Henry Paulson Jr.

Former Secretary of the Treasury, 1964 Barrington High School alumnus and current Barrington Hills resident, Henry Paulson, Jr., will speak at BHS on Thursday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are available now but seating is limited. Paulson is honored as this year’s BHS Alumni Legend, and will be interviewed by Jack Train, his longtime friend and fellow BHS alumnus. Attendees will hear Paulson speak on his experiences in business, government, and conservation.

Guests may also purchase tickets to a private dinner with Paulson, which will be held at the Barrington Hills Country Club following his talk at BHS. The fundraising dinner will benefit the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, which supports District 220 schools by “enhancing, enriching and supplementing learning opportunities for students, staff, and community.”

Henry Paulson Jr.
Henry Paulson Jr.

Barrington 220 Educational Foundation chairperson Donna Penyak says, “We’re thrilled that Mr. Paulson has agreed to be this year’s featured “Alumni Legends” speaker. We created the Alumni Legends series to give current high school students and the community the opportunity to listen, learn from and be inspired by the experiences of notable BHS alumni who have gone on to achieve success in their chosen fields.”

Penyak says that the event, which is being supported, in part, by BMO Private Bank, is open to the public. She’s hopeful that many students will “take the opportunity to hear from someone who, like them, once walked the same halls of Barrington High School and dreamed about what they’d like to be when they grew up.”

Henry “Hank” Paulson, Jr., served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009.

Henry Paulson Jr. with President George W. Bush
Henry Paulson Jr. with President George W. Bush

Prior to his years in Washington, D.C., Paulson rose through the ranks at the global investment firm Goldman Sachs, eventually becoming the firm’s Chief Executive Officer in 1999. He held the CEO position until he was tapped for the Secretary of the Treasury role.

Henry Paulson, Jr., at Dartmouth College
Henry Paulson, Jr., at Dartmouth College

As a student at BHS, Paulson was a standout athlete, excelling on both the wrestling mat and the football field.

He went on to Dartmouth College, where as an English major he earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa and was an All-East, All-Ivy defensive lineman.

After receiving his B.A., he went on to Harvard University to receive his Masters of Business Administration.

Today, Paulson serves as chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which aims to promote sustainable economic growth, create a cleaner environment and advance cross-border investment in the United States and China. Founded in 2011, the Institute’s work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe.

Paulson serves as co-chairman of the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy.

He also co-chairs the Risky Business Project with Michael R. Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.

Risky Business, which is an initiative created to explore the economic risks of climate change in the United States, recently published a report showing particular vulnerabilities in the areas of coastal property and infrastructure, agriculture and energy.

Paulson and his wife, renowned conservationist and frequent 365Barrington contributor, Wendy Paulson, reside in Barrington Hills and Chicago. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.


Interview with Henry Paulson, Jr.
6:00 pm | BHS | $10, $25 or $50 per person (prices based on tiered seating)
Click here to purchase ticket(s) for interview at BHS 

Private Dinner with Mr. Paulson
7:30 pm | Barrington Hills Country Club| $1,000 per person
To purchase, email Kelly Henry at tickets220foundation@gmail.com.

Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early!

For more information about the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, visit 220Foundation.org.


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