Back in 2016, Kevin Killeen, a St. Louis reporter for KMOX1120, made a segment explaining why “February is the worst month of the year,” citing the weather as the main antagonist. I think the hatred is unfounded as the month at least offers things to celebrate (unlike April, T.S. Eliot’s cruelest month), such as Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day. Not to mention that this year we get the added fun of an extra day, thanks to the leap year.

So, if you’re someone willing to participate in making February a month to celebrate, here are some ways to go about that. 

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Two Clinical Trials Test Cheap Pills to Extend Life

Long speculated to slow or even reverse aging in off-label use, the generic drugs metformin and rapamycin are getting formal clinical trials this year.

Valentines Day Gifts

For the month of love, it can be hard to find the right gift, whether it be for yourself, a friend, or a partner. Luckily enough for you, our staff editor, Eva Crouse, has put together a list of 14 Valenties Day gifts that will supply some inspiration. “From timeless jewelry pieces that will last a lifetime to thoughtful gadgets to brighten their day—like prehistoric whiskey stones—this list has something for everyone,” she writes. 

If your love is also a watch lover, Cait Bazemore’s latest piece on the top luxury watch trends for 2024 can provide some inspiration. Bazemore breaks down the 2023 wristwatch trends that are here to stay and explains how watchmakers’, “big anniversaries and leadership changes will bring exciting, fresh perspectives to the new year.” 

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But if you’re looking for a more extravagant gift option, have you ever considered an African Safari in Kenya? Sara Grant comes with another travel story after she embarked “on a grand tour of Kenya’s legendary landscapes and wildlife at the historic Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Fairmont The Mara, and Fairmont The Norfolk.” 

Pondering Lessons from the WEF at Davos

In other news, we bring you more content from last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos. The president of corporate insights and strategy firm Penta Group, Matt McDonald, was interviewed by Worth’s editor in chief, Dan Costa to discuss AI’s impact on the C suite. McDonald explained that the technology “requires leaders to develop new competencies now that machines can handle more of the information analysis that used to take so much effort.” The new competency? An increasing need for emotional intelligence. 

Similarly, Costa wrote a piece involving OPRG CEO Chris Foster and Mastercard CMO Raja Rajamannar breaking down of how AI will transform marketing. “While they all acknowledged the huge potential of AI,” writes Costa, “the conversation quickly shifted to the challenges of accountability, transparency, privacy, and regulatory compliance.”

Last week we published a piece explaining why ESG investing may not be in decline. Well to continue that conversation, Worthy 100 member and executive director of the Global Business Coalition for Education, Justin van Fleet, builds on that case. “By focusing on education in ESG investments,” he writes, “businesses can advance their own interests…while driving widespread, concrete progress, unlocking a broader set of social and economic as well as business goals.” 

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A study found healthy people taking organ-transplant drug rapamycin off-label showed signs of improved health, and even COVID resistance.

Conferences on Climate and Women

Since April is the real month with limited celebration power, the reason being tax season and April Fool’s Day, we decided to give you something to get excited about: our 2024 Techonomy Climate West conference in Silicon Valley on April 3. We are happy to announce that registration is officially open. Together we will explore how innovation meets urgency. Use code ClimatePre100 to get $100 off. This offer lasts for a limited time. 

Lastly, we are in the process of organizing the 2024 Women & Worth Summit, to be held in New York City on May 1. We invite you to register your interest and suggestions for any topics, themes, or speakers to include. By doing so, you will be notified as soon as registration officially opens.

I hope you have a wonderful end to January, I’ll see you next week in the amazing month of February.