What did you want to be "when you grew up"?
An actress and a wife and a mother. I dated a talented actor in college and watching him I realized I had no talent. The wife part I did until I got it right—luckily the mother part followed.
What do you love most about your job?
What do you dislike about your job?
The constraints—but at the same time I am grateful for them. I did an interview for WSJ Magazine and said I was committed to giving away my profits. My accountant read it and called me, horrified. He said, "Brooke, you have NO profits!" [Sidney Garber is now profitable, and Garber Neidich donates all her profits to charity].
What was the best advice you ever received?
Never tell a white lie.
What would you advise someone today?
Nothing, nothing, nothing substitutes for hard work.
How would you describe your personal style?
I try to be elegant but a bit bohemian. I still love the ‘70s. Usually I am rushing so I toss on The Row black leather pants, a black silk shirt and a black vintage Chanel blazer. Then, of course, jewelry. I always wear my stack of bracelets, my large hoops and pearls.
Describe 3 characteristics required to do your job well.
I am a perfectionist, I am driven and I mostly understand what jewelry women want to wear.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
My marriage and my children—I share this achievement with Daniel.
How do you define success?
I am grateful I have had the opportunity to make a difference with the Child Mind Institute, and with the Whitney. I like being productive. I wake up happy and I married someone who wakes up happy.