A brief glimpse at Josh Spodek’s world, one would conclude him to be a successful Ph.D., MBA Ivy League-educated, tall, blonde, blue-eyed white male, who is a bit of a fitness buff and concerned about the environment. He’s quite possibly the quintessential eligible bachelor, and for some would make an ideal husband or boyfriend. Interestingly as it might be, his impressive background, which many would covet, no longer seems to carry the same weight it use to in society. Unfortunately, his whiteness and gender, are viewed by a woke society today as being toxic and privileged. He, on the other hand, doesn’t view himself that way.
Spodek returns to “After Dark” to discuss an article he recently authored “Why do so many people lecture me on what it’s like to be a straight white male…?” Listening to him talk about his life story is anything but a privileged life. As he explains to the hosts, like so many others he’s had challenges in his life and had to work hard for what he has achieved. He says the life individuals ascribe to him is “invariably unlike” the life he has lived and is living.
Joshua Spodek Ph.D. MBA is a three-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, host of the award-winning This Sustainable Life podcast, and professor at NYU. He holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate and helped launch a satellite. He is one of the founders of an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations. He has taught and coached leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, Google, IBM, The New York Academy of Science, and Children’s Aid Society. He has appeared on TV and in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal to discuss Sustainable Life and leadership. He was called the “best and brightest” in Esquire’s Genius issue, “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” by NBC, and “rocket scientist” by Forbes.