Former Wall Street Trader, Author, & Founder of Non-Profit Groceryships
Sam Polk is a former Wall Street Trader and founder of the non-profit, Groceryships.
At thirty years old, Sam Polk earned millions of dollars a year as a Senior Trader for one of the largest hedge funds in the world. As first, becoming a Wall Street trader was the fulfillment of his dreams. But in reality, it was just the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviors, from overeating, to bulimia, to alcohol and drug abuse. His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse. Making money was just the latest attempt to fill a deep childhood void. That is, until, he finally had enough. Sam left his Wall Street job to build Groceryships, a non-profit organization in South Los Angeles that helps low-income families struggling with obesity.
In January 2014, Sam Polk shocked the nation with the New York Times Op-ed piece “For the Love of Money.” The article, which detailed the wealth and addiction in Wall Street culture, went instantly viral, and was expanded into a memoir. In For the Love of Money, Sam Polk further details his own personal journey from Wall Street, to fighting the ghosts of his past, and the radical new way he now defines success.
Sam’s non-profit organization has become a thought-leader in the fight against obesity and poverty. In speeches, Sam not only details his personal success story, but also addresses why he started Groceryships and offers an in-depth look at the intersection of poverty and obesity, the innovative, multi-faceted strategy Groceryships employs, and how to move from thinking about what we can “get,” to what we can “give.”