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Sonnia Thomas Shields, 33

VP, Global Leadership & Diversity

Goldman Sachs & Co.


Thomas Shields is head of targeted pipeline development. Her responsibilities include setting the strategic vision and implementation of the firm’s Asian, Black, Hispanic, and female talent management initiatives. In addition to her internal remit, she is responsible for the firm’s external brand for multicultural women, which brings together hundreds of women across the financial services industry throughout the year to focus on key issues related to their commercial and professional development. 


Thomas Shields joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst within the Investment Banking Division’s (IBD) Healthcare Group in 2001. She relocated to Goldman Sachs’ London office in 2006 and in 2007, became the head of Diversity Recruiting for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She relocated back to New York in 2009 for her Global Leadership and Diversity role. 


In 2011, Thomas Shields founded and launched SoRen Tea, L.L.C. with her sister Rena Williams. SoRen Tea is a luxury tea brand with a gourmet selection of blended, loose teas. She was also recognized in 2011 by the National Diversity Council as one of Tri-State’s Most Powerful and Influential Women. 


Thomas Shields graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hampton University.

Sonnia Thomas Shields, 33

VP, Global Leadership & Diversity

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Thomas Shields is head of…