Going on a quarter-century and many promotions later, Stephanie Cohen still uses some of the lessons learned from Alice Waldoff during her undergrad days on campus.
“I was the president of the Commerce Council, which is now called the Business Council, and Alice was the organization’s advisor and later my friend and mentor,” says Cohen, Goldman Sachs’ global head of platform solutions.
“It was the largest business organization on campus but at the time it was largely a resume builder that didn’t take much action, which is something I wanted to change.
“Alice encouraged me to dig in and figure out a way to have an impact, which taught me an important lesson that has served me well throughout my career — focus on the execution and getting things done. With her encouragement, we created a plan to raise money and create a sense of community and joined forces with the Engineering Council to create combined events and initiatives.
“This allowed us to develop lifelong relationships and connections across business and engineering, something that is still incredibly relevant for me today at Goldman Sachs.”
Cohen, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1999, was honored with the Gies College of Business’ 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award.