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.