Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, CORE broker, Emily Beare.
Who is the living person you most admire? My mother has been my greatest inspiration. She brought up 4 daughters who are best friends and has 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also an active member of her local community. At 86 years old, she volunteers her time to helping tutor children and supporting domestic abuse survivors and nursing home residents. Not to mention she is a world traveler, amazing cook and voracious reader.
Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? Iris Apfel. Iris is a true icon and she is still working at 95 years old. She has always remained true to her authentic self.
What is your earliest New York memory? Seeing President Kennedy in a parade. It’s a very special memory my mom and I always reflect on.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To follow my passion and everything else will fall into place. I have given that advice to my children and my girls that are a big part of my life.
What do you consider your greatest achievement so far? My children. I am so proud of both of them and how they evolved to be such loving, caring individuals and amazing spouses and parents.
What are your three most treasured possessions? My daughter Elizabeth made me two very special books to celebrate my birthday – one has photos and letters from all the special people in my life, the other is a history of my life from past to present. My son David and daughter-in-law Alex had a monogrammed locket made for me with photos of their wedding day and Elizabeth and Jarett’s wedding day. I also treasure a very beautiful ring of my mother-in-law’s that she recently gave to me.
Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life. What I love most about art is how I’ve seen it change the lives of others. One charity I work very closely with is Lalela, a South African charity promoting the global exchange of ideas, art and music. It has been an amazing gift to see how Lalela has empowered impoverished children with the tools to develop their creative skills and create permanent change in their communities.
What’s your greatest luxury? Spending time with my grandchildren almost every day.
What’s your secret talent? If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret!