What I Like: Caryl Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
What I Like …
■ AN INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN MY CAREER: Mort Clarke. He was my professor my freshman year of college for an acting course. He taught me “You don’t forget lines, you just don’t care to say them,” showing me that attitude is everything. I have held this in my mind for over 30 years.
■ AN OUT-OF-THE-BOX IDEA: The UNICEF Tap Project — A campaign that has restaurants asking their patrons to pay $1 for the glass of usually free tap water on their table because close to 5,000 children die each day from causes related to lack of access to good, clean, healthy drinking water.
■ A TIMELESS IDEA: Every outfit looks better when you add a scarf to it.
■ A BUSINESS DEAL: Anything where the beneficiary shares his/her “profits” with the world’s children.
■ A SPORTS FACILITY: I loved the old Yankee Stadium, think the new Citi Field is fabulous, can’t walk in Madison Square Garden without reliving my first NBA and NHL experiences there, and was wowed by the Devils’ new arena in Newark. But, I do love day games at Wrigley Field when I am in Chicago.
■ A TREND: When I was 8 years old, I was willing to give my life for a pair of “Go Go Boots.”
■ AN IDEA OR INVENTION I WISH I HAD THOUGHT OF: Suitcases with wheels.
■ A FANTASY JOB: I’m torn between truly having a position of influence to right the world’s injustices and having one that would allow me to sit on my front porch all day …
■ MY JOB: Absolutely believing in what we do and simultaneously feeling like what I do matters.
■ SPORTS TECHNOLOGY: The adaptation of prosthetic devices (especially those for kids) that enable people to still play sports.
■ SPORTS FANS: Their energy, their passion!
What I Would Like To …
■ CHANGE: The fact that 22,000 children are dying each day from causes we can prevent — I want to see that number come down to zero.
■ CHANGE IN WHAT I DO: Eat less/exercise more.
■ SEE: All three of my sons grown into adulthood, happy, healthy and wise.
■ SEE MORE OF IN SPORTS: Respect for women’s leagues/teams/athletes.
■ SEE LESS OF IN SPORTS: Athletes who forget that children look up to them as role models.
■ SEE LESS OF IN SPORTS BUSINESS: Greediness.
■ SEE DIFFERENT: The inequities between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
What I Don’t Like …
■ IN GENERAL: Stereotypes and those whose bigotry propels them to act on those stereotypes.
■ PET PEEVE: When one of my sons or my husband leaves the seat up.
■ IN SPORTS: My own talent level. In my next life I will be an athlete.
■ ABOUT SPORTS FANS: Those jerks who sat behind my family’s seats last season at baseball games who were so drunk that it ruined it for my kids.
What I Like …
■ PEOPLE: My kids — Of course I love them, but I truly like them, too. They make me laugh, they challenge me, they’re my favorite people.
■ THAT WOULD SURPRISE THOSE WHO KNOW ME: Trashy novels.
■ PLAYERS: The guys and gals who have done so much for UNICEF — Dikembe Mutombo, Pau Gasol, Patrick Elias, Dwight Howard, Sammy Dalembert, Yani Tseng, David Ortiz — I could go on and on!
■ CITY: I am a true New Yorker — there is no place like New York.
■ POSSESSION: I have a bracelet that my dad bought me his last year of work. I wear it every day and remember him as I put it on.
■ MEMENTO: My office is filled with gifts from kids I’ve met around the globe.
■ MUSIC: I like all music, but The Beatles will always be No. 1 for me. Even the first dance at my wedding was a Beatles song.
■ MAGAZINES: The Week is my favorite, but I also read Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, More and People religiously.
■ TRIPS: My honeymoon in New Zealand. Most surprisingly loved: Vietnam (been back numerous times); Sierra Leone (magnificent countryside and people). Most memorable: Darfur. Most at home: Israel.
■ MOVIES: This past year: “Get Him to the Greek” and “The King’s Speech.”
■ CONCERTS: In my college years I never missed a Marshall Tucker Band concert.
■ ARTIST: I studied for my doctoral comprehensive exams in the Chicago Art Institute on a bench opposite a Matisse painting — he kept me sane through weeks of studying.
■ FOOD: Anything chocolate or with mushrooms in it.
■ DRINKS: Peach Martinis or Diet Coke.
■ SCENT: Bill Blass perfume.
■ VACATION SPOT: Our country home in Columbia County, N.Y.
■ AFTERSHAVE: Acqua di Gio.
■ QUOTE: “If we solve all the problems of the world but fail to solve the problems of education, our children will destroy what we bequeath them. But if we solve only the problems of education, our children will solve the problems of the world.” — Thomas Jefferson.