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.

She attributes her personal success to developing a career alongside some of the industry's "best in class."

Mossavar-Rahmani extends her leadership efforts into community engagement and scholarship.

She is on the board of trustees and the investment committee at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Harvard's committee on university resources. She is also vice president of the board of trustees, investment committee chair and audit and finance committee member at the Trinity School.

She has published two books and also authored numerous articles on portfolio management issues.

"I'm proud of building successful businesses in different organizations that have and will outlast me, hiring and mentoring amazingly talented professionals, and hopefully setting a standard of professionalism, integrity and humanity wherever I have worked," Mossavar-Rahmani says.

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