9:39AM PST – Kim Stolz, Author, “Unfriending My Ex”
A new book, Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do documents the hilarity of the social media revolution from the inside, chronicling a life filtered through an obsessive relationship with technology.
As someone whose identity has been forged by reality TV (as a contestant on the hit television show, America’s Next Top Model), social media and mobile technology, Kim Stolz is completely obsessed with a life lived online. She has a hard time putting her phone down. And yet she remembers what it was like before technology-induced ADD, before it became a constant stream of late-night texts, Snapchats, and endless “selfies,” not to mention that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ve hit reply all and send by mistake.
Unfriending My Ex,in the spirit of funny and engaging memoirs by Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Handler, is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. What Kim concludes is that she’ll never give up social media. But since technology is here to stay, the key is figuring out how to use it in ways that enhance our lives – not keep us from living them.
Kim Stolz is a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model, MTV news anchor, and current Vice President of Equity Derivatives at Citigroup. She is a graduate of The Brearley School and Wesleyan University. In 2012 she was named one of the 100 Most Compelling People of the Year by Out magazine. She lives in New York City. You can visit Kim at www.kimstolz.com, or on Twitter at @KimmyStolz.
“I may be one of the most digitally obsessed and addicted people of my generation,” confesses Kim Stolz, whose public identity has been forged by reality TV (as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model), social media, and mobile technology. Stolz, who has worked as an MTV News correspondent and is now Vice President of Equity Derivatives sales at Citigroup, has become a go-to voice for millennials.
Stolz graduated from The Brearley School in 2001 and went on to attend Wesleyan University where she graduated with honors for her thesis “The Impact of Exit Strategies on US Intervention Abroad in the Post-Cold War Era.” After graduation, Stolz surprised friends and family with stint on America’s Next Top Model: Cycle 5, and then began working at MTV as a news anchor, interviewing a virtual who’s who of public figures ranging from Jay-Z to Lady Gaga to President Barack Obama. Stolz has also been a contributor to Fox News, CNN and CBS News.
Kim Stolz’s first publication Unfriending My Ex (And Other Things I’ll Never Do),which explores the effect that social networking, smart phones and reality television have had on society and her generation, will be published in June 2014 by Scribner. She currently resides in New York City on the Upper East Side with her wife, Lexi Stolz.
10:08AM PST – Paul Irving is President of the Milken Institute. In addition to executive management, Irving leads global programs on public health. Paul has a new book, “The Upside of Aging – How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose.”
Paul Irving will reveal the remarkable upside for health, work and entrepreneurship, volunteerism, innovation,and education, as longevity and declining birth rates create a mature population of unprecedented size and significance. They examine dramatic opportunities arising from the intelligence of the aging brain, and the health and wellness revolution emerging from the worlds of medicine and technology. They describe the enormous profit potential from the aging demographic’s massive impact on global markets, the attributes of a mature workforce, the tools to make our older years purposeful and financially secure, and the new education paradigms incorporating older students and scholars. They detail the baby boomers’ crucial role in philanthropy and intergenerational collaboration, and discuss the development of livable cities that herald even more civic contribution from millions of older adults. With insight and intelligence, The Upside of Aging defines a future that differs profoundly from the retirement dreams of our parents and grandparents, one that holds promise and power and bears the stamp of a generation that has changed every stage of life through which it has moved.
Upside of Aging?
A lot more than you think, says a new book from the Milken Institute
An aging revolution is changing the world, demanding that we look at our older years in a fresh way. A new book edited by Paul Irving, president of the Milken Institute, moves beyond the stereotypes of dependency and decline to do just that.
Exploring the vast potential of longer lives, The Upside of Aging: How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose (Wiley) reveals how we can meet the challenges that accompany later life with positive solutions for people of all ages.
Irving and a distinguished group of contributing authors reveal the remarkable upside for health, work and entrepreneurship, volunteerism, innovation and education, as longevity and declining birth rates create a mature population of unprecedented size and significance.
“In the past century, discovery and innovation have enabled longevity that would be unimaginable to our forebears,” says Irving. “Increased longevity has contributed to unprecedented global economic growth and new opportunities for personal fulfillment that previous generations could only dream of.”
With a positive call to action, the book suggests new ways of thinking about aging. Among topics examined are:
- The emotional intelligence and qualities of the aging brain that science is uncovering.
- The new worlds of genomics, medicine and technology that are revolutionizing health care and wellness.
- The aging population’s massive impact on global markets, with enormous profit potential from an explosion in products and services geared toward mature consumers.
- New education paradigms to meet the needs and aspirations of older people, and to capitalize on their talents.
- The benefits that aging workers and entrepreneurs bring to companies, and the crucial role of older people in philanthropy and society.
- Tools and policies to facilitate financial security for longer and more purposeful lives.
- Infrastructure and housing changes to create livable cities for all ages, enabling “aging in place” and continuing civic contribution from millions of older adults.
- The opportunities and potential for intergenerational engagement and collaboration.
The chapter authors of The Upside of Aging bring unique authority to the topic. Editor Paul Irving leads the Milken Institute’s initiatives to improve public health and aging across America and the world, expand capital access, and enhance philanthropic impact. Under his direction, the Institute created the widely acknowledged Best Cities for Successful Aging index. ntributing authors include the world’s most authoritative voices on aging issues:
Paul Irving is president and a member of the board of the Milken Institute. In addition to executive management, Irving leads global programs on public health. Irving’s work to improve aging societies has been featured in outlets such as PBS Newshour, Forbes, CBS, NBC, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, and was recognized when he received the Janet L. Witkin Award from Affordable Living for the Aging in 2014. His book, “The Upside of Aging – How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” was recently published by John Wiley & Sons.
Irving is a member of the boards of East West Bancorp, Encore.org and Operation Hope, the Dean’s Council of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, the Board of Counselors of the USC Davis School of Gerontology, the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, and the National Advisory Board on Aging of Partners for Livable Communities.
Previously, Irving was an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman, CEO, and managing partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a prominent law and consulting firm. Irving served as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he received the Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the law.
10:39AM PST – Actress, Lee Grant, and author of the book, “I Said Yes To Everything”
Lee Grant was one of the brightest stars of her time, appearing in classic films like Shampoo, In the Heat of the Night, Valley of the Dolls, and Plaza Suite, as well as on television in the 1960s cultural phenomenon Peyton Place (for which she won an Emmy). Remarkably for a woman of her day, she went on to a distinguished three-decade career as a director, directing an Oscar-winning documentary and earning a Director’s Guild Award. Her talent, intelligence, grit, wit, and passion have made her one of her profession’s most respected and beloved figures, but her life outside the spotlight was as eventful and consequential as her career on stage and screen.
She was born in New York City as Lyova Haskell Rosenthal, the only child of upper-middle-class Jewish immigrants who simultaneously adored, coddled, and demanded great things from her. At the age of four she performed onstage at the Met in the 1931 production of L’Oracolo. A precocious teenager, she was a student at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse and later a member of the fabled Actors Studio under the direction of Lee Strasberg. While there, she learned the famous Method acting techniques, came to know many of the best actors of her generation, and took a ride with Marlon Brando on his motorcycle.
By the age of twenty-four, Grant was a Broadway star, a Vogue “It Girl,” and an Academy Award nominee. Against the wishes of her parents, she married a divorced older screenwriter and became stepmother to his children. But it all came crashing down in the 1950s, when because of one courageous speech and her association with her leftist husband she was put on the Hollywood blacklist, which prevented her from working in film and television. As her oppressive marriage disintegrated, she struggled to maintain her career and to support her young daughter while fighting the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy era that was sweeping the country and decimating the entertainment industry.
When she was finally dropped from the blacklist, Grant moved to California and threw herself into the television and film work that had previously been denied her. Acutely conscious of the twelve lost years in a business that worshiped youth, she had a face lift and falsified her age on her driver’s license. By then she was with the man who ultimately became her second husband and her producing partner, Joe Feury – an Italian-American “tomato” ten years her junior with whom she had expected to merely have a fling. For many years they lived in a house overlooking the Pacific in Malibu, where they often hosted celebrities including her Shampoo co-stars Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, and Julie Christie; directors HalAshby and John Schlesinger; screenwriter Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home); actors Michael Douglas, Ron Rifkin, and Roddy McDowall; and all their kids and local friends.
Brilliantly evoking the lush Malibu scene that fed one of the greatest periods of creativity in American film, Grant writes, “Oh my God, the discussions, the people, the soul, the fun, we were the center of the world. The view was gorgeous at the Red House, because it sat high on a ridge, facing the Pacific Ocean with green grass all around, the sunset happening over the water, shifting from crayon yellow to orange to pink to purple to pink panoramically. And the work I was doing at the time was beautiful, the talent I was moderating at the Actors Studio, my own wonderful, endless challenges as an actor and then as a director. We were greedy, sexy, happy, stoned on ourselves and on one another. Gobbling everything and one another up.”
Among the other celebrities appearing in Grant’s memoir, about whom she tells delightful and eye-opening stories, are Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, Sidney Poitier, Elia Kazan, Oscar Levant, Henry Fonda, Burt Lancaster, Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Lenny Bruce, Joe Papp, Sharon Tate, Kirk Douglas, Karen Black, Neil Simon, Marlo Thomas, Grace Kelly, Roger Corman, Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Willis, Albert Brooks, Angie Dickinson, Frank Sinatra, and Burt Bacharach.
Coming off her Oscar for Shampoo, Grant accepted roles in big-budget but second-tier movies like Airport 77, in which she played an unattractive character who gets drowned after a hand-to-hand battle with her good friend Brenda Vaccaro. Grant was following the rule that she’d learned as a young actress, to “say yes to everything” in order to keep working and stay afloat financially. But as she neared fifty and began to lose her youthful looks, she realized that her options in Hollywood would become increasingly limited. She had also developed a crippling fear of forgetting her lines, perhaps linked to the time she had inadvertently given two names while testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in Congress.
Reinventing herself once again, Grant moved back to New York and began directing film, television, and documentaries for HBO, Lifetime, and the networks. With films like Down and Out in America (a devastating look at unemployment that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1986), What Sex Am I? (about the challenges facing transgender people), and The Willmar 8 (about gender discrimination in the workplace), Grant was channeling her political passions and social concerns directly into her work for the first time and tackling cutting-edge issues. “Making documentaries,” she writes, “I’d found the voice that emerged from the blacklist and moved on to a new life.”
Honest, witty, and vastly entertaining, I Said Yes to Everything is both a compelling memoir of a singular life and an affecting universal story of a tenacious woman overcoming considerable obstacles to come into her own. Smart, funny, and significant, it offers a revealing and highly personal glimpse into some of the most fraught days of America’s political history, as well as a time when women were just beginning to assert their own worth and to break into the top levels of the film business. Through it all, Lee Grant navigates her travails, triumphs, and romances with heart and humor, embracing kismet and celebrating life.
Lee Grant won the Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actress in Shampoo and directed the Oscar winning Documentary Down and Out in America. She has appeared many times on Broadway and in such memorable films as DetectiveStory (for which she received her first Oscar nomination and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival), In the Heat of the Night, Valley of the Dolls, The Landlord, Plaza Suite, Portnoy’s Complaint, Voyage of the Damned, Airport 77, and Defending Your Life. She has also appeared on many television shows, including, Peyton Place (for which she won an Emmy), The Neon Ceiling (her second Emmy win), and the innovative 1970s series Fay. She has directed Nobody’s Child (winner of a Director’s Guild Award), The Stronger, Tell Me a Riddle, What Sex Am I?, The Willmar 8, When Women Kill, The Gun Deadlock, and many other documentaries, as well as more than forty episodes of Intimate Portrait for Lifetime. She founded her production company, Feury/Grant Entertainment, with her husband, Joe Feury. In 1989, Women in Film honored Grant with their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. An adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, she lives in New York City with her husband.