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Why I Left Goldman Sachs

This event is organized by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University.


This event is free and open to the public.

In the spring of 2012, The New York Times published an Op-Ed piece by Greg Smith, who had recently resigned as the head of Goldman Sachs' United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Op-Ed, titled "Why I Left Goldman Sachs," went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society — and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago. Smith's recently published book, Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story, picks up where his Op-Ed left off. 

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Smith graduated from Stanford before going to work for the firm full-time in 2001. He spent his first ten years in the New York headquarters before moving to London in 2011.


Greg Smith

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January 17, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Managment Center
Stanford, CA 94305, USA

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  • Suyash J.

    Can someone post the link to the side deck here?

    January 17, 2013

    • Rob

      There was no Powerpoint presentation. The event was taped and will be broadcast on C-Span. Check your TV listings.

      January 17, 2013

  • Rob

    Greg Smith will be speaking again today at 6 pm at the Stanford Bookstore on campus.

    January 17, 2013

  • Jonathan K.

    I like how he kept it all very high level where anyone can understand the mechanics at work. And to David, it's not the greed he spoke about that needs to be regulated mostly just the extreme short term thinking and asymmetry of information.

    January 17, 2013

  • Rajagopal N

    Would there be a webcast for this event?

    January 16, 2013

    • Rob

      The event will be filmed for C-Span to be broadcast later. Check your TV listings.

      January 17, 2013

  • Maggie R.

    Hi, where would be a good place to park?

    January 17, 2013

  • Jonathan K.

    Anyone headed up from the Campbell area that would let me carpool? Wife has the car today.

    January 17, 2013

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