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Part II: Alex Doñé, chief investment officer of the $225 billion NYC Pension Funds, shares with us the advantages and challenges of investing on behalf of the 4th largest pension fund in the world. Alex also provides his perspective on hedge fund opportunities and describes NYC Pension Fund’s commitment to co-investment opportunities. And in this e…
 
We’re in the midst of a fertility crisis. Worldwide fertility has dropped more than 50 percent in the past 50 years, and the decline shows no sign of slowing. Shanna H. Swan, PhD, a leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologist, has spent more than two decades studying the impact of environmental chemicals and pharmaceuticals on reproductiv…
 
If you live in a WEIRD society—Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic—chances are you aren't getting enough exercise. And it's not because you're bad or lazy; it's because you're normal. On this episode, Harvard paleoanthropologist Daniel E. Lieberman, PhD, explains how evolution designed humans to avoid unnecessary physical activi…
 
Alex Doñé, chief investment officer of the $225 billion New York City pension funds, the fourth largest pension plan in the world with 730,000 beneficiaries, shares with us his career trajectory to becoming chief investment officer. He also imparts his career advice for underrepresented people in financial services and Alex discusses the importance…
 
Author, speaker and podcast host Luvvie Ajayi Jones shares tips for conquering fear and making good trouble. “Facing fear is absolutely a muscle,” Ms. Ajayi Jones says. “Being courageous is literally a moment-by-moment decision.” Her new book is "Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual." Help shape the future of Road to Resilience by tak…
 
Jess Ting, MD, has learned to thrive without road maps. As a kid, he taught himself to play the upright bass and went on to study at Julliard. Now he’s blazing trails in transgender medicine and surgery. “It’s a great field because it’s so young,” Dr. Ting says. “There’s lots of room to innovate.” Among Dr. Ting’s innovations—a completely new appro…
 
The Interview Discusses: How his investment strategy has evolved since retiring from managing money professionally. His thoughts on asset allocation. Which areas of the stock market he is currently finding value in. How to invest in a potentially rising interest rate environment. His sell discipline when investing in equities.…
 
Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, understands why vaccine hesitancy remains stubbornly high in communities of color. Growing up in New York City’s projects, she heard stories of forced sterilization in Puerto Rico and saw the medical system put other families first. Now Dr. Calderon finds herself on the flip side of the coin, trying to persuade reluctant co…
 
Part II: Scott Pittman, chief investment officer of the $2 billion endowment for Mount Sinai, the largest hospital system in NYC, shares with us how Mount Sinai leverages its board members - many who are titans in the investment industry. He also discusses his thinking about investing in healthcare as the CIO of a hospital system endowment. In addi…
 
Sharon Salzberg was one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture beginning in the 1970s. She's a co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness. Her podcast The Metta Hour, features interviews with leaders in …
 
Neurosurgeon Joshua Bederson, MD, has performed more than 4,000 neurosurgeries at Mount Sinai. In this audio profile, he talks about the beauty of the brain and the connection between neurosurgery and his other passion: sculpting. Dr. Bederson is Leonard I. Malis, MD / Corinne and Joseph Graber Professor of Neurosurgery and System Chair for the Dep…
 
Scott Pittman, CIO of the $2 billion endowment for Mount Sinai, the largest hospital system in New York City, shares what drew him to this role, how his office identifies new investment opportunities, and he describes investments that Mount Sinai has made that he is particularly proud of. (Recorded July, 2020) Check out Accelerate Investors program…
 
The Interview Discusses: How he helped launch CNBC, What it was like working in the cable industry when it finally started to gain popularity, David’s views on the current media landscape and where he believes there could be consolidation, His thoughts on how content will be bundled in the future, David’s thoughts on the current multiples for conte…
 
Early in the pandemic, when little was known about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, neuropathologist Mary Fowkes, MD, PhD, volunteered to perform autopsies on COVID-19 victims. Wearing a full-body protective suit and often working alone, she painstakingly examined the virus’s impact on the brain. What she and her team found shocked her—significant blood clots…
 
Rachel Yehuda, PhD, has been at the forefront of trauma research and treatment for three decades. Her pioneering work with populations including military veterans and Holocaust survivors has illuminated the biology of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite scientific advances, PTSD remains difficult to treat. Even “gold standard” cognitive-…
 
When COVID-19 hit back in March, Brendan Carr, MD, MS, was the first person we turned to. He oversees emergency rooms at Mount Sinai's eight hospitals. And when we spoke, Dr. Carr was in battle-mode, facing a poorly understood virus that threatened to overwhelm the U.S. health care system. Nine months later, in the midst of a third wave and with va…
 
With COVID-19 vaccines providing light at the end of the tunnel, we catch up with ICU nurse Jessica Montanaro, MSN, RN, nine months after our first interview to find out how she's doing, what she's learned this year, and how she and her team are fighting the pandemic's third wave. Ms. Montanaro is Assistant Nursing Care Coordinator, Medical Surgica…
 
Part II: Chris Ailman, chief investment officer of California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), a $230 billion pension fund, which has a 72% female membership, shares his thoughts on the role the government should play in supporting individuals vs. equity markets during our current economic crisis. He also discusses his thoughts on activ…
 
The Interview Discusses: Michael’s fascinating career from being a columnist and feature writer at Barron’s to becoming a Senior Markets Commentator on CNBC. The importance of Twitter as a tool for journalists. Michael’s famous source, ‘the mystery broker’. How Michael has used his experience covering 9/11 and has applied that to Covid-19.His thoug…
 
First they said it wasn't important to study opioid addiction. Then they said it wasn't possible to do it her way. Hear how Yasmin Hurd, PhD, learned to tune out the noise and take control. Links: Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai - https://bit.ly/2Ic9vfB Hurd Laboratory - http://labs.neuroscience.mssm.edu/project/hurd-lab/ "Addressing racism and …
 
The real story of how medicine moves forward, one smart person at a time. A new podcast from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Listen and subscribe on your favorite podcast app. https://realsmartpeople.buzzsprout.com If you're enjoying Road to Resilience, please rate and review us on Apple Podcasts. Sign up for our monthly newsletter. Le…
 
Chris Ailman, chief investment officer of California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), a $230 billion pension fund, which has a 72% female membership, discusses their risk mitigating strategies and innovative strategies and the role they play in the CalSTRS portfolio. He also discusses how we are in a health crisis vs. a financial crisis…
 
How can Ancient Greek tragedies help communities build resilience in the face of stress and trauma? Since 2009, Theater of War Productions has used this “ancient technology” to break cultures of silence and spark cathartic conversations. They've performed for soldiers, prison guards, front-line health workers, and many other audiences. In this inte…
 
Over the past few months, physician assistants (PAs) at Mount Sinai have been engaged in a lively discussion about resilience. Their goal: To process their COVID-19 experience together and share strategies for managing feelings of stress, grief, and even guilt. In this episode, two PAs and a clinical social worker talk about why they joined the 11-…
 
Part 2: Johara Farhadieh, CIO and executive director of the Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI), a $20 billion defined benefit plan and a $4.5 billion deferred compensation plan, discusses how ISBI’s investment process has been impacted by COVID-19, shares her advice to asset owners on diversity and inclusion, and describes how ISBI holds its…
 
The Interview Discusses: How Zoom and other technologies will change how we conduct business going forward. David’s views on how the pandemic has impacted the global economy. How the private equity world is changing in terms of the types of deals they are doing. Key skills needed to be an effective fundraiser. How The Carlyle Group almost went out …
 
Tanya Bhatia has had breast cancer for much of her adult life. Her first diagnosis, at age 23, took her by surprise and left her isolated and depressed. “I never wanted to have that experience again,” she recalls. So when her second diagnosis came, she chose to handle it differently. “I’m going to live my life, and I’ll just add chemo to my routine…
 
It was a dark and stormy night … Judith Hunt, 80, slipped and fell rushing down a dark hallway. She wound up in the hospital with a broken hip. It was the beginning of a medical odyssey that would include heart surgery, bowel surgery, and a brush with COVID-19. In this episode, Judith talks about facing death with grit and gallows humor, and the sm…
 
Johara Farhadieh, CIO and executive director of Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI), a $20 billion defined benefit plan and a $4.5 billion deferred compensation plan, shares with us her career trajectory at ISBI, discusses the BlackRock Emerging Broker Council, and she describes ISBI’s relationship with its strategic partners. (Recorded July …
 
As a teenager, figure skater Gracie Gold won two US National titles and an Olympic bronze medal. But then depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder forced her to withdraw from competition and seek treatment. In this interview, Gracie talks about the pitfalls of pursuing Olympic glory, and how the same qualities that made her an elite athlete also…
 
Stella Safo and Saranya Loehrer discuss the role of physicians and other healthcare providers in helping shape policy by taking a more active role in the voting process AND by having those discussions with their patients. Topics of disparities in healthcare and the exacerbation of those disparities in COVID are also discussed. See bios below:https:…
 
Machismo almost killed Neil Carroll. Growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s, he was taught that when bad things happen, real men suck it up. So after experiencing trauma in the Air Force, instead of looking for help, Neil turned to drugs and alcohol. “I had all the wrong coping mechanisms,” he recalls. Then came 9/11 and a host of new challenges, inc…
 
The interview Discusses: The differences between the current business climate and the one at the start of his career in the 1980s. His views on when share buybacks are appropriate. Why capital allocation was so critical for shareholder returns at Jarden. Executives he believes are good capital allocators. How he managed to gain control of the compa…
 
Autism has always been a part of Alison Singer’s life. When she was a little girl in the 1970s, she would visit her older brother, who has non-verbal autism with a cognitive disability, at the now-infamous Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. “I just remember hearing a lot of screaming and moaning,” she recalls. “I hated it.” By the time Alis…
 
Part 2: Marcus Frampton, CIO of Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, a $60 billion sovereign wealth fund, shares with us how APF thinks about incorporating ESG principles into its investment portfolio, how APF thinks about diversifying from its oil exposure, and what aspect concerns him the most about the COVID-19 pandemic. (Recorded April 24, 2020) …
 
In late March, while coronavirus cases surged in New York City, Shahonna Anderson, 40, was diagnosed with stage three cancer. She’d already had an orange-sized tumor removed from her chest, and now she faced daily radiation and two cycles of chemotherapy at the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai. “After five minutes of crying, I said, ‘Alright, …
 
The Interview Discusses: Brandon’s views on running a public company (especially during times of stock price volatility). Why ANGI took the rare step for a public company and stopped providing quarterly guidance. How ANGI is trying to transform the way consumers purchase home services and why he believes home services is one of the last major categ…
 
After the most destructive earthquake in a century struck Puerto Rico on Jan. 7, Hansel Arroyo, MD, and Lyse Aybar, LCSW, joined a team of mental health workers headed for the island. With the ground still trembling, they went door to door, listening to survivors' stories and providing mental health assistance. In this interview, recorded before th…
 
Marcus Frampton, CIO of Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, a $60 billion sovereign wealth fund, shares with us his investment philosophy, top reasons why APF does not invest in a fund manager, and his thoughts on investing in private equity co-investments, hedge funds, and tech in the era of COVID-19. (Recorded April 24, 2020) Check out Accelerate …
 
Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, PhD, grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust. Her father was a survivor, but he refused to talk about his experiences. Propelled by his silence, Dr. Schiller became an expert on how the brain stores fear memories. In 2010, she published a landmark paper in Nature that shed light on a neurological process called “reco…
 
Lynne Richardson, MD, wanted to become a doctor ever since she was a kid. But society had other ideas for a black girl born in Harlem in the 1950s. "I remember the first time I told my family physician. He said, 'Don't be ridiculous. You'll get married and have children,'" she recalls. Dr. Richardson went on to become an emergency medicine physicia…
 
Part 2: Rodrigo Garcia, CIO at the Illinois State Treasurer’s office, shares the challenges of investing as a public fund, how diversity adds to the bottom line, and a few book recommendations - just in time for your summer reading list! (Recorded February 27, 2020) Check out Accelerate Investors programs and events (where you can connect with some…
 
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