The War in Ukraine (Natalie Jaresko)

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Today's guest is Natalie Jaresko, the former Finance Minister of Ukraine.

Natalie grew up near Chicago, the daughter of immigrants who fled Ukraine during the man-made famine of Stalin. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Natalie moved to Ukraine and worked there for 25 years with dreams of transforming it from a communist country to a capitalist market.

She may be best known for her role in helping Ukrainians recover from the financial and humanitarian crisis that followed the annexation of Crimea in 2014. In today's episode she reflects on how the current war in Ukraine will have direct, lasting impacts on the entire world for months and years to come.

Ric and Natalie originally met in Puerto Rico, where Ric is building a new economic growth engine (through Red Ventures Puerto Rico), and where Natalie was most recently tasked with pulling the island out of bankruptcy - restructuring about 64 billion dollars of debt.

This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience, where Natalie reminded us of the tragic realities of war, but more importantly, the power of resilience and hope. Inspired by her words, Ric made a personal commitment to use his platform to help make a difference.

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