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Life After Power with Jared Cohen

Jan 29, 2024


What is it like to transition from one of the most powerful positions in the world, to that of an ordinary citizen? Sharon is joined by presidential historian and New York Times bestselling author, Jared Cohen, to share about what happens when presidents – at the pinnacle of their prestige and influence – leave office. What can we learn about human nature and building a legacy from these past political figures? Join us as we explore Jared’s new book, Life After Power, that confronts the ambiguous question of “what’s next” through the lenses of seven presidents, and how they found meaning in life beyond the White House. 

Special thanks to our guest, Jared Cohen, for joining us today. 


Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux  


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About the Guest:

Jared Cohen is the President of Global Affairs and co-head of the Office of Applied Innovation at Goldman Sachs. He joined as a Partner in 2022 and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the Firmwide Client Franchise Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohen was Chief Executive Officer of Jigsaw, which he founded at Alphabet Inc. in 2016. In this role, his work focused on applying frontier technology to the greatest challenges facing humanity. Prior to that, Mr. Cohen was Google’s first Director of Ideas and Chief Advisor to Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. From 2006 to 2010, he served as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

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