Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2009 (Revised July 2010)

Goldman Sachs: The 10,000 Women Initiative

by Christopher Marquis, V. Kasturi Rangan and Cathy Ross


Describes the conception, development, and implementation of Goldman Sachs' five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to provide practical business and management education to 10,000 women around the globe. The initiative recently celebrated its first anniversary, and over 1,200 women were either enrolled in, or graduated from, sponsored certificate programs. The case addressees some key strategic decisions facing the firm as they rollout the program over the coming years. These include how to organize the network of schools that deliver the educational services, how to determine the best outside partners to provide additional services for the women entrepreneurs, how to best assess the impact of the program, and finally the extent to which the initiative provides contributions to the long-term strategy of the firm.

Keywords: Partners and Partnerships; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Business Education; Gender; Giving and Philanthropy; Financial Services Industry; Education Industry;


Marquis, Christopher, V. Kasturi Rangan, and Cathy Ross. "Goldman Sachs: The 10,000 Women Initiative." Harvard Business School Case 509-042, June 2009. (Revised July 2010.)