Philosophy salon: a conversation about power, ambition, and authenticity

Featuring Stacey Vanek Smith, Chris Salboudis, and Skye C. Cleary

Nov 30, 2022
5:30 PM | Drinks
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery

Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members
Program is FREE to attend
Eventbrite RSVP required

$50 + tax (no tip) for prix fixe dinner; includes wine
Reservations for dinner required; card payments only
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You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the talk alone, or for both the talk and dinner. Dinner must be pre-paid via Eventbrite.
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About the Event

What can 16th-century philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli teach us about power, ambition, and authenticity in the 21st-century workplace? Join Machiavelli for Women author Stacey Vanek Smith, How to Be Authentic author Skye Cleary, and Chris Salboudis to discuss!

About the Speakers

Stacey Vanek Smith is a longtime public radio reporter and host, highly regarded for her insight and journalism on work, business, and economics. Her book, Machiavelli For Women, looks at how women can apply the philosophy of Machiavelli to their 21st-century work lives and shatter the glass ceiling once and for all. Stacey is the host of NPR’s daily podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Her work has appeared on All things Considered, Consider This, Morning Edition, Up First, Weekend All Things Considered, as well as in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Awl and People Magazine.

Chris Salboudis is the Founding CEO and Director of the Philo4Thought initiative which educates, inspires, and empowers young professionals. She is a doctoral student at Columbia Teachers College, Manager and Student Coordinator at Columbia University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University. Chris has served as Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s University, mentored college youth, and earned many academic and community service awards over the years for her advocacy of women, young professionals, and underrepresented minority communities.

Skye C. Cleary is a philosopher and author of How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for FulfillmentExistentialism and Romantic Love and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life. Skye teaches at Columbia University and the City College of New York. Her past careers include international equity arbitrage trading and management consulting. Skye’s writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Aeon, The Times Literary SupplementTED-Ed, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other outlets. She won the 2017 New Philosopher Writers’ Award and was a 2021 MacDowell Fellow.


If you plan to stay for dinner, and would like to have the prix-fixe, you may pre-pay when RSVP-ing via Eventbrite to guarantee your prix-fixe meal reservation or order from the prix-fixe when you come in. Otherwise, you are welcome to order from the a la carte menu (wine is not included when ordering a la carte). Thank you!

Nov 30 @ 6:30PM Salmagundi Club New York City Philosophy Salon At the Coffee House Club A conversation about power, ambition authenticity With Stacey Vanek Smith, Chris Salboudis, and Skye Cleary