Goldman Sachs – 2012 50 Out Front # 32


Goldman Sachs

New York, NY
33,300 employees
CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein
CDE: Edie Hunt

Diversity mission: Diversity is essential to our mission as a firm: It lets us develop better ideas, respond to the needs of our clients and ensures that our people can work at their maximum potential.

Through programs such as Catapult, designed to offer Black and Hispanic nominees skills and insight essential to career acceleration, and Rules To The Road, a year-long program for Black and Hispanic vice presidents, designed to provide insight into the cultural, commercial and people management skills that contribute to continues success at the firm, Goldman Sachs is shaping itself as a model of diversity at the highest levels. It has also taken huge steps to make the firm an attractive option for women seeking to break the glass ceiling of investment banking. The Loft Series and ASCENT are both programs for multicultural women that assist in them on issues with advancement and career development. Perhaps the most innovative of any company developed diversity initiatives is their Returnship Program, which often paves the way for employees — often women –who put their careers on hold for whatever reason and are now seeking to return to the workforce that has changed significantly during their absence.