Benjamin Wolff

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Speaker, musician, and writer—Benjamin Wolff delights audiences with elegant insights from the arts into the way people create, communicate, and work together. His philosophy is that whenever we immerse ourselves in worlds other than our own, our eyes are opened; we see familiar things from fresh angles; we’re stimulated by unexpected points of view; and we are renewed by recognizing what is universal about the experiences that we have in common.

Ben writes a regular column on business and the arts for Forbes, and has delivered his innovative programs for companies and organizations such as Cisco, Ingram Micro, the Center for Collaborative Organizations, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Williams College, Rockefeller University, and Harvard University.

For eighteen years he was Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Hofstra University and a member of the Hofstra String Quartet. An active professional cellist in New York City, Ben has performed with ensembles such as Early Music New York, the American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal, and was cello soloist in “Junction” with the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

In 1997 he co-founded the Foothills Chamber Music Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For seven years he led the festival as cellist and co-Artistic Director as it presented a celebrated series of summer performances, lectures and symposia at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, and the Delta Fine Arts Center.

In addition to his programs for companies and associations, Ben is the creator and director of Listening to History, an ensemble that celebrates the unusual connections between spheres of human achievement and knowledge. Listening to History has presented two programs—Galileo’s Muse, which explores the delightful relationship between the scientist Galileo Galilei and the music of his time, and City of Joy, a celebration of music from the palace and ghetto of Renaissance Mantua that asks the question, “Can an artistic dialogue between people of different faiths pave the way for a dialogue of words?”

Ben is past president of the National Speakers Association New York City and was co-chair of the 2018 NSA National Winter Conference. When he is not speaking, writing, or giving concerts, you can find him on a wilderness canoe trip in the Adirondacks or whipping up a batch of delicious homemade pancakes.