What You Need to Know When Attending KentPresents


The dates for KentPresents 2018 are Thursday through Saturday, August 16-18.

Thursday, August 16: Light lunch, followed by afternoon sessions and reception on campus.

Friday, August 17: Breakfast, followed by morning sessions, lunch, afternoon sessions and reception on campus. After the reception, will be dinner on campus prepared by award-winning chefs.

Saturday, August 18: Breakfast, followed by morning sessions, lunch, afternoon sessions and reception on campus.

All presentations take place at the Kent School, the highly-regarded New England boarding school in scenic Kent, Connecticut. Address: Kent School, 1 Macedonia Road, Kent, CT 06757.

Kent has been chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2017. For more information including restaurants and accommodation in Kent, Connecticut, please visit here.


Sharing and disseminating great ideas, and supporting local charities that serve people in need. For more information, please visit our Community Grant Program page. KentPresents, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organization and a Connecticut state charitable organization.

KentPresents operates as efficiently as possible, with just one salaried employee. Co-founders Ben and Donna Rosen receive no compensation from KentPresents.


A preliminary list of topics for KentPresents 2018 can be found here. Among them will be business, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global affairs, health and medicine, liberal arts, law, media, performing arts, politics, social issues, science, technology, visual arts…and more.


KentPresents has a distinguished 29-member Board of Advisers (see below), including such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Jasper Johns, Henry Kissinger and Harold Varmus.


Talks, discussions and conversations. Sessions last 35 or 50 minutes and include Q&A with the panelists and audience.

Arrive at KentPresents


Opportunities to relax, regroup and to circulate informally with speakers and fellow attendees at coffee breaks, cocktail parties and meals.


The surrounding Litchfield Hills offer additional recreations – a wealth of scenic, physical and cultural attractions. Before and after KentPresents, you can explore galleries and museums, fishing and kayaking, covered bridges and waterfalls, golfing and tennis, antiquing and shopping, and farm-to-table restaurants. Click here.


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KentPresents reserves a large number of rooms in Litchfield County within 30 minutes of the venue. When you purchase a ticket to KentPresents, you will receive a list of associated inns and bed-and-breakfasts that are holding rooms for attendees.


By car, the Kent School is 1 hour 40 minutes from Manhattan and 3 hours from Boston. Metro North trains run from Grand Central to two nearby stops, with shuttle service available on request to the event.

The closest commercial airports to Kent are: Westchester Airport (HPN) at White Plains NY – 1:05 drive time; Bradley International (BDL) at Hartford CT – 1:15; LaGuardia (LGA) – 1:30; and Kennedy (JFK) – 1:40.

1 Macedonia Road, Kent, CT

Board of Advisers

  • Anne Bass
  • Roger Berlind
  • Flora Biddle
  • Kenneth Cooper
  • Mia Farrow
  • Charles Goodyear
  • Elizabeth Goodyear
  • Agnes Gund
  • Jasper Johns
  • Dodie Kazanjian
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Michael Kramer
  • James Lapine
  • Julian Lethbridge
  • Paul Marks
  • Edmund Morris
  • Sylvia Jukes Morris
  • John Novogrod
  • Nancy Novogrod
  • Chase Robinson
  • Ken Roman
  • Scott Rothkopf
  • Richardson Schell
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Edward Stolper
  • Calvin Tomkins
  • Harold Varmus
  • Adam Weinberg
  • Jerry Weissman


Julia Benedict, Executive Director

Theatrical set and sound designer; former writer for Ireland's drama series, Fair City.

Benjamin M. Rosen, Co-founder

Former venture capitalist; chairman emeritus of Compaq Computer; chairman emeritus and current life trustee of the California Institute of Technology; boards have included Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (emeritus) New York Philharmonic (emeritus); former Met Opera board member; former Columbia Business School board chairman.

Donna Rosen, Co-founder

Longtime contemporary art gallery owner in New Orleans, and now active in philanthropy, the visual arts, and a board member of the Whitney Museum of American Art, American Friends of the British Museum and Third Way.


KentPresents, Inc., is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. It is also registered as a Connecticut state charitable organization.

Board of Directors, Kent Presents, Inc.

Benjamin M. Rosen
Donna Rosen
Hiram Williams