About KentPresents

All presentations took 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 was 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., was a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organization and a Connecticut state charitable organization.

KentPresents operated as efficiently as possible, with just two salaried employees. Co-founders Ben and Donna Rosen received no compensation from KentPresents.


A list of topics for KentPresents 2018 can be found here. Among them were additive manufacturing, conservation, education, energy, food, global affairs, health and medicine, liberal arts, law, media, performing arts, politics, social issues, science, technology, visual arts…and more.
Arrive at KentPresents


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.

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