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Distinguished Speaker Series – Henry Paulson

The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

(Visit Pasadena) – Henry Paulson will be on stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. The former Treasury Secretary will be in conversation with Geoffrey Colvin, Fortune Magazine Editor.

Henry Paulson

Henry Paulson served as the 74th secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 2006-2009. He was CEO of Goldman Sachs from 1999-2006 and also chairman of the Nature Conservancy. In his role as Treasury Secretary, he steered the U.S. through a turbulent era in economic history, and as Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs he lead the unparalleled growth, in the Pentagon and White House he helped end the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The former Treasury secretary, through the Paulson Institute, has worked on linking the gap between the U.S. and China. Hu Jintao, China’s current leader, asked Henry Paulson to be his guide when he visited the New York Stock Exchange and Ground Zero. As proof of the role Goldman Sachs played in helping China practice with private enterprise. Forward to four years later, now Treasury Secretary, from a different view he was looking at the world’s second largest economy and fastest modernizing military. Unlike any foreigner, Paulson had dealt with China. When he was head of Goldman Sachs, he had an essential role in opening up China to private enterprise. The Strategic Economic Dialogue was created with the world’s second largest economy. He has negotiated on economic reforms with China, while safeguarding the U.S. financial system. Paulson has worked with many top Chinese leaders, like Xi Jinping.

Henry Paulson is a Graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his M.B.A from Harvard University. He has served as Chairman of The Peregrine Fund, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy. He was also Co Chairman of its Asia Pacific Council.


Series tickets range from $260 for a mini-series of four speakers to premier seating at $434 for all seven evenings. Tickets are only sold in subscription packages to the entire seven speakers or a mini-series of four speakers (there are restrictions with this package). Series tickets are available for sale in both packages. Individual tickets are not available.

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Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California was established in 1996, it is a subscription series of speakers. Audiences are exposed to the thoughts and insights of prolific leaders. These distinguished speakers share with the audience their unique experiences and perspectives on a wide variety of topics – from world affairs & politics, to history & the environment, to books & authors, to business & economics, to the Arts & entertainment. The series consists of seven evenings beginning in October and concluding in May.

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