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Sam Polk


Sam’s memoir, "For The Love of Money," was published in July 2016 by Scribner. He has penned two OpEds in The New York Times, and his writing has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, CNBC.com, and The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Sam Polk is the co-founder and CEO of Everytable, a for-profit social enterprise that sells fresh, healthy ready-to-eat meals affordable for all, and founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a Los Angeles non-profit working at the intersection of poverty and obesity. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sam was a hedge fund trader on Wall Street.

In 2014, a former hedge fund trader's New York Times Sunday Review front page article about wealth addicition instantly went viral. This is his unflinching memoir about coming of age on Wall Street, fighting to overcome the ghosts of his past and the radical new way he now defines success.
At just thirty years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. In that moment he knew he had lost himself in his obsessive pursuit of money. And he had come to loathe the culture the shallowness, the sexism, the crude machismo and Wall Street's use of wealth as the sole measure of a persons worth. He decided to walk away from it all.


Scheduled events:
All that Glitters: Redefining Success
Monetary success did not fulfill these two dropouts from the world of high finance. When they rebooted their respective American Dreams they discovered that helping others to succeed was their real calling.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Julissa Arce, Sam Polk
Moderator: Ford Burkhart
Big Money or Big Philanthropy?
After achieving the American Dream of wealth and success…then what? These authors approach this reality first hand, second hand, and at a distance. Sam Polk's personal story, Bill Clinton's told by Joe Conason and Lisa Napoli's amazing tale of the Krocs, man and wife, after the Big Mac made them rich. NOTE: Mr. Conason will be 20 minutes late to the signing area due to a live interview with CSPAN following the program.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Conason, Lisa Napoli, Sam Polk
Moderator: Beth Viner

Book:
For the Love of Money
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Simon & Schuster
July 2016
ISBN 9781476785981
Hardcover, 288 pages
$25.00, INSTORE
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