When asked about challenges for women in the industry, Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani's message is simple: "Do whatever it takes to be really good at whatever it is [you] are doing."

Some key ingredients, says Mossavar-Rahmani, the chief investment officer of Goldman Sachs' Private Wealth Management Group, includes reading a lot, attending conferences early in one's career, networking with great investment managers, learning about behavioral biases of investors and working very hard.

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