In his newest book, Start Now: Because That Meaningful Job Is Out There, Just Waiting For You, Reynold Levy ’66, L.H.D. ’14 offers readers a roadmap through the lessons and experiences he’s accrued in his career, to “think about what you really want to do with your life.”
Levy, who has served as president of Lincoln Center, the Robin Hood Foundation and the AT&T Foundation, has long taken an interest in “helping people who approach me about their futures — newcomers to the workplace, people who’ve been recently fired, those sensing career stall and ready to advance, those eager to move on, those finding their work deadening or tedious, those facing midlife crisis or pre-retirement planning.”
In Start Now, he walks readers through the process of planning for the future deliberately, practically and imaginatively, whatever the current state of their careers. Levy distills his experience as both an employee and an executive, resulting in a “book about work — finding work you love, getting it, doing it well, leaving it — but…also a book about how to live,” writes Jennifer Homans, prize-winning author, founder of the Center for Ballet and the Arts and dance critic for The New Yorker. “Part memoir, part social analysis, part practical guide, it is a terrific read: wise and fun, deep and light, full of stories about people and problems, and the sheer good pleasure of a job that gives back to the world.”
“You don’t have to cure cancer or be an expat humanitarian worker to lead a meaningful life. There’s a breadth of opportunities and approaches I refer to,” Levy says. “Policemen, sanitation workers, first responders, public servants, those who serve in the military: they all lead meaningful lives. The book is an effort to help you be inner-directed and live your life in a way that exposes you to a wide variety of opportunities that you can naturally seize when you’re ready for them. The book will guide you to take more control of that voyage and not be a cork in the water moving along the tides of economic change.”
Start Now will be published Jan. 28, 2020, but is available for pre-order now.
Levy currently serves as a consultant to commercial and nonprofit institutions and to benefactors seeking to expand their philanthropy. He is also the lead director of First Republic Bank. He is the author of four previous books on foreign policy, philanthropy and fundraising, including They Told Me Not To Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics and the Transformation of Lincoln Center, which was a New York Times best-seller.
After more than a decade of service, Levy retired as president of Lincoln Center in 2014 having transformed its financial model and built an unprecedented spirit of collaboration across the Center’s formidable constituents, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet. He was recognized in 2009 with Cooper Hewitt’s Design Patron Award for his stewardship of the Center’s campus, a $1.2 billion renovation and transformation project.
Additionally, Levy has served as executive director of the 92nd Street Y and president of the International Rescue Committee, as well as on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations. He has held the post of Senior Lecturer at The Harvard Business School and has taught law, political science and nonprofit management at Columbia and New York Universities and at the City University of New York.
At Hobart, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He went on to receive a law degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. As an alumnus, he has received the Hobart Alumni Medal of Excellence and served as honorary chair of fundraising efforts for the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.