YMC Real Talks: The Business of Being Human, Vol. 1


On September 27th, the FCS YMC community came together for our new event series, “The Business of Being Human,” to listen in as Alex Lieberman, co-founder and chairman of Morning Brew, was interviewed by YMC’s Chris Konowitz, Hearst Magazines.

Lieberman shared insights on both his entrepreneurial and personal development journey, covering a range of topics, including:

Mentorship: Lieberman believes that there can and should be diverse sources of mentorship, and it’s also okay if they come from non-traditional sources. For Lieberman, some of his own mentors are not only colleagues – like his co-founder Austin Rief – but also individuals he’s never met, such as connections he’s made through Twitter and LinkedIn. One of his early mentors though was his late father, who is Lieberman’s model for high integrity.

Imposter Syndrome: Lieberman mentioned an insightful concept he encountered from British author and lifestyle guru Jay Shetty: Imposter syndrome is goals minus skills. This concept resonated with him, serving as a reminder to continuously push himself to grow. He acknowledged the existence of imposter syndrome in his own life, particularly as a founder who often felt pressure to live up to expectations.

Relentless Curiosity: Lieberman shared his thoughts on personal satisfaction and the pursuit of being “enough” as a co-founder and entrepreneur. After he sold Morning Brew and explored other entrepreneurial pursuits, he wanted his drive to be rooted in a love for learning and curiosity rather than feeling compelled to prove that he was more than a one-trick pony.

Adversity: Lieberman recognizes that life experiences and learned wisdom played a significant role in shaping his path and expresses gratitude for the path that led him to his current moment. He recognized the importance of embracing trial and error to prevent complacency and ensure ongoing growth.

If you want to read like an entrepreneur, Lieberman recommended several thought-provoking books that have influenced his perspective:

The Happiness Trap by Dr. Russ Harris: A guide to finding genuine contentment by accepting your thoughts and feelings, aligning your actions with your values and practicing mindfulness

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Klemp is a framework that promotes self-awareness, emotional intelligence and personal growth in leadership, focusing on cultivating a more mindful leadership approach.

Man’s Search for Meaning and When Breath Becomes Air: For Lieberman, these books offer insight into profound existential questions.

Through this conversation, the YMC community got a glimpse into the real-life aspects of Lieberman’s professional and personal lives, the very definition of The Business of Being Human.

  • Before the interview kicked-off, attendees heard from the charitable partner and beneficiary of the series, Child Mind Institute. Whitney Shephard, Institutional Giving Officer, spoke about the organization’s mission and dedication to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need.

Reported by Tess Skoller, MFS

[Photos below: (left to right) Tess Skoller, Alex Lieberman, Tad Fabiaschi, John McCormick, Krissie Hart, Chris Konowitz, Whitney Shephard; Chris interviewing Alex]

The FCS Young Members Circle (YMC) is proud to launch a three part, in-person event series focused on real-life aspects of our professional and personal lives. Staged in New York and Boston, each after-work reception will feature the YMC’s Chris Konowitz of Hearst Magazines in a one-on-one conversation with an industry luminary.

We kick-off on Wednesday, September 27th, when Chris interviews Alex Lieberman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Morning Brew. Having founded Morning Brew in 2016 (and subsequently selling a majority stake to Insider), Alex realized his vision for an informative and entertaining business news outlet by building his company on the values of Respectful Candor, Empathy, and Inclusivity.

Join us at Morning Brew’s NYC headquarters (5:30pm-7:30pm) for an insightful and stimulating conversation — and a great opportunity to network with your “under 40” industry peers.

FCS YMC has designated Child Mind Institute as the recipient of a $2,500 donation which the FCS will make on behalf of this event series. The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. They have become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

  • Start September 27, 2023 05:30 PM EDT
  • End September 27, 2023 07:30 PM EDT
  • Location Morning Brew 22 W 19th Street New York City


Guest Speaker Alex Lieberman

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman

While working as a Wall Street trader, Alex saw a gap in the marketplace of good, informative, and entertaining business news. He co-founded Morning Brew in 2016 and sold the majority of the company to Insider for an 8-figure deal. Alex has stayed on as the company’s executive chairman and hosts a number of shows […]

Interviewer Chris Konowitz

Executive Sales Director, Finance

Chris Konowitz is a member of the FCS YMC Steering Committee and currently holds the position of Executive Sales Director, Finance at Hearst Magazines in New York City. With a decade-long career centered around finance within the media realm, Chris’s career has encompassed roles at the Department of Defense, Bloomberg, NASCAR, and The Wall Street […]