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Richard S. Cohen

President of The Walden Group, Inc.

Richard S. Cohen is President of The Walden Group, Inc., a merger and acquisition advisory firm specializing in the healthcare industry. After working as a corporate lawyer and an executive at a private equity firm, he has, for the past 25-plus years, been advising medical technology companies in developing and completing corporate acquisition transactions. He is involved in many nonprofit pursuits: President of Marcia's Light Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit named after his late wife that fosters grassroots relationship-building among people of diverse backgrounds; advises El Centro Hispano, Inc., an organization that provides a broad spectrum of supportive services for the Hispanic Community; advises Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., a nonprofit that assists underprivileged African-American and other minority students in entering healthcare professions; and is on the Board of Muslim Jewish Advisory Council/New York. For many years he chaired Muslim Outreach for American Jewish Committee/Westchester-Fairfield, where he created and led many inter-cultural gatherings including an annual "We are all Immigrants" Passover dinner. He is also the author of The Smooth River: Finding Inspiration and Exquisite Beauty during Terminal Illness. Lessons from the Front Line, graphically describing the uplifting manner in which he and his wife, a well-known public relations crisis management expert, managed her 160-day bout with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Addressing some major societal problems, the book's only intent is to help other people. Richard has a B.A. from Cornell University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and attended the Leonard Stern School of Business at NYU.

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