The Effects of the PeerForward Program

Art Samberg
Art Samberg

A Stanford University graduate and hedge fund innovator, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently functions as the owner of Hawkes Financial, LLC, a family office. Beyond his work, Art J. Samberg supports the PeerForward program and received the Lifetime Peer Leader honor during the organization’s 2016 gala event.

PeerForward provides students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, with a support network of teachers and peers with the aim of ensuring more people attend college. The organization notes that less than 10 percent of low-income students receive full college educations, despite estimates that 65 percent of jobs will require a college education by 2020.

Since its inception, PeerForward has worked with over 500 schools to boost the numbers of low-income students applying to college, achieving an 85 percent application rate during 2015 in the schools it operates in. Overall, PeerForward has increased college application numbers by over 20 percent across its partner schools, in addition to achieving a 64 percent submission rate for federal student aid to help low-income students.

The Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence

Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence pic
Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Columbia Business School, Art Samberg is a hedge fund icon who manages operations at Hawkes Financial, LLC, his family office. Art Samberg also has provided consistent support to Columbia Business School and was honored by alumni and faculty in 2006 for contributing to 20 professorship endowments. Additionally, he contributed a gift of $10 million to Columbia Business School in 2002 via the Samberg Institute to open the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence.

The institute’s aim is to promote excellent in teaching throughout the school, offering a range of resources and educational programs for teachers that help them develop their skills, introduce innovative techniques into their lessons, and integrate their teaching styles with their curricula. Development workshops are led by professional consultants and other faculty members, who also provide individual coaching and feedback to help teachers in regards to skills development and course content.

Between 2012 and 2013, the institute adopted the Canvas Learning Management System, which the Samberg Institute helped to roll out.

Things to Know Before Attempting to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Mount Kilimanjaro

A seasoned financial professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently runs his family office, Hawkes Financial LLC. In 2000, Art J. Samberg summited Mount Kilimanjaro. The following are things you need to know before attempting such a feat:

1. Climbing isn’t required – Outside of some minor bouldering if you take the Machame, Umbwe, Shire, or Lemosho routes, you don’t need climbing skills to summit Kilimanjaro. However, fitness is essential, as you will spend approximately five to seven hours hiking on difficult terrain each day.

2. The weather – Most Kilimanjaro climbers make their ascents between January and February or June and October, as these are the mountain’s dry weather periods. If you wish to avoid crowds you can gamble on attempting an ascent during the transition from these dry periods into the rest of the months. However, you may find your attempts curtailed due to the weather.

3. Drink plenty of water – Dehydration is a key contributor to altitude sickness, so you should aim to drink about three liters of water each day. Your guide will replenish water supplies as you ascend so ensure you have plenty available to you at the start of each day.

The Core Semester During MIT’s MBA Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


With over three decades of experience in the finance sector, during which time he established himself as a hedge fund icon, Arthur “Art” Samberg now leads Hawkes Financial LLC, his family office. An educated individual, Art J. Samberg studied for his MBA at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Current MBA students at MIT study at MIT Sloan, which focuses on creating a collaborative environment.

During their first, or Core, semester at MIT Sloan, new MBA students are divided into six groups. These cohort groups typically contain approximately 70 people of varying cultural backgrounds, with each individual offering diverse experience and interests to the group. Each cohort works together for the duration of the Core semester.

Within each cohort, students split further into teams of six or seven, with each team working together on assignments and projects, in addition to studying for exams. The overall aim of the Core semester and the cohort idea is to demonstrate the diversity that students will encounter once they enter the workplace and prepare them for it.