31 MAR 2016

Lloyd Blankfein and Gary Cohn Host Veterans Leadership Roundtables

Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and  Gary Cohn, president and COO, spoke separately with military members transitioning to the civilian workforce during this year’s Veterans Integration Program orientation. The topics discussed during the two sessions ranged from career development to the impact of technology on our business.

The 2016 Veterans Integration Program kicked off on March 21 with a four-day orientation program culminating in intimate roundtables with Lloyd Blankfein and Gary Cohn (see slideshow above for photos), who spoke with participants and answered questions on a wide range of topics.

The 10-week Veterans Integration Program supports veterans as they transition from active military duty to civilian jobs in financial services that leverage their strengths in leadership, teamwork and problem-solving. Goldman Sachs provides education, mentorship, networking and professional skills development designed to facilitate the process.

Lloyd Blankfein spoke with the participants about how much he looks forward to the program each year. They discussed topics such as the future of the firm, impact of technology and the firm’s vision for impact investing. He suggested to the military members, “Learn as much as you can, develop relationships and talk with people who are five years ahead of you about what this business is like.”

“This is one of the most exciting programs at the firm,” said Gary Cohn, who spoke on topics including mentorship and why military culture prepares veterans for a career at Goldman Sachs. “Your background and military training is very similar to our culture at Goldman Sachs and this allows you to integrate well. We really hope that you think this is a great fit.”

The New York, Jersey City, Salt Lake City and Dallas/Irving offices participate in the Veterans Integration Program as well as select regional offices. Applications for the 2017 program will be accepted in October 2016.