- Harvey Schwartz, the president of Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, opened up about a woman named Linda during the most recent episode of “Exchanges at Goldman Sachs.”
- The 20-plus-year veteran of Wall Street was promoted to president and co-COO at Goldman Sachswhen Gary Cohn was tapped by the White House to lead the National Economic Council.
- Schwartz explained how Linda, whom he trained at the gym he worked for after high school, helped him get into college.
- He said Linda provides a mould for what it means to be a “truly most effective” mentor.
The most ubiquitous piece of advice on Wall Street is to find a mentor.
But what type of person should young Wall Streeters look for?
Harvey Schwartz, the president and co-COO, examined this point in the most recent episode of “Exchanges at Goldman Sachs.”
The 53-year-old described his childhood as “pretty difficult,” saying he almost didn’t make it to college. After he graduated from high school he worked at a gym as a physical trainer. And he only ended up applying to college because one of his clients, Linda, pushed him to do so.
But Schwartz didn’t get in the first time he applied. So Linda, a Rutgers alum who didn’t have much clout, made a few calls to the university. Schwartz said she was persistent, telling Rutgers’ staff they had “made a mistake” and that they should meet Schwartz in person. Ultimately, they gave in and got an interview on the calendar.
He said it takes a couple things: Trust and time.
But finding people like Linda, who will go to bat for you, is not easy. Here’s Schwartz:
“I’m not sure there’s a lot of people out there in the world that would … and it would be great if there were more … actually kind of grab a young person by the collar and say: ‘No, no, no, no, you are good enough to be in this school and I have so much personal confidence in you that I’m actually going to do my best to reverse a decision.'”
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