Greg Palm , Goldman Sachs Group Inc. general counsel, took a call in his 37th-floor office at One New York Plaza on Dec. 16, 2008. It was his old boss, Stephen Friedman , a former Goldman chairman who was then head of the audit committee of its board of directors. Goldman’s stock was down 65 percent from its 52-week high during an accelerating global financial breakdown.
Rhonda Ryan didn’t meet many other women when she broke into the private-equity business 15 years ago. Today, she’s still the rare female executive in an industry pushed into the spotlight by the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, co-founder of buyout firm Bain Capital LLC.