Stand Up For Your Heart Speaker
Monique Acosta House
At just the age of 22, Monique Acosta House was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She had brushed off her constant exhaustion as stress from working hard at work and in college – until an echocardiogram revealed that her heart wasn’t pumping as well as it should. What transpired involved years of medication, a high-risk pregnancy, and eventually, a heart transplant.
Through this journey, Monique has become an advocate for heart health and maternal health, diversity among clinical trial participants, and strong communication between doctors and their patients. “Most of the people in the clinical trial I participated in were white men over the age of 60, but it saved my life.” For that reason, she encourages others to develop strong relationships with their doctors and advocate for their health. “Pay attention to symptoms,” she stresses, “and seek help if something doesn’t seem right – don’t wait.”
Ms. House is a mother, survivor, patient advocate, Women Heart Champion, American Heart Association Go Red for Woman Real Woman, and professional project manager. She lives in Virginia with her son Asa.
My son, Asa is why. I didn’t want him not to have his mother as I experienced.
Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Wine & Spirits
Jamie joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990 and has been responsible for opening Sotheby’s wine auctions in New York in 1994, Hong Kong in 2009, France in 2021, and Sotheby’s Spirits category in 2019. In 2010, Mr. Ritchie launched Sotheby’s Wine, a retail store and online wine business, located at their flagship headquarters in New York, with a second location in the Sotheby’s gallery in Hong Kong. A range of Sotheby’s Own Label wines was introduced in 2019. Mr. Ritchie recently initiated Sotheby’s new auction partnerships with the Hospices de Beaune (2021), The Worshipful Company of Distiller’s (2021), and the Napa Valley Vintners (2022). Under his leadership, the worldwide wine & spirits auction business achieved record sales of $132 million in 2021.
Mr. Ritchie is one of the world’s leading wine auctioneers, having presided over many extraordinary and record-breaking Single Owner auctions and holds the records for selling the most expensive bottles of wine and spirits: 1 bottle of Romanée-Conti 1945 for $558,000 in 2018; and 1 bottle of The Macallan Fine & Rare 60 Year Old 1926 for $1.9 million in 2019.
Mr. Ritchie is a respected authority on the wine and spirits market and has been regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, and Wine Spectator.
Master of Ceremonies
Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years prior to his retirement following the 2016 election. He covered the White House for CBS News during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. From 1989-92, he was State Department correspondent. Plante also served as anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News (June 1988-August 1995). He was part of the CBS News team which received a 1986 Emmy Award for coverage of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit at Reykjavik, Iceland. Plante was a floor reporter at the 1988 and 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He also covered Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign and was part of the CBS News team that won an Emmy Award for its coverage. Plante has been based in the CBS News Washington bureau since December 1976. Before his first White House assignment, he covered general and off-year elections, including the national political conventions.
Plante joined CBS News in June 1964 as a New York-based reporter/assignment editor. He served four tours of duty in Vietnam. Plante also covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi and Alabama, including Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
Plante graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in humanities, and studied political science at Columbia University. He and his wife, Robin Smith, an award-winning independent documentary producer, live in Washington, DC. Plante has five sons.
Guest of Honor
Baron Eric De Rothschild
Baron Eric de Rothschild is Managing Partner of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). He is also Chairman, Partner and Director of various entities of the Rothschild Bank and Chairman of the Rothschild Foundations and the Shoah Memorial.
Baron Eric de Rothschild succeeded his uncle Baron Elie de Rothschild as head of Château Lafite Rothschild (Premier Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac) and Château Duhart-Milon (Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac) in 1974 .
In the 1980’s, he initiated the expansion of Domaines Barons de Rothschild company in Bordeaux. He bought Château Rieussec (Premier Grand Cru Classé in Sauternes) in 1984 and Château l’Evangile (Pomerol) in 1990.
At the end of the 1980’s he led the development of the family group outside Bordeaux. He took over Viña Los Vascos in Colchagua Valley, Chile in 1988. Ten years later, he founded Bodegas CARO in Mendoza, Argentina, together with the Catena family and bought Domaine d’Aussières in Corbières, Languedoc.
In 2008, Baron Eric started one of his most ambitious project: Domaine de Long Dai, a vineyard planted from scratch in the Penglai Peninsula, in the province of Shandong, China.
In 2018, he handed in the management of Domaines Barons de Rothschild to his daughter Saskia and became managing partner.
BARON ERIC de ROTHSCHILD
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)