In this episode, Christine speaks with Robyn Shepherd, head of corporate engagement at Bridgewater, a global leader in institutional portfolio management and the world’s largest hedge fund. Robyn fills us in on her journey to success as she continues to build communities for the advancement of women in financial services and provide listeners with the tools and influence you need to increase self-improvement throughout your career.
- Advice, tools and influence listeners need to increase self-improvement in their careers.
- Importance of feedback and how to turn mistakes into tools for self-improvement.
- The importance of mentors and how they can shape one’s career.
- How women can get involved in communities that promote the general advancement of women and girls in financial services.
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Robyn Shepherd joined Bridgewater Associates in 2004 and is currently the head of corporate engagement. Reporting to the CEO, Robyn oversees the firm’s public affairs, communications and branding functions, as well as the company’s initiatives for operational sustainability, social responsibility, and plays a leading role in Bridgewater’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She is a partner of the firm and a member of the Operating Committee and Commercial and Business Strategy Committee.
Robyn began her career at Bridgewater as a senior investment associate in the account management group and later took on other key roles within the firm’s client service and marketing team — first as an associate client advisor covering the firm’s international client and marketing relationships, and later as the head of client service analytics. Subsequently, Robyn served as chief of staff to CEO David McCormick, partnering with him on the firm’s strategic agenda, business oversight, management of the client service and marketing department, and corporate governance.
Robyn was a founding member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and the co-founder and senior sponsor of Bridgewater’s Women’s Influence Network (WIN). In 2020, she was recognized by The Hedge Fund Journal as one of the “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds.”
Before joining Bridgewater, Robyn was an analyst at Lime Rock Partners and an investment analyst at HarbourVest Partners. She serves on the board of Oakland Catholic High School, an all-women’s college preparatory school in Pittsburgh, PA. Robyn received her BA in economics from Brown University.