Austin International Convention 2018 


Benjamin Zander


Benjamin Zander, co-author with Rosamunde Zander of The Art of Possibility, will be a 2018 international convention speaker. Known worldwide as a teacher of thousands of musicians and as a celebrated speaker on leadership, Zander will combine the possibilities found in leadership, optimism, and the arts.
 One of the most sought after speakers in the world, Zander will offer insight into ourselves and our organization and inspire us as we explore our future. The Art of Possibility which has been translated into fifteen languages. R. Zander has released a sequel titled Pathways to Possibility: Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World.
Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is a guest conductor around the world. His recordings have been nominated for three Grammys.
 Bringing a global perspective, the international language found in music, and the universal need for nurturing personal growth, Zander will inspire.
 His engagement is partially funded by the Eunah Temple Holden Leadership Fund.

Nadia Lopez


You may have seen Brooklyn native Nadia Lopez in an NPR interview, photographed in the White House with her student and President Barack Obama, or on Entertainment Television when she was honored with the Black Girls Rock Change Agent Award, or as a member of The Education Revolution panel. You may have heard of or read her book The Bridge to Brilliance: How one Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World.
Lopez will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 International Convention. She is founder and principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a school she founded in 2010 to address the downward trend in a neighborhood that had given up on its students.
 Lopez will inspire and motivate as she tells how lives have changed and how she helps her students, all of whom live below the poverty level, connect to the world. Mott Hall Bridges Academy broke the school-to-prison pipeline with a stunning 98% graduation rate among its first three graduating classes.