See How Goldman Sachs Recognized Asian Heritage Month

28 MAY 2021

In recognition of Asian Heritage Month (AHM) in the Americas, the Goldman Sachs Asian Network invited colleagues in the Americas and EMEA to a series of events highlighting the contributions of the Asian community to our firm, society and culture. 


Talking to Children About Race, Racism and Anti-Asian Sentiment

The Network hosted Dr. Jennifer Louie from the Child Mind Institute, who lead a guided training on how to lead conversations with your children about race and racism. The session was moderated by Nicholas Chan, who oversees the client portfolio management effort for the Quantitative Investment Strategies team in the Americas and Bengaluru at Goldman Sachs.



A Conversation With Richard Lui

Richard Lui, journalist, NBC News and MSNBC anchor and author of the new book Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness, discussed the recent rise of anti-Asian sentiment and representation of the Asian community in the media. Richard joined the event from the field in Fulton County, as he was covering the indictments following the shootings in Atlanta. The conversation was hosted by Akila Raman, chief operating officer of the Investment Banking Division and Suzzanne Yao, associate general counsel, who provided opening remarks. “Love his analysis of not using ‘model minority’ – that’s so true and something I’ll take away,” shared vice president and Asian Network member Joe Choi.



Allyship: Understanding and Supporting the Asian Community

On May 13, Beesham Seecharan, who advises the firm’s equity derivatives businesses, moderated a candid conversation with Bing Chen, president and co-founder of Gold House, Wayne Ho, president and chief executive officer of the Chinese-American Planning Council, Kavita Mehra, executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women and Phil Tajitsu Nash, Esq. from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Topics included learning more about the Asian community and understanding how best to support individuals who identify as Asian. “This NGO panel event was such a powerful discussion! This was an amazing group of panelists and great questions,” shared Jenny Zhang, vice president and co-COO of the New York/New Jersey chapter of the Asian Network.


A Moment of Mindfulness

L. Barbour, the firm’s resilience coach and a member of the Wellness team, hosted a session on identifying mindful moments and self-investment strategies to support your own wellbeing. Throughout the session we also heard from members of the Asian Network who shared their personal experiences of engaging in mindfulness. Feedback from event attendees included, “Very privileged to be in a firm which supports mindfulness and meditation in the workplace” and “The best moment of my day, I feel so uplifted now.”


Talks at GS: A Conversation with Actor, Director and Executive Producer, Daniel Dae Kim

Candice Tse, US head of Market Strategy within the Strategic Advisory Solutions team in Goldman Sachs Asset Management, moderated a conversation with actor, director and producer Daniel Dae Kim. Daniel discussed his upbringing and how that has shaped his career from theater to television. He also discussed his recent visit to the House Judiciary Committee in which he spoke about the importance of hate-crime legislation and designation in the wake of ongoing attacks against Asian Americans.


EMPOWER the Asian Investor: Financial Wellness Session

The Network, in partnership with The Asians Reimagining Influence, Significance and Excellence (ARISE) Council,  presented EMPOWER the Asian Investor, a series that addresses common investment challenges, highlights ways to build confidence and identifies solutions to help Asian investors empower themselves financially.


Partner Perspectives

Kunal Shah, global head of Emerging Markets Trading, hosted a virtual panel with Asian partners from across the firm for a candid conversation on their personal journeys and careers. Panelists included:

  • Yibo Bao, head of Interest Rate Options and Exotics Trading in Europe
  • Rajasheree Datta, global head of Liquidity Risk
  • Phillip Han, global head of Quantitative Services Sales and head of Clearing Sales in the Americas
  • Jerry Lee, a managing director in the Global Healthcare Group
  • Monali Vora, head of the Customized Beta Strategies business within the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Quantitative Investment Strategies business


In response to the continued surge of violence against members of the Asian community, the Network has also shared resources with the firm to help allies support the Asian community, not only for the month but as a continued effort moving forward. The firm is grateful to our people for taking action and striving to help communities in need during challenging times.