What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am a Vice President in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs, where I am the Americas Franchise Manager for Fixed Income Sales. In my role, I focus on business development by managing large-scale global change initiatives through implementing people management and franchise design strategies.
I spend a large amount of time focusing on retention and promotion of sales professionals and work very closely with global senior Partners across the Fixed Income business, the Chief Operating Officer of Global Sales as well as our business partners in the Human Capital Management (HCM) division of the organization. In addition, I am the Chief of Staff for the Americas Securities Division Women's Network, where I play an integral part of our various pillars – Leadership, Networking and Recruitment, Retention and Advancement.
I started my career as a Marketing analyst within the Asset Management business at Citigroup. After a short stint, I realized that I wanted to work on analytics and initiatives related to people development and was presented with an opportunity in HCM at Goldman Sachs where I started as a senior analyst in the compensation team. Over the years, I did various short term assignments within the organization to continue expanding my horizons and network. I moved into my current role in 2010 and am proud to say this is my 10th year at Goldman Sachs. Although my career has always been in the Financial services industry, it has most definitely taken a few turns and I think it is very important to keep myself positioned for the right opportunities.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The most challenging aspects of my current job are generating buy-in from all of my stakeholders on different initiatives and addressing change. I work in a very dynamic, fast paced industry with varying personalities, so getting everyone on board for a long term view can often times be challenging.
What is your proudest achievement?
I am proud of being able to come out stronger as I go on with life. Life can be extremely challenging with many ups and downs, but it is key to get up, keep going, face the curve balls that get thrown at you both personally and professionally, take advantage of every opportunity that gets presented to you and emerge ever successful.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
I admire my parents above all. As immigrants from India, they are my role models in many ways - they taught me the meaning of integrity, discipline, sacrifice and hard work – the sacrifice that taught me to be content with enough and to give generously; the discipline that kept me focused and forced me to make goal oriented decisions and the immigrant work ethic that stands to be emulated. They are the reason I am who I am today. I also admire leaders who are inspiring, motivating and are able to bring people up through the rungs of the ladder. One of my favorite quotes is from Gandhi – “ Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In the next ten years, I would like to be in a position where I am driving the strategy of an organization whether it is in the public or private sector. In addition, I plan to be focused on more personal business ventures by leveraging my core competencies, leadership experience and vision to empower women.
Did you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else? How has that experience changed you?
I have had several mentors both formal and informal, professional and personal, throughout my life. I’ve also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to mentor several. In my experience, allowing others to mentor me has been critical as I have learned a tremendous amount, grown as a human being and have shaped my life to be positive. Similarly, having mentees is very rewarding as I get to return the favor and it is indeed a great sense of accomplishment when I see my mentees flourish.
What do you hope to gain from your CUP Fellows Program experience to help you make a significant and positive impact in your community?
I believe the CUP Fellows program will provide me with a network of talented, diverse, highly motivated and committed young professionals and inspiring leaders which in turn will result in a healthy fusion of ideas that I can tap into. The exposure that I wish to gain through this program is to help me solidify my leadership skills, continue to evolve, develop my commercial edge and create strong new friendships. These connections, combined with the skill-based training and board placement services that CUP offers can be especially relevant as a network for both my short term and long term objectives.