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Goldman Sachs regularly invites leading thinkers from a broad range of backgrounds to share their views and expertise with our people.

John Lewis

US Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District

General Stan McChrystal

Former Commander of the United States Armed Forces Afghanistan and Founder of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project

Cobi Jones

All-time Leader for Appearances on the U.S. National Soccer Team

Ray Allen

Professional Basketball Player and Olympic Gold Medalist

Zhang Xin

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SOHO China

Michael Epkenhans

Director at the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces

Bill Ritter

Former Governor of Colorado and President of the Center for the New Energy Economy

Ian Morris

Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History

About the program

Talks@GS offers Goldman Sachs people opportunities to learn more about some of the major issues shaping the world today.

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Areas of Expertise

Admiral William McRaven

Admiral William McRaven, former commander of the United States Special Operations Command, discussed leadership, geopolitics and veterans affairs.

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Linda Rottenberg

Linda Rottenberg, founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Endeavor, which identifies and supports high-impact entrepreneurs in developing countries to promote long-term economic growth, discussed the concept of entrepreneurship and the power of taking risks.

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Women's Ski Jumping USA

Members of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, president Deedee Corradini and Olympic teammates Lindsey Van and Sarah Hendrickson, discussed the international growth of the sport.

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Maya Lin

Maya Lin, the architect behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, discussed environmental sustainability and the intersection of art and architecture.

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General Stan McChrystal

General Stan McChrystal, former commander of the United States Armed Forces Afghanistan and founder of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, discussed the current geopolitical landscape and the importance of public service.

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Lauren Bush Lauren

Lauren Bush Lauren, founder, creative director and chief executive officer of FEED Projects, discussed social entrepreneurship and world hunger.

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Cherie Blair

Barrister and philanthropist Cherie Blair discussed her legal career and efforts to empower women.

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William Burns

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, a member of the US Foreign Service since 1982 and former ambassador to both Jordan and Russia, discussed American diplomacy in a changing landscape.

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Dean Kamen

Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen discusses innovation, technology and the importance of science and engineering education.

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John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, US representative of Georgia’s fifth congressional district, shares his experiences as a leader in the civil rights movement in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Ray Allen

Professional basketball player and Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen discusses discipline, leadership and the globalization of basketball.

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David A. Andelman and Dr. Michael Epkenhans

David A. Andelman, editor-in-chief of the World Policy Journal, and Dr. Michael Epkenhans, director at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces, discussed the events of World War I and its legacy, 100 years later.

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John C. Whitehead and Tom Brokaw

Former Goldman Sachs senior partner and co-chairman John C. Whitehead sits down with Tom Brokaw, journalist and author of The Greatest Generation, to discuss the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy and Whitehead’s role as a landing craft commander on D-Day.

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Madeleine Albright

Former US Secretary of State, chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and founder of the Aspen Ministers Forum, Madeleine Albright discussed American foreign policy and breaking boundaries as the first woman to head the US State Department.

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Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP and member of the House of Lords, discusses the energy sector and lessons reflected in his latest book, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good Business, on the importance of an authentic, inclusive environment for LGBT employees in the workplace.

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Zhang Xin

Co-founder and chief executive officer of real estate development company SOHO China, Zhang Xin discusses entrepreneurship and innovations in architecture.

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Soccer in the United States

Three of the greatest advocates for soccer in the United States – Cobi Jones, the all-time leader for appearances on the U.S. national team; Claudio Reyna, former captain of the U.S. national team; and Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation – discuss soccer’s growth across the country and their careers in the sport.

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Christian Chabot

Christian Chabot, co-founder and chief executive officer of data visualization company Tableau Software, discusses recent developments in data analytics.

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Jimmy Nelson

Author and photographer Jimmy Nelson discussed documenting remote and unique cultures through photography in his book, Before They Pass Away.

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Bill Ritter

Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado and president of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), discusses clean energy and the proposals outlined in the CNEE’s recent report, Powering Forward.

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Richard Kurin

Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture Richard Kurin led a conversation about the ongoing preservation of US history.

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John Sexton

New York University President John Sexton discusses the evolution and globalization of higher education.

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Ian Morris

Professor Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard professor of classics and professor of history at Stanford University, spoke about current international conflicts and the role of peacemaking in war throughout history in the context of his most recent book, War! What Is It Good For?

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Christine Bader

Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of the Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, discusses the vital role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in global enterprises.

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Perspectives on the Global Economy

A discussion on the global economy brought together three of Goldman Sachs’ international advisors: Charles de Croisset, Goldman Sachs’ advisor on France; Ian Macfarlane, former governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia; and Bob Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group and chairman of the firm’s international advisors.

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Impact of US Healthcare Reform

For our panel on the impact of healthcare reform in the United States, Goldman Sachs brought together former Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota; Dr. Kenneth Davis, president and chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Dr. Jeffrey Kang, senior vice president of Health and Wellness Services and Solutions at Walgreens.

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General Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), discusses key issues related to national and international security.

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Stanley Nelson

Before the Sundance® premiere of his documentary Freedom Summer on January 22, 2014, Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson spoke at the Goldman Sachs offices in Salt Lake City about the inspiration behind the film.

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Barry Scheck

Barry Scheck is the co-founder of The Innocence Project, which helps exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in the US through DNA testing.

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