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Newton Inspires 2019

November 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm



Leading Cancer Researcher, Sex Therapist and Climate Change Activist Among Headliners at 2019 Newton Inspires


12 of Newton’s Own Will Speak at Free Community Event


Newton, MA (October 7, 2019) — A dozen Newton luminaries will share inspirational anecdotes, experiences, and expertise at Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) 9th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community on Tuesday, November 12. Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for this showcase of Newton’s talent, creativity, and intellect.


This year’s program features headliners Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Elliott Kronenfeld, social worker and certified sex therapist; Melissa Ludtke , author, journalist, rower, and climate change activist; Nanette Fridman, M.P. , J.D., leadership coach, author, and organizational strategist; Lise Johnson, M.D., pediatrician; and John Summers, vice president and chief  technology officer at Akamai Technologies.


Rounding out the roster of speakers are:


  • Karen Day – author
  • Giovanni G. Fazio, Ph.D. – senior physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Kemp Harris – singer, songwriter, storyteller
  • Stephen Honig – attorney, writer
  • Suzanne Kreiter – staff photographer, Boston Globe
  • Tova Mirvis – writer
  • Angela Pitter – CEO, LiveWire Collaborative



Newton Inspires will be held Tuesday, November 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Newton South High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.


For the third consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor.  Newton Inspires is also supported by Mark Development, The Street Chestnut Hill and Adviser Investments. Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to http://newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires-sponsor.


NSF food and beverage sponsors are Anna’s Taqueria, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, and Sweet Tomatoes, who will provide  samples of Newton cuisine prior to the 7 p.m. start of the evening’s speaker program.


Newton Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance excellence and equity in the Newton Public Schools by funding promising initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity.


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November 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newton Schools Foundation


Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton, MA 02459 United States
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