On Sunday, April 14th 11a – 2p, Robert Reffkin will serve as a “Featured Maker” at an invite-only intimate power brunch, “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond”. (To attend, send a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert’s story is pretty impressive. He’ll tell you that despite the circumstances in his youth that could have held him back, he’s living a good life. He’s humble and appreciative – constantly giving credit to nonprofits like A Better Chance, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and Summer Search for helping to shape the man that he is today.
I am keenly aware of the fact that I did not achieve all this by myself. I had a great deal of help all along the way from people who cared and who were willing to give of themselves to others. Now it is my turn. I want to use what I have been given – my health and physical stamina, my abilities and my connectedness with others to reach out to young people and make a difference in their lives.
– Robert Reffkin
When you look at him, you see a sharply dressed man who’s confident, civic-minded and well-connected. He’s a Columbia University graduate (both undergrad and M.B.A.) who earned the coveted White House Fellowship. He is a rising corporate celebrity on Wall Street and founder of the successful nonprofit organization, New York Needs You. And, since 2007 he has been using the sweat of his brow (literally) and his extensive Rolodex to raise $1 million for the kids.
He’s a true visionary with a strong sense of purpose and the stick-to-itiveness to see his goals through to the end. And what a goal it is to raise $1m for nonprofits by running 50 marathons! Every time I say it (or type it) I marvel at the gravity of what he has accomplished. His story is a testament to the impact that nonprofits can have on the lives of young people and the amazing adults they can become.
Robert is Founder and CEO of Urban Compass. Previously, Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as Chief of Staff to the President & COO following five years working in the firm’s private equity arm. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Company. In 2005, he was appointed as a White House Fellow to serve as special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. Robert is also the Founder of New York Needs You. He received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University. Outside of work, he is running 50 marathons, one in each state, to raise $1 million for nonprofits.