The Amy and Tony Polak 2011
Distinguished Advocate Award

Sy Sternberg Sy Sternberg Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer New York Life Insurance Company Sy Sternberg is the retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of New York Life Insurance Company, which he joined in 1989 as Senior Vice President in charge of the company’s group insurance department. In 1995, Mr. Sternberg was elected Vice Chairman of the board of New York Life, and became President and CEO that same year. He became Chairman of the Board and CEO in 1997, and remained CEO until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Sternberg has been very closely associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City for over 30 years and has served on the Board of the New York City Leadership Academy since it was founded in 2003 as a primary training center for principals of the City’s public school system. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University in Boston, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Hackley, an independent K-12 school in Tarrytown, New York.   In 1999, Mr. Sternberg was appointed by President Clinton and served through 2002 as one of three United States representatives to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC). In January 2008, Mayor Bloomberg, of New York City, appointed Mr. Sternberg as cochair, along with former Mayor Dinkins, of the Mayor’s task force on Career and Technical Education Innovation. Mr. Sternberg is the father of two grown daughters, Jodi and Donna, and resides in Purchase, NY, with his wife, Laurie, and their son, Matthew.