Experts Discuss Work-Life Integration on Panel at Goldman Sachs

Sep 19, 2011, 15:00 ET from Walravens Writing Group

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Goldman, Sachs & Co. (NYSE: GS) hosted a panel of experts to discuss the issue of work-life integration in corporate America today. The panel was moderated by Samantha Parent Walravens, editor of the acclaimed new anthology, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, and included panelists Tara Bishop, Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan; Heather Cabot, Yahoo! WebLife editor and former ABC News Correspondent; and Lauren Leader-Chivee, Senior Vice President of the Center for Work-Life Policy in Manhattan.  

The event gathered many Goldman Sachs employees together to hear the experts lend insight on current work-life policies and programs designed to recruit, retain and promote women in the workforce. Panelists also discussed the importance of networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities that promote professional development of women in the workplace.  

According to panel moderator Samantha Parent Walravens, “People who have an appropriate balance between their home and work lives are likely to make a greater contribution at work.  Firms like Goldman Sachs continue to attract and retain the best talent because they understand the importance in providing programs and support for working parents.”

"Our firm has made great strides toward work-life balance, but we welcome any new ideas that might make our employees' work and home lives richer and more fulfilled," commented Beverly O'Toole, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. "We were pleased to host this panel today as a way of continuing the dialogue on this important issue."

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.

"The financial services industry presents unique challenges and an intense work culture,” said Lauren Leader-Chivee.  "The companies that offer the best environment and work-life options will win not just moms, but everyone.  Companies have a huge opportunity to win the talent wars this way."

In TORN, 47 women examine the conflict between the need to nurture and the need to work and reveal creative solutions for having the best of both worlds. Neal Pollack of Vanity Fair has praised the book as "a poignant look at how a generation of mothers is trying to forge its own identity while honoring the legacy of 60s and 70s feminism."

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