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Robyn Shepherd Recognized with 2021 Women of Excellence Trailblazer Award

The 2021 Women of Excellence Trailblazer Award — in partnership with Working Mother and the National Association for Female Executives — honors individuals who not only create new pathways to achievement but also help others advance along them to reach new heights.

Robyn Shepherd joined Bridgewater in 2004 and has held key investment, client-facing, and management roles over the course of her tenure. After serving as Head of Client Analytics, she worked as Chief of Staff to the CEO, partnering on the firm’s strategic initiatives, company culture agenda, business oversight, and governance. In that role, she built Bridgewater’s communications function, created its Alumni Network, co-founded its Women’s Influence Network, and was a founding member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Today, as Head of Corporate Engagement, Robyn oversees Bridgewater’s public affairs, communications, and branding functions, as well as the company’s initiatives for sustainability of our operations, diversity and inclusion, and community.

Chief Diversity Officer Alan Bowser says of Robyn: “Robyn has been doing the hard work and ‘walking the walk’ for years. Through her efforts, we have reinforced our focus on a more inclusive workplace, grown in our understanding of the unique experiences of our colleagues, and more fully realized the potential that’s unlocked when people are free to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work.”

From Senior Client Advisor Katie Bruce: “Robyn understood what it was like to often be the only woman in the room at the highest levels of our business, and she was also determined to change that. She showed me the possibilities, how I could grow my strengths and impact at the firm, and how to navigate the obstacles in my way. There are many types of mentors and sponsors, like those who cheer from the sidelines, or those who lead by their example on the field. Robyn belongs to a more rare class of those who not only carve the path up the mountain for themselves, but lift others as they climb.”

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