS, US soccer’s standing in the world and his vision for the future, how the MLS navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, and key characteristics of great leadership.
Don Garber: www.mlssoccer.com/league/executives/don-garber
Episode 25: Tim Geithner
Tim Geithner (President, Warburg Pincus and 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury) joins Hank to discuss his experience as US Treasury Secretary, lessons learned from prior financial crises, his efforts to combat the global refugee crisis, and his advice for the incoming Biden Administration.
Tim Geithner: warburgpincus.com/team/timothy-f-geithner/
Episode 24: Mitch Daniels
Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, speaks with Hank about leading an effective state government, how Purdue has kept tuition flat, the importance of free speech in higher education, managing a university during the pandemic, and how to best protect American intellectual property and innovation.
Mitch Daniels: www.purdue.edu/president/about/biography.php
Episode 23: Robert Zoellick
Robert Zoellick (11th President of the World Bank and Senior Counselor, Brunswick Group) shares insights on how the United States can lead on international trade, the importance of the World Bank in addressing pressing global issues such as climate change, what is needed for an effective US policy toward a rising China, and his recommendations for the incoming Treasury Secretary.
Robert Zoellick: www.brunswickgroup.com/robert-zoellick-i6777/
Episode 22: Jen Zhu Scott & Paul Triolo
Jen Zhu Scott (Executive Chairman of The Commons Project and Founding Principal of Radian Partners) and Paul Triolo (Geotechnology Head, Eurasia Group and Senior Advisor, MacroPolo) join Hank Paulson to discuss the state of the US-China tech competition, what it means for the future of national security, and what to expect from a Biden administration on technology policy.
Jen Zhu Scott: https://www.weforum.org/people/jennifer-zhu-scott
Paul Triolo: https://www.paulsoninstitute.org/staff/paul-triolo/