NEW YORK, May 22, 2018—Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and three-term mayor of New York City, will be the guest of the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) 3rd Annual Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman Lecture Series on the Psychology of Philanthropy. Ari Ackerman, founder and former CEO of Bunk1and, owner and partner of the Miami Marlins, will have a discussion with Bloomberg titled “Philanthropy for the Soul” on Tuesday, May 29, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY.
Mike Bloomberg’s entrepreneurial spirit, public-policy experience, and belief in the power of cities to drive solutions to pressing global problems defines Bloomberg Philanthropies’ approach to its works in over 120 countries. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change and ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health.
The discussion will focus on philanthropy and the critical and complex decision-making processes—regardless of one’s nationality, religion, or other belief systems—that motivates a person to give to various causes.
The lecture series is named for the late Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman, who was a prominent New York City clinical psychologist and the author behind The Huffington Post’s popular weekly advice column, “Dr. Mona Knows.” A graduate of New York University, as well as a former trustee, Dr. Ackerman was deeply philanthropic, providing support to a broad range of cultural and scientific organizations in New York City and around the world. She had the vision to establish the “Psychology of Philanthropy” course within the NYU School of Professional Studies George H. Heyman Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising, to teach professionals about the intersection between psychology and philanthropy. Dr. Ackerman deeply and selflessly cared about making the world better. She exemplified what philanthropy means—she not only gave of her time and her financial support, but she also possessed an unparalleled generosity of spirit, humanitarianism, and altruism. This lecture series continues her extraordinary work and legacy. Her memory is honored through the generous support of this lecture series by her children, Ari Ackerman and Dr. Gila Ackerman.
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About Michael R. Bloomberg
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City for three terms. The technology startup he launched in 1981 to provide real-time data and analysis to the financial services industry has grown into Bloomberg LP, a global company that now employs over 19,000 people in 73 countries. He led the company for 20 years before being elected mayor of New York in 2001.
Since leaving City Hall in 2013, he has resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.
Bloomberg was elected mayor less than two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected. His administration raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent, cut crime by a third, reduced the city’s carbon footprint by nearly 20 percent, and increased life expectancy by three years. His economic policies, which supported entrepreneurs, small businesses, and emerging industries such as tech and bioscience, helped to create a record number of jobs.
A lifelong philanthropist, his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, employs a unique data-driven approach to its five main focus areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. He also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions on urgent issues, including climate change, gun safety, immigration reform, and infrastructure investment. Bloomberg serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases. He is co-author, with Carl Pope, of the New York Times bestseller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.
Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.
About Ari Ackerman
Ari Ackerman is a successful serial entrepreneur and proud philanthropist. His role in his business ventures includes strategic development, growth, and overall management. He is the founder and former chief executive officer of Bunk1.com, the enormously popular technology company that allows parents to see pictures, and send emails/Bunk Notes to kids at summer camp. He recently had a successful sale and exit of Bunk1 to a private equity firm. Prior to Bunk1, his career included product management with Procter & Gamble and the marketing department of Cendant Corporation. Additionally, he worked for four years on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress, and on the Banking and Financial Services Committee. Ackerman has been featured in dozens of media outlets including CNN, The Today Show, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Ackerman grew up in New York City and earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA with honors from Northwestern University (Kellogg). His philanthropic endeavors included serving on multiple boards such as the JCRC, AIPAC, and UJA. In addition, he has hosted dozens of leading political figures in his home including John McCain and Michael Bloomberg. One of his latest entrepreneurial ventures is Tribe, a unique dating app that facilitates meaningful connections for Jewish singles. Most importantly, for baseball and sports fans, he recently became an owner and partner of the Miami Marlins through the Derek Jeter-led group that purchased the team.
About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.
More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 26,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.