YAD Talks: Big gains, huge losses, lessons learned with former Madoff trader, Andrew Cohen

by | Apr 17, 2015 | What’s Happening

Thursday, April 30, 6 pm, Bite Restaurant & Catering

The stories Andrew Cohen will share at the Spring 2015 YAD Talks networking event could be the basis for a new Netflix Original Series: stellar career success, huge financial gains, early retirement, devastating losses, guilt-by-association, victimization, intrigue, naiveté and, now, reinvention.

Cohen, a professor at Old Dominion University, teaches finance classes, including Wall Street 101, a subject he knows well. For a decade, Cohen was a top trader and investor for Bernie Madoff’s New York investment firm. He left the business before it came crashing down, but not before investing millions with his former boss. Like thousands of other individuals and organizations (many of them Jewish), Cohen became a victim of Madoff’s illegal scam—the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history— and lost most of his money.

Jacob Mart, a financial analyst with Harbor Group International and YAD Talks co-chair with Shikma Rubin, is looking forward to hearing these stories, and the lessons Cohen has to share.

“This event will be entertaining, but also inspire and inform,” says Mart. “We are very fortunate that Andrew has agreed to speak to us in the intimate setting of YAD Talks. He’s a great guy and has a really unique story. It’s one of great success, and ultimately pursuit of happiness.”

The Spring 2015 YAD Talks is a presentation of the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Mart says YAD Talks creates an environment for a different conversation to take place in the Jewish community, and hopefully provides a way for Jewish young adults to connect and form friendships.

The event at Bite Restaurant includes free appetizers with a cash bar.

Space is limited. Register at www.jewishva. org/yad-talks, or email byaffe@ujft.org for more information. Bite Restaurant is located at 440 Monticello Ave Suite 110 in Norfolk.

The Young Adult Division (YAD) of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is open to adults ages 22 through 45 (inclusively).To find out more about YAD Talks and other YAD programs, please visit www.jewishva.org/yad.