Kathryn O’Connor Gardner is the co-founder of Park Bench Capital, a financial services firm that focuses on diverse founding teams that always include at least one female leader. Prior to this, she worked as a senior vice president and corporate credit research analyst within AllianceBernstein’s high-yield research group, focusing on the energy sector. She oversaw all energy-related investments for traditional high yield portfolios with roughly 35 billion in assets under management.

Kathryn is also a founding board member of the Haas Center for Gender, Equity, and Leadership, which seeks to build the economic case for supporting workplace diversity, and is a member of the Haas Dean’s Advisory Circle. She has more than 20 years of experience serving as an advisor for startups on strategy, financial analyst, and capital market transactions

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Kathryn O’Connor Gardner shares how she started as an investment banking analyst.
  • What does it mean to be an investor in the 2020 market?
  • Sarah and Kathryn discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected parenthood.
  • Kathryn compares the role of women during the 2008-2009 financial crisis vs the 2020 health crisis.
  • How can you market your skills and share your expertise in order to move up in your organization?
  • Kathryn uses Sallie Krawcheck’s story to highlight the value of building your global network.
  • Kathryn answers the question, “what is your superpower?”

In this episode…

Throughout her illustrious career, Kathryn O’Connor Gardner  has gained valuable tips and insights on how to bring your A-game in everything that you do. From being an investment banking analyst to market researcher, being a startup consultant, and a women’s advocate, Kathryn is an inspiring example of a Lady Boss that truly does it all.

In this week’s episode of #TheWomensAdvocate, Sarah sits down with Park Bench Capital Co-founder, Kathryn O’Connor Gardner, to discuss how women can take charge of their career and support one another in male-dominated fields. They’ll also discuss the challenges of parenting in the time of Covid-19, adapting to change, the role of women in times of crisis, and how to assert your value in the workplace.

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