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 13: Josh Tyrangiel
Hank speaks with journalist and producer Josh Tyrangiel about the evolving media landscape, coverage of the pandemic and the 2020 election, and his new HBO film on cyber warfare and misinformation - "The Perfect Weapon."
The Perfect Weapon on HBO: https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-perfect-weapon
Episode 12: Ruth Porat
Ruth Porat (Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google) joins Hank Paulson to discuss tech's role in sustainability, how Google has responded to COVID and the challenges facing minority-owned businesses, the power of AI to democratize health care, and lessons learned during the 2008 financial crisis.
Ruth Porat: https://blog.google/perspectives/ruth-porat/
Episode 11: Charlene Barshefsky
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Senior International Partner at WilmerHale and former Chief Trade Negotiator and Principal Trade Policymaker for the United States, joins Hank to discuss the importance of trade in boosting the American economy, what has changed since China was welcomed into the WTO in 2001, and how the US can chart a path forward.
Charlene Barshefsky: wilmerhale.com/en/people/charlene-barshefsky
Episode 10: Ginni Rometty
Hank speaks with business executive and longtime friend Ginni Rometty about what she learned while leading IBM, the role of corporations in addressing the challenges of 2020, and her advice for young women in business.
Ginni Rometty: ibm.com/about/ginni/
Episode 9: Elizabeth Economy & Michael Pillsbury
Hank welcomes Elizabeth Economy, Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution & Senior Fellow for China Studies at CFR, and Michael Pillsbury, Director for Chinese Strategy at Hudson Institute, to Straight Talk. They discuss how US-China ties have evolved in recent years, Xi Jinping's ambitions, and where the Sino-American relationship is headed.
Elizabeth Economy: hoover.org/profiles/elizabeth-economy
Elizabeth's books: https://amzn.to/36xqqmy
Michael Pillsbury: https://michaelpillsbury.net/
Episode 8: Tom Lovejoy & Jennifer Morris
Hank is joined by Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, and Tom Lovejoy, United Nations Foundation Senior Fellow, to discuss what inspired their passion for conservation, the need to address the biodiversity crisis, and the launch of Financing Nature, a landmark report from the Paulson Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Cornell's Atkinson Center.
Jennifer Morris: nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/latin-america/latin-america-conservation-council/members/jennifer-morris/
Tom Lovejoy: unfoundation.org/who-we-are/our-people/thomas-lovejoy/
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Hank Paulson is a National Treasure
Hank Paulson is a NATIONAL TREASURE and so is this Podcast. Highly Recommend!
Secretary Paulson has an incredible roster of guests, and his interviews are fascinating, deep dives into a range of public/foreign policy issues. Highly recommend.