Managing Director, Investment Banking
Ever since Monica Mandelli landed at Goldman Sachs after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1998, she has climbed the corporate ladder to become one of the most powerful women on Wall Street.
responsible for developing Goldman's relationships with wealthy families.
Over the years, Mandelli
has taken leadership development courses at Goldman, and each time she
learns something valuable.
"I've learned skills from how to give a public speech with poise to how to better motivate people, and everything in between," she
The most recent program Mandelli completed, the Managing Director Leadership Acceleration Initiative, is available to senior managing directors, who are given coaching and group projects that expand their knowledge of many different areas of the firm.
"All these programs are extremely helpful, as each one leaves you with at least two or three practical follow-ups or tips to be a better professional," says Mandelli
Over the years, Mandelli has served as co-head of the Firmwide Women's Network and was co-head of the Women's Network for the Investment Banking Division.
She has also taken other leadership roles in the firm's recruiting, training, and mentoring programs.
"Like many working moms, I feel that one of the toughest decisions is to give up some time that I would be spending with my children in order to fulfill my responsibilities in the office," Mandelli
"That is why it is very important to me to know at all times that my career is on the right trajectory, because the opportunity cost is so high.
takes that mandate very seriously and each year assesses whether she
is challenged enough.
Having a great manager is part of that equation.
"It is extremely important to have someone who knows where you want to go and is willing to help you get there," says Mandelli