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

Tory Burch

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tory Burch LLC

John Lewis

US Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District

Samantha Power

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and Member of President Obama’s Cabinet

Eric Schmidt

Executive Chairman and Former Chief Executive Officer at Google

Ray Kelly

Former New York City Police Department Commissioner

Cobi Jones

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

Ray Allen

Professional Basketball Player and Olympic Gold Medalist

Dr. Eric Kandel

Nobel Prize-winning Neuroscientist and Co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University

General Stan McChrystal

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

Marc Morial

President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League

Zhang Xin

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SOHO China

David Miliband

President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee

Kweku Mandela

Filmaker and President, Out of Africa Entertainment and Co-founder of Africa Rising

Michael Epkenhans

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

David Adjaye

Architect and Designer of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

Bill Ritter

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

Anne Hubert

Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Networks and Head of its Creative Consulting Team

Ian Morris

Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History

Dr. Aya Abe

Director Of Japan's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

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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Nick Bollettieri

Tennis legend Nick Bollettieri has coached 10 number one players throughout his career. The founder of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy discusses innovation in sports and fostering a culture of excellence.

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David Adjaye

The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, opening in 2016, will likely be the last museum built on the National Mall. Its designer, award-winning architect David Adjaye, discusses this project and innovation in architecture.

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Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Deepak Chopra, M.D., co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, as well as founder and chairman of The Chopra Foundation, discusses enlightened leadership and spirituality.

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Mark Kelly

Retired astronaut, retired US Navy Captain and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience, Mark Kelly discusses space exploration and the human desire to explore.

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Christine Loh

An increased focus on environmental sustainability has recently positioned Hong Kong to become a national influencer of change in China. Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment in Hong Kong, discusses how public and private sectors can partner together to effect change.

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The Impact of Technology on Business Relationships

Today’s technology is impacting the way in which we develop personal relationships. The Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone discusses the art of building successful relationships, and Neal Goldman, founder of networking platform Relationship Science, explains how to maximize them through technology.

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Investing in Entrepreneurs

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, along with former CEO of Avon Products, Inc. and current CEO of Grameen America Andrea Jung, discuss the social and economic impact of microfinance.

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Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist of environmental think tank Rocky Mountain Institute, discussed his vision for a sustainable global energy future.

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EU Capital Markets Union

Huw Pill, chief European economist within the Global Investment Research Division at Goldman Sachs, moderated a panel discussion in London exploring the possible creation of an EU Capital Markets Union.

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Dr. Aya Abe

Dr. Aya Abe, a director at Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, discusses the issue of child poverty in Japan.

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The Millennial Effect

Anne Hubert, a senior vice president at Viacom Media Networks and head of its creative consulting team, Scratch, joined Lindsay Drucker Mann, a vice president in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs, to discuss the Millennial generation’s impact on the global economy and culture.

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Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel, former US Secretary of Defense, discussed the evolving geopolitical landscape.

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Samantha Power

Ambassador Samantha Power, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, discusses her current role at the UN, foreign policy and women’s economic empowerment.

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Dr. Eric Kandel

Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel, co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University, discusses the science of learning and memory.

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The New Oil Order

Alastair Maxwell, co-head of Global Energy within the Investment Banking Division, moderated a panel discussion in London exploring the transformation of the global energy landscape, described as the New Oil Order.

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Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman and former chief executive officer at Google, discussed innovation and the evolving digital landscape.

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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland, soloist for American Ballet Theatre, discusses motivation, diversity and breaking barriers.

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“The Power of Words” Film Series Honors Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

In conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Kweku Mandela, along with filmmakers Nabil Elderkin and Tyler Strachan, discuss “The Power of Words,” a film project undertaken by the Tribeca Film Institute, Montblanc and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to honor the legacy of Mandela’s grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

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Marc Morial

Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization, discusses race relations in the United States.

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David Miliband

David Miliband, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), discusses his career in public service and the IRC’s mission to provide relief and development operations in more than 40 countries around the world.

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The Evolution of Bitcoin

Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc., and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz, along with Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, which focuses on public policy issues for digital currency, discussed the evolution of Bitcoin and its long-term potential.

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Daniella Vitale

Daniella Vitale, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Barneys New York, discusses innovation in fashion and the business of luxury retail.

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Admiral William McRaven

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

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Ray Kelly

Former New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Ray Kelly discusses his 50-year career in public service and the intersection of local and international security.

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Linda Rottenberg

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

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Maya Lin

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

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Tory Burch

Tory Burch, founder and chief executive officer of Tory Burch LLC, discusses her career, her foundation’s efforts to promote women entrepreneurs and her first book, Tory Burch: In Color.

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Dr. Cristián Samper

Dr. Cristián Samper, president and chief executive officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), discusses the importance of public-private partnerships, including that between WCS and Goldman Sachs to create the Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

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Women's Ski Jumping USA

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

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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, discusses 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, discusses social entrepreneurship and world hunger.

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Cherie Blair

Barrister and philanthropist Cherie Blair discusses 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, discusses 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 discussed 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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