Lesley Goldwasser (BBusSc, 1982)

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Lesley Goldwasser, Alumni

Lesley Goldwasser

UCT Affiliation

Graduated with a Bachelor of Business Science, 1982

Location in US

I reside with my family in Manhattan and Rye, New York. I have two children, a daughter who attends Wesleyan University and a son who attends Yale.

Profession

Global Head of Hedge Fund Strategic Services at Credit Suisse. Principal and Owner of the Betsy Hotel, Miami. Lara – here perhaps do a Read More for the remainder. I’m try to keep this profession short. I have worked since coming to the United States in the finance industry. I started off trading bonds and am currently Global Head of Hedge Fund Strategic Services at Credit Suisse. My office is in New York City, but I travel a lot internationally and am hoping that my travels will include South Africa in the near future.

What are you currently working on?

I commit a great deal of my time to philanthropic causes. Much of my spare time is taken up with a project in Zimbabwe called Zara’s Center, (an after school community Center for Aids Orphan’s located in Bulawayo Zimbabwe), which I started with my daughter. (see attached info sheet) . My husband and I have also started a philanthropic program at our Hotel, The Betsy in South Beach, where we partner with a number of local and national arts institutions, socially responsible organizations and general non profits. It is unusual to have a “Director of Philanthropy” at a sexy South Beach hotel, but it is amazing how much one can do to support and promote these organizations when you have a “cool” physical location to host them and facilitate their program initiatives. Once you start something, you never know how it may grow and what it may lead to. One of the partnerships began with the “John Lennon Educational Tour Bus” when we were arranging the introductory U.S. tour for a group of disabled musicians from Zimbabwe in January 2009. In 2010 the Lennon Bus came to The Betsy in South Beach on Veterans day and instead of the traditional role of the bus recording the music of kids from inner city areas, we instead recorded the story of veterans and their families representing wars back to WWII, and compiled these recordings into a short documentary (which can be found at www.thebetsyhotel.com ) saluting the service of our military families. This year the Lennon bus will be coming back to the Betsy and we will be planting a “wish tree” under the auspices of Yoko Ono and our community will hang their wishes for better world on the branches.

Where do you enjoy traveling in the US?

The US is a beautiful country and I’ve travelled widely in it. While we call Miami our ‘second home’ now because of the hotel, I also love to ski in Utah and Colorado, as well as staying local and taking my kayak and paddle board out onto the Long Island Sound. There are so many places to go, and so little time.

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love art and music, and spend as much time as I can attending opera, symphony concerts, art exhibitions, and theater. The amount of talent in the world is truly astounding.

Where’s your home town?

Born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

What are your favorite memories about UCT?

I cannot think of a better place to go to University than in Cape Town. While the challenge of studying business while trying to ‘enjoy’ all that Cape Town had to offer, was considerable. Traveling to Stellenbosch, Hermanus, Kalk Bay and Hout Bay on the weekends is particularly memorable to me. I still have several great friends from those years, including Susan Roy (Prospero Consulting), who also lives in NYC and Pam Jaffe who lives in San Diego.

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