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ieSonoma 2016 Speakers

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. His latest recording, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.


Throughout his career, Mr. Zander has had a passion for teaching. In 1967, Mr. Zander joined the faculty at New England Conservatory, where he taught an interpretation class, conducted the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted the conservatory orchestras. For 30 years he was the Artistic Director of the joint program between New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts.


Mr. Zander is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. His partner Rosamund Zander and he have collaborated on a best-selling book, "The Art of Possibility," and his now famous TED-talk has been viewed over 7.5 million times.

Thursday, June 9

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She co-authored Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game (Random House); and authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books).


Before taking on the call to improve the public’s understanding of science, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University. Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions to transforming technology. She has been profiled in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, CBS News, Inside Edition, Fox News, CNN, NPR, ESPN, Time Magazine as well as scientific magazines (Scientific American and Discover Magazine).

Friday, June 10

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