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Francois Rigou

Francois is a member and Gender Strategy Lead for the Asia Pacific Inclusion and Diversity Committee (APIDC) at Goldman Sachs ensuring there is an inclusion of women during both recruitment and promotion processes. He is also a Sponsor of the Asia Pacific Women in Engineering Network (APWE) and Managing Director Ally of the APAC Women’s Network. As Head of Engineering in Asia Pacific he has expanded gender-focused initiatives and been involved in developing the next generation of women engineers through his support of The Women’s Foundation’s (TWF) Girls Go Tech program and their bi-annual STEM Competition and Awards Ceremony. He is a member of TWF’s Male Allies Initiative, where he works with other senior male leaders from across industries and within Goldman Sachs to further gender equality in Hong Kong.

Patrick Street

Patrick promotes gender diversity in hiring and champions initiatives to attract women talent from diverse backgrounds, specifically into roles not historically marketed towards women. These initiatives include co-running the spring and summer intern program for Global Markets with over 50% of hires being women over the last 3 years. He has also supported the implementation of the Women’s Trader Academy; women in their penultimate university year learn about being a trader. The program has contributed towards an increase of 150% in women analysts joining trading and met the aspirational goal of hiring 50% women traders at junior levels over the last 2 years (from less than 20% before implementation). Outside of Goldman Sachs, Patrick is actively engaged with social mobility organizations to support their mission of helping students from less-advantaged backgrounds to secure jobs. He is a Trustee of CityHarvest – a fresh food rescue and redistribution charity.

Joanna Obstoj

A Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in Poland, Joanna sponsors the Women’s Network in Warsaw. When the Warsaw office first opened, Joanna was passionate about hiring female talent at all levels, and co-founded the Women’s Network to provide members with a platform to enrich leadership skills. She has been instrumental in orchestrating the Network’s success by inviting external speakers to events, offering one-to-ones and formal mentoring to members, and helping leaders to be creative in this forum. In 2017, the IT for SHE program was launched in partnership with Goldman Sachs, with the aim of helping talented women studying technology enter the job market. As part of this award-winning program, Joanna has been involved in Europe’s biggest themed camp for young women in IT, ‘Women Tech Camp’, as a formal mentor to encourage girls to learn programming. Joanna is also sponsor of the Warsaw LGBT Network.

Larissa Dudley

Larissa co-chairs the Hong Kong Women’s Network at Goldman Sachs, where she planned the firm’s International Women’s Day conference, featuring prominent internal and external women leaders, and sessions with senior leaders on resilience, career development and leadership. She was instrumental in Goldman Sachs’ sponsorship of The Women’s Foundation and Girls Go Tech, including a STEM competition for female students. Within the Engineering Division, Larissa has organized four roundtables with divisional leadership to hear from women engineers, organized roundtables for women engineers with senior visiting engineers, presented at recruitment events targeting women, and spearheaded a volunteer event with the Women Entrepreneurs Network, among other initiatives. Externally, Larissa is part of a 12-person team who will trek 150km across Kyrgyzstan over eight days to raise funds for Women for Women International.

Richard Gnodde

Richard sponsors the EMEA Inclusion & Diversity Committee (IDC) at Goldman Sachs, which is responsible for maximising the potential of GS’ talent, is accountable for diversity in hiring and progression and has a mandate to drive positive cultural change. Richard has led the firm’s efforts to shift the needle on its culture, including creating an annual IDC Townhall, with quarterly updates on progress, achievements and opportunities in the D&I space; monthly ‘Chats with IDC’ hosted by IDC members; an internal panel series acknowledging both progress made and remaining targets; and a ‘partner cascade’ series, encouraging self-reflection on acts which can enhance or erode inclusion. Richard has also sponsored the Affinity Network Fair, hosted breakfast for nearly 50 GS women partners, clients and graduates of GS’ 10,000 Small Businesses UK, endorsed the firm’s support of the Diversity Project and championed ‘Launch with GS’, a £500m investment in women-led businesses. Beyond GS, Richard hosts the annual ‘When Women Lead’ event at London’s Serpentine Pavilion, gathering over 600 women to celebrate the achievements of women from a host of industries. He supports the Cambridge Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre and was instrumental in GS becoming headline sponsors of their 2019 conference. He was also involved in the firm’s sponsorship of the Women of the Square Mile Conference.

Lin Yue

Lin has championed women and diversity throughout her career and has spoken at many events outside of the firm, including for the MuLan Foundation, at the Wo+Men Conference at Cambridge University, firms such as EY and Linklaters, and before the House of Lords. Lin is currently in the process of establishing a network which aims to connect Chinese and Western women to address her larger goal of breaking the glass and bamboo ceilings. Lin was the winner of the “Excellence in Banking” award at the Chinese Business Leaders Awards 2016 and was recognised in Brummell’s 2017 list as one of the most inspirational women in the City of London. In 2019, she is listed as one of the 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders by EMpower. Lin has authored a widely-acclaimed presentation based on her personal journey growing up in mainland China, highlighting the lives of three generations of Chinese women – from Lin’s grandmother who lived through a Japanese colony to her mother who grew up during the Cultural Revolution, to Lin who is a millennial after the one child policy. She pioneered a Diversity Conference decoding how unconscious bias, in particular cultural influences, can impact behaviour and how to transform existing stereotypes in the workplace. At the Goldman Sachs Young Professional and Future Leaders Conference, Lin shared insights on the uncovered similarities between Western and Chinese millennials.

Kathryn Koch

Having benefitted from mentorship, networking and sponsorship in the past, Kathryn is now passionate about providing other women with access to these advantages. She connects the dozens of women she manages and mentors with each other and with industry leaders and seeks to raise the profile of high-potential women internally within senior management, with clients, with industry leaders and in the media by delegating speaking roles of panel participation to them. Kathryn has sought to hire and promote women in her division for more than a decade. 43% of assets under management within the Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Fundamental Equity business are managed by female portfolio managers. Kathryn has mentored and coached women through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women initiative. She has been involved in research efforts which led to the first global financing facility dedicated to women, and she is champion of the Launch with GS capital commitment to invest in female investment fund founders and managers. Externally, Kathryn is actively involved in building a strong pipeline of female talent through the ‘Girls Who Invest’ programme. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Patton’s Veterans Project, and works with a number of clients and competitors who have asked her to mentor and coach high-potential women.

Katie Koch

Katie spends many hours mentoring the women within her own group and across the Firm. She strongly encourages the women she mentors to take a seat at the proverbial table, to be transparent about their own ambitions, and to invest in both knowledge and networking. In the group she leads, more than half the assets are run by women portfolio managers, and she makes efforts to formally and informally connect women to one another, and to other influential leaders in the industry. Additionally, she has conducted various research efforts at the firm that focus on women’s roles in the global economy. One of her studies helped create the first global financing facility dedicated to women, conducted in partnership with the International Finance Corporation. Outside of the firm, Katie is very dedicated to building the industry-wide pipeline of female talent, through investing in the programs and resources to encourage female undergraduates to pursue careers in finance and investing. She is actively involved in the “Girls Who Invest” program both through Goldman Sachs and her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.