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What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Stephen A. Schwarzman, Niall Ferguson (moderator)
Tue, February 4th, 2020 | 6:30 pm | Ticket & Book Combo $55 (Members $45)


Stephen A. Schwarzman is widely recognized for his distinguished career as chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, as well as his philanthropic support of impactful and innovative organizations and initiatives. What lessons helped shape him to become the leader he is today? In an intimate conversation with renowned historian Niall Ferguson, Mr. Schwarzman reflects upon his lifelong pursuit of excellence and making a meaningful contribution and offers insight to those striving to make a greater impact.

Stephen A. Schwarzman, a celebrated businessman and philanthropist, is the author of What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. Niall Ferguson (moderator) is Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, an author, and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.

Ticket price of this program includes a copy of Stephen A. Schwarzman’s book, What It Takes, and includes NYS sales tax (8.875%). All sales are final. Program tickets and books are nonrefundable, nonreturnable, and nonexchangeable. Book copies will be distributed at Will Call the evening of the program.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
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In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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