In 2008, 10 years after joining Goldman Sachs as a summer associate, Nichole Weeldreyer was named a managing director at the firm. She advises high-net-worth families, business owners, and foundation executives on investment strategies. “Wealthy families today are different than they were even 15 years ago,” she says. “Many have created wealth by disrupting industries or following a path that’s different from the norm.” Weeldreyer also is actively involved in the community.
Education: University of North Carolina (MBA), Dartmouth College (BA)
Toughest Challenge: “Few people talk about midlife crises beyond the cliché of buying a sports car, but they are a thing. Despite recognizing that I am incredibly lucky both personally and professionally, I waded through an introspective period this past year, assessing my life from a lot of angles. I found strength in acknowledging the cumulative value of time as a source of power, expertise, and wisdom—not as the beginning of the end.”
Favorite Thing: “I’m more excited about experiences than things. Given the spread in our kids’ ages—17, 16, and 10—we haven’t had a lot of opportunity to travel. Last year, we started what I hope will be an annual tradition of a family trip to a place that means something special to us. The inaugural destination was Greece, as a nod to my mom’s family heritage, and it did not disappoint.”
Beverage of Choice: “Central Coast Pinot Noir”
Nonprofit Cause: “City Year is a corps of young adults who serve students in schools that need support. These young leaders, distinguished by their red jackets, are improving attendance, moving the needle on academic outcomes, and supporting overstretched teachers. Even though City Year is relatively new to Dallas, the platform is is catching fire and will appeal to anyone who is inspired by servant leadership.”
Sports Team: “I have two girls who row crew, and I’m floored by the work ethic and dedication of their teams (Founders Rowing Club and Exeter Girls Crew.)”
Bucket list: “I’d like to become a sommelier.”
Looking ahead: “I’m excited about the open-mindedness and intellectual curiosity of rising generations. I believe these people will fundamentally shift the way that we think about diversity, inclusion, family, work, and empowerment.”
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