I wrote The Art of Learning based on my journey through years of world-class competition- first in chess, and later in the martial arts. The Art of Learning articulates my belief that learners and performers thrive when their growth process is uniquely tailored to their own unique nuance of character. Teachers must listen first. Students should gain a keen introspective awareness of their natural strengths and weaknesses, and build a game, a career, a way of life around that awareness. In my careers in chess and the martial arts, and in my life as a teacher, I have seen too many learners—both adults and children—jammed into cookie cutter molds into which they just don’t fit. The result is a brittle, unsatisfying relationship to the growth process. After the book was published I was approached by numerous educational groups who wanted to put the philosophy of The Art of Learning at the center of their organization. With this outpouring of interest, I founded The JW Foundation to aid that process. Currently, the JW Foundation works with public and private school systems, urban youth centers, “gifted” organizations, teacher and administrator groups, parent groups, educational organizations, and athletic teams and organizations. It is my ambition to support all children, teens, and young adults on their unique paths to excellence.
The Art of Learning Project has been created by The JW Foundation to provide further resources for educators, parents, coaches and students, as well as to provide a place for these groups to share their stories, insights, and support.
About Josh Waitzkin President
Josh Waitzkin, an eight-time National Chess Champion in his youth, was the subject of the book and movie, Searching for Bobby Fischer. At age 18, he published his first book, Attacking Chess. Since the age of twenty, he has developed and been the spokesperson for Chessmaster, the largest computer chess program in the world with over 6 million copies sold. Now a martial arts champion, Waitzkin holds a combined 21 National Championship titles in addition to several World Championship titles. Josh is the president of the JW Foundation, author of The Art of Learning, and is currently training for the World Championships of his third discipline, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He lectures nationwide on the subjects of the learning process and performance psychology. Waitzkin lives in New York City.
The JW Foundation Board of Directors
- David Greenspan
- David Greenspan is Founder and President of Slate Path Capital, a New York based global investment firm. He founded the firm in 2012. Prior to Slate Path, David was partner and managing director at Blue Ridge Capital in New York. David joined Blue Ridge in 2000, the same year he graduated from Columbia Business School. Prior to attending Columbia, David was a CPA and consultant with Price Waterhouse in Washington DC. In addition to his MBA from Columbia, David earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from George Mason University in 1993.David is a member of the Columbia University Business School Board of Overseers. For the past nine years, he has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School where he teaches Advanced Investment Research. David serves on the advisory board of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing at Columbia Business School.
He is a past member of the board of directors of the Success Academy Charter Schools and was a founding member of the board of trustees of Success Academy Harlem 4. He is a founding board member of the Josh Waitzkin (JW) Foundation.
- John Kim
- John Kim is a Partner at Court Square Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City. Founded in 1980, Court Square is one of the founding franchises of the private equity industry, and John currently heads Operations and Marketing for the firm.Prior to joining Court Square, John was a Partner at Capital Z Investments and ran their Investor Relations and Marketing department. John was also a senior investment banker for JP Morgan’s placement team and has raised capital for numerous private equity funds.
John received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently sits on the board of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Acting Company and is a founding board member of the Collegiate Charter Schools of Brooklyn (an Uncommon Schools affiliate). John lives in Brooklyn with his wife, three kids and two dogs. He is an avid paddle boarder and guitar player and we are thrilled to welcome him as the newest member of The JW Foundation Board.
- Rick Gerson
- Rick Gerson is the Founder, Chairman and CIO of Falcon Edge Capital, a global investment firm based in New York.Prior to Falcon Edge, Rick was a Founding Member and Managing Director of Blue Ridge Capital, a New York-based investment firm started in 1996. Prior to Blue Ridge, Rick was an intern to the President of Tiger Management.
Rick graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce in 1997 with a B.S. in Commerce with a Concentration in Finance.
Rick is a member of the Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board, a founding member of the Board of Trustees of PAVE (a charter school in Brooklyn), a board member of Orascom Housing Communities (an Egyptian-based affordable housing developer), and a founding board member of the Josh Waitzkin Art of Learning Foundation (JWF)