CEO OF EVERYTABLE; FOOD DESERTS ACTIVIST; AUTHOR
Sam Polk is a former hedge fund trader, the author of the book For the Love of Money, co-founder and CEO of Everytable, a social enterprise that sells fresh, delicious meals at prices everyone can afford, and the founder and Executive Director of FEAST (formerly Groceryships), a nonprofit that helps low-income families struggling with food-related illnesses like obesity and diabetes.
By age 30, Sam was a senior trader for one of the largest hedge funds in the world, earning multiple millions of dollars per year. But instead of continuing down the road to unlimited wealth, Sam chose to walk a different path. He left Wall Street and founded a non-profit called FEAST, which helps low income families struggling with obesity. In January 2014, Sam electrified the world in a New York Times Op Ed that appeared on the cover of The Sunday Review, and since then has appeared on hundreds of media outlets including The Today Show, Morning Joe, Tavis Smiley, NPR, and CNN.
His books about his experiences was published by Scribner in 2015. For The Love of Money is about his awakening to a new definition of success, one that includes an intentional contribution to the world. His messaging focuses on understanding that fulfillment comes from doing work one cares about, that improves the world, and helps people who need it.
He graduated from Columbia University in 2002 with a BA in English and held the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and CNBC.com. He speaks regularly at jails and juvenile detention centers about recovering from addiction, and is passionate about helping children.
CIRCLE CONSCIOUSNESS: THE RISE OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
At 30 years old, Sam was earning millions of dollars a year as a senior trader for one of the largest hedge funds in the world. Inspired by a book and the guidance of a spiritual teacher, Sam left Wall Street and founded FEAST, a non-profit in South Los Angeles that works with impoverished families living in food deserts. This is an incredibly inspiring story about changing the lens from what you can "get" to what you can "give".
INCLUSIVE CAPITALISM: THE RIPPLE EFFECT
FEAST, the non-profit Sam founded to help poor families living in food deserts, has quickly become a thought-leader in the fight against obesity and poverty. This is not only an inspiring story about how and why Sam started FEAST, but it's also also an in-depth look at the intersection of poverty and obesity, and the innovative, multi-faceted strategy that FEAST has employed to great success.
SEXISM & BRO CULTURE
Most women on Wall Street, and across Corporate America, have experienced sexism in the workplace. But the vast majority of sexism, argues Sam Polk, occurs behind closed doors, when women aren't even present. Sam explains how casual conversations between two or more men that objectify women subconsciously creates a "bro culture" that makes it difficult to promote women, work for them, or pay them what they are worth. In a climate where issues around sexism reach to the highest levels of American culture and power, Sam's honest and revealing look at how sexism works couldn't be more needed.