Podcast Episode 8: The Importance of Transferable Skills

In the eighth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Jennifer Riaño Góez, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, leading firmwide Diversity Leadership Programs in North America. In an inspirational conversation, Jennifer talks about the necessity of learning more regardless of your position and field of study, and the importance of transferable skills.

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Jennifer Riaño Góez

Jennifer Riaño Góez, Ed.D., is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, leading firmwide Diversity Leadership Programs in North America. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Jennifer was the Senior Director of Faculty Recruitment and Communication Strategy at Columbia University School of Professional Studies, overseeing full-time and part-time faculty recruitment, and was the founding co-chair of the Columbia SPS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee. At Columbia Business School, Jennifer was the Director of Learning Solutions. She managed the flagship program for developing current and future CEOs for global organizations and the Women in Leadership program. In this role, Jennifer led business development, marketing, communications, and curriculum development in collaboration with faculty and industry leaders.

Jennifer earned her doctoral degree in August 2021 from Teachers College Columbia University. Her research focused on “Exploring How an Academic Institution Implements a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative in a Non-Tenure Track Environment.” Past research includes Activating the Perceived Effectiveness of Leadership Development programs, Critical Reflection in Executive Education, and the learning transfer system inventory (2019), Bridging Theory to Practice Model (2018) and Developing Authenticity in Women’s Leadership Development (2017). She has also presented at the Academy of Human Resources Development Conference (February 2018) and the International Conference for Leadership (October 2018). Recently, Jennifer also taught “Developing a Proposal: The Beginning of the Dissertation Process” at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jennifer is currently developing a DEIB learning framework founded on adult learning and leadership theories to improve organizational learning and professional development strategies to foster inclusive and diverse work environments and a model to evaluate the impact of DEIB initiatives.