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Neel Kashkari

Read the following:
“How to Build Your Network” by Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap
Harvard Business Review article, no. R0512B

Conduct an information interview using the instructions of the above article document readings.

Informational Interviewing Tutorial. Accessed August 12, 2009, at:

Try to identify an information broker or superconductor (explained in Uzzi & Dunlap article) and conduct an information interview with her or him. If you are interested in changing your job or advancing, this is a wonderful opportunity. If you aren't interested in these, find someone in a career that you find interesting, explain to your interviewee that you are doing this for a class or a gropu of coworkers, and that you need to act as if you are interested in exploring his or her career.

1. The person's name, position and organization

2. Why you chose this person to interview

3. Your interview questions

4. What happened in the interview

5. The names of at least two people you were referred to

6. The person's reaction to your resume

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Yesterday I was reading an article about Neel Kashkari, former Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability. He is a young man, in his mid 30s, and in the Fall of 2008 was made the boss of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) commonly called the bank bailout program. He was handling the distribution and use of $700 billion! Given that I come from the field of Economics and that this person had the most important job in the field for 7 months, before he finally resigned in May 2009, this was the person that first came to my mind for an interview. Right now Neel is taking some time off from all the rigours of Washington DC, and is busy building a cabin in the Pacific Northwest and working on his health. He calls his plan Washington Detox!

Name: Neel Kashkari
Position: Former Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability
Organization: Formerly Goldman Sachs, and the Department of Treasury. Currently on leave.

Reasons for choosing this person for an interview:
1. He was the most important man in the country for close to 7 months, handling the bailout of the banks. In case he failed at his job the economy would have been in doldrums for years to come. The fact that banks are still alive can be attributed partly to the work that he and his team did at the Treasury.
2. He is a young Mogul, rising up the ...

Solution Summary

Neel Kashkari is featured.