Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to travel inside the head of a member of the one-point-0-0-0-0-one percent? Can you comprehend how it feels to receive a multi-million dollar bonus and still want more? Sam Polk takes us there in For the Love of Money and on his soul-transforming journey from financial greed and spiritual bankruptcy to a newly dedicated life. Take a stroll in Sam’s shoes on Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 pm with this talk, q& a and signing.
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. His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse, the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviors, from overeating and bulimia to alcohol and drug abuse. And he had come to loathe the culture—the shallowness, the crude machismo—and Wall Street’s use of wealth as the sole measure of a person’s worth. He decided to walk away from it all. Raw, vivid, and immensely readable, For the Love of Money explores the birth of a young hedge fund trader, his disillusionment, and the radical new way he has come to define success.
“Riveting. Polk’s story is a remarkable blueprint of hope and transformation for what comes after greed. I was blown away.” — Geneen Roth, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author of Women Food and God
Former hedge fund trader Sam Polk is a writer, founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a nonprofit that helps low-income families struggling with obesity, and co-founder and CEO of Harvest, a social enterprise that sells healthy, ready-to-eat meals in low-income communities at affordable prices. His writing has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and CNBC.com.