Tom joined the board of FOM in 2015, though he and his artist wife, Peggy, have been attending concerts for nearly 30 years. They live in Chappaqua with their one-eyed cockapoo. Most of Tom’s work on the board focuses on strategy for FOM and on p.r. and digital content and marketing, in tandem with newer board members Howard Cohen and Adam Glenn.
A refugee from academics (he once taught English literature at UC Berkeley and Vassar College), Tom spent three decades as reporter and editor for Newsweek, ABC World News Tonight, and Forbes, among other publications. These days he’s a “content creator,” helping executives and entrepreneurs find their narrative voices, mainly through thought leadership articles. He is coauthor of Unleashing the Innovators (Crown Publishing, 2017).
MUSICAL MOMENTS: Tom grew up playing recorder and flute, but probably stunted his development because he hated to practice. As a kid, he used to listen as his dad played recordings of Beethoven, Schubert, Prokofiev, and—especially—Pablo Casals performing Bach and Saint-Saëns. These days he believes that chamber music is one of the few things that might just save the world. He draws inspiration from his older daughter, Suzanne, who sings in the chorus of Chicago’s Lyrica Opera (and, of course, from his younger daughter, Julia, a teacher in New York City).