Sian Beilock

Outside Director on the Operating Board of Directors
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Sian Beilock is an outside director on Bridgewater’s Operating Board of Directors. She joined the Internal Board as an Independent Director in July 2021. Sian is President-elect of Dartmouth College and currently serves as the eighth President of Barnard College at Columbia University.

As President of Barnard College, she has responsibility for all aspects of the College, including establishing and carrying out the College’s strategic vision, budget, and fundraising, as well as faculty, students and staff. Since becoming Barnard’s President in July 2017, Sian has led the College to record fundraising and the most selective and diverse student body (nearly half identify as women of color) in its 132-year history.

Prior to her appointment as President, Sian spent twelve years at the University of Chicago where she was the Executive Vice Provost, an officer of the university, and the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology.

Sian is also one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure” in business, education, and sports. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Choke and How The Body Knows Its Mind (Simon & Schuster, 2010, 2015). She was chosen as one of twenty-five “Women to Watch” by Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine in 2007 and has won eight major awards from national and international societies devoted to psychology, sport psychology, and education. Notably, she is the recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and, in 2017, Sian won the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Her 2018 TED Talk has been viewed over 2.5 million times. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sian received her BS in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego. She holds PhDs in both psychology and kinesiology from Michigan State University.

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More from Sian Beilock
March 2022
President of Barnard College and Independent Director on Bridgewater’s Operating Board of Directors discussed her career and the “spotlight” effect as part of Women’s History Month.
October 12, 2021
With the goal of encouraging more women to enter the investment industry, Bridgewater has partnered with the historically women's college to fund a grant to launch the "New Pathways Powered by Bridgewater" initiative.
April 21, 2021
In a recent talk with the Bridgewater community, the college president and distinguished cognitive scientist shared insights from her research on human performance across workplaces, athletics, academics, and more. Beilock emphasized the cognitive strain we place on ourselves when we worry about our own performance, and how a growth mindset and embracing failure can unlock potential in all of us.
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