Masha Gordon is a 42-year-old mother-of-two and businesswoman. She started her career as a journalist for the Washington Post and later studied in the United States; gaining a BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a masters in law and diplomacy from Tufts University. Masha spent the next 16 years of her career working in finance.
She spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs where she was a Managing Director in the Investment Management Division and most recently led the emerging markets portfolio management team at PIMCO. She moved to a portfolio career of non-executive board roles in 2014 and currently serves as a non-executive director of Alrosa, the world’s largest diamond company, Moscow Stock Exchange (MOEX), Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a member of the investment committee of the Enterprise Development Programme at Oxfam UK, and the Council of the Girls Day School Trust.
In October 2015, Masha embarked on a journey to set a women’s world record in Explorers Grand Slam, one of the toughest endurance challenges that features climbing highest peaks on every continent and skiing to the North and South Poles.
On June 11, 2016 she set a new record at 7 months and 19 days. She has also become the new Guinness Book of Records record holder of the Seven Summits Challenge. Masha is a founder of GRIT&ROCK, a charitable program aimed at raising mental endurance in teenage girls via a practice of outdoors.
Masha’s motivational speaking focuses on harnessing the power of mental endurance to attain seemingly stretch goals, team building and finessing judgment calls in risk-taking.