Celebrating 10 Years
Newton Inspires 2020-21 features some of the city’s most interesting and influential individuals. This year, we’re doing it differently: Our in-person speakers series is virtual. We’re excited to present notable Newtonians sharing their passions as we celebrate 10 years of Newton Inspires! See our speaker list below.
Upcoming Speakers 2020-21
Past Speakers 2020-21
Joelle Tomb, Greg Reibman, Arpit Patel, Emily Chan, Seana Gaherin, Nancy Cushman (clockwise from L-R)
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Restaurants and the Recovery: How dining in Newton is rebounding and evolving
We’ve all heard that the pandemic hurt the hospitality industry hard. But how hard? And what does the recovery and future look like for an industry that contributes so much our cultural and economic vitality and why we all love Newton?
Join Newton-Needham Regional Chamber President Greg Reibman and four outstanding full-service restaurant operators for a frank discussion about the state of the industry, how excited they are about welcoming customers back, and changes that may be in store for them and us.
Here’s another thing you’ll learn: How these restaurant operators — and restaurant owners across the city — helped each other out during the pandemic and still are, even though they are competitors.
NPS graduate Emily Chan of @bostonfoodgram will introduce the panel.
Finally, we’ll ask our panel to share with us their absolute favorite thing on their menu and where else they enjoy dining in Newton.
Panelists (clockwise from top L-R)
Joelle Tomb, SUSHICO
Greg Reibman, Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce
Arpit Patel, Baramor
Emily Chan, NPS graduate and creator of @bostonfoodgram
Seana Gaherin, Dunn-Gaherin’s Food & Spirits
Nancy Cushman, Bianca Chestnut Hill
Greg Reibman, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber
Aixa Beauchamp, Miceal Chamberlain, Orlando Watkins
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Stepping Up to the Challenge of Advancing Racial and Economic Equity.
People of color face enormous inequities in education, health, wealth and employment opportunities. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring Aixa Beauchamp, Co-Founder of the Latino Equity Fund, Miceal Chamberlain, Managing Director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Markets, and Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation, on how their institutions are rising to meet the challenge and advance racial and economic equity.
Giovanni Fazio, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Our Origin and Our Demise: Birth, Life and the Death of Stars
Dr. Giovanni Fazio, a senior physicist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and a lecturer in the Astronomy Department at Harvard University, will help us understand these big questions: Where did we come from? What is our ultimate fate? One of the most fascinating problems in modern astrophysics is understanding how stars (including our Sun) are born, how they evolve during their lifetime and produce the elements, and how planets form around them. However, stars don’t shine forever. Eventually their fuel is consumed and they end in a violent death. The ashes left over from this life-and-death cycle are very strange objects: white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.
Join us to see why Dr. Fazio is the only speaker to appear at all 10 Newton Inspires!
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Building a Generation of Social Impact Leaders
Sam Vaghar , Newton North alumnus, was a sophomore at Brandeis University searching for a purpose. His life changed when he read two books on extreme poverty, and he set out to connect his peers to the world. Join Sam to hear how he founded Millennium Campus Network (MCN) and learn how this non-profit is building a generation of social impact leaders with the Millennium Fellowship. This conversation with engaged young people will give you hope for the future!
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Finding Hope Through Justice
Sonja Spears is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and Chair, Newton’s Police Reform Task Force. Spears will explore how her own experiences inform her work as a social justice advocate and give her hope in the restorative powers of justice. While a judge in New Orleans, Spears was wrongfully targeted for criminal prosecution. After two years of investigation, no wrongdoing was discovered so she was cleared and never charged, but the impact of this experience was devastating personally and professionally. After retiring from the bench, she re-dedicated her life to issues of racial justice and equity and now works as the chief equity and inclusion officer at Boston Health Care of the Homeless Program and teaches part time at Tufts University.
Zachary Baer, Skylar Fox, Tess Primack, Ryan Vona
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Broadway Babies: From NPS to the Great White Way
Have a passion for the theatre? Join us for a colorful conversation about performing and producing during “normal” times and Covid times with Newton Public Schools alumni Zachary Baer, producer of live and digital entertainment; Skylar Fox, director, playwright and theatrical designer; Tess Primack, actress and founder of Broadway from Home; and Ryan Vona, actor and signer-songwriter. Special guest Adam Brown, director of Theatre Ink at Newton North High School, will moderate what promises to be a memorable discussion.
Denise Drower Swidey
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Family-friendly cooking class. Learn to make both sweet- and savory-style pizza for the holidays.
Denise Drower Swidey is a chef, food writer, food stylist, Emmy- and James Beard-nominated producer of national TV cooking shows, college lecturer, and long-time Newton resident.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The NBA, Michael Jordan, and the Making of The Last Dance will feature a conversation with Newton native Jason Hehir, and Joe Amorosino, sports director of 7NEWS and host of the weekly Sunday night show “Sports Xtra.
Jason Hehir is a Newton native and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker and director of ESPN’s The Last Dance, an Emmy-winning 10-part series on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls