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2014 Summer Internship Wrap-Up: Explore GS Speaker Series

During the 2014 Goldman Sachs internship program, summer analysts and associates participated in Explore GS, a six-part global speaker series in which senior leaders across the firm discussed their areas of expertise and shared career advice and industry insights. 

Here is a rundown of the sessions and some highlights:

  • Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein discussed the state of the firm and the industry at large in a conversation with Goldman Sachs chief learning officer Jason Wingard.
  • Edith Cooper, global head of the Human Capital Management Division, talked about  the firm’s commitment to its people with Michael Desmarais, the firm's head of Talent Acquisition.
  • Marty Chavez, Goldman Sachs chief information officer, and George Lee, co-chairman of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group and chief information officer for the Investment Banking Division, shared their thoughts on the future of technology and innovation.
  • Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs president and COO, and Harvey Schwartz, Goldman Sachs chief financial officer, participated in an extensive question-and-answer period with interns from around the globe after talking about their careers and current roles.
  • Dina Powell, head of Goldman Sachs Bank USA’s Urban Investment Group, global head of the Office of Corporate Engagement, and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, highlighted the firm’s commitment to giving back, which the interns experienced first-hand through their participation in a Community TeamWorks project during their time at the firm.
  • Chief economist Jan Hatzius and chief markets economist Dominic Wilson of Global Investment Research (GIR) discussed their global economic and asset market forecasts (watch video) with GIR senior strategist Allison Nathan. 
     

Highlights

“In school, you get feedback with grades. But that is not what [the Goldman Sachs] environment is like. You don’t want to work at a place where you’re graded. You want to work at a firm where you’re learning as you go and you’re getting real-time, on-the-job feedback.”
- Edith Cooper, global head of Human Capital Management

 

“One of the things I've learned over the years is how much discipline it takes to wait and gather the collective input before making a decision, having patience in terms of decision-making and resisting the pressure is a critical skill.”
- Harvey Schwartz, Chief Financial Officer

 

“Part of [being professionally successful] is defining your mission very broadly, and thinking what it is that you’re actually up to and whether you’re building the skills for that. What I would say to all of you is why not take the time to learn something about computing?”
 - Marty Chavez, Chief Information Officer (at right)

 

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