Vidya Executive Director/Vice President, Equities Sales Management and Analysis Securities division, Bangalore
“Over the years, mentoring has helped me better understand the culture of the firm and provided me with role models of people who have done well.”
I did most of my primary education in Kenya then moved back to India when I entered college. As an undergrad, my main area of study was economics; as a post-grad, I moved into the finance and accounting world with a chartered accountancy degree. My education laid a strong foundation for me as far as my technical skills are concerned, and I was able to easily build onto them in my work.
Getting Started at Goldman Sachs
Right away, I was impressed with the intelligence of the people I worked with, the diversity of our firm overall, and the rigor of our training program.
I have a lot informal mentors. They are people I’ve worked with over the years, who have acted as sounding boards and given me independent perspectives on the issues I’ve faced. I also mentor a number of junior people outside of my division.
Over the years, mentoring has helped me better understand the culture of the firm and provided me with role models of people who have done well.
Teamwork in my role means collaboration—the ability to connect the dots across the organization to ensure all opportunities are tapped and the strengths of individuals are leveraged to the highest potential.
I am part of the steering committee of the Women’s India Network. It has helped me realize that a lot of people face issues very similar to my own, and I have participated in some candid conversations on how to best address them. The network has also allowed me to act as a mentor to a lot of junior people who are currently moving up the ranks.