Dr. Daniel Shapiro’s life mission is to help people interact more effectively. As founding director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, he has advised everyone from leaders of war-torn countries to executives at Fortune 500 companies and family-owned businesses alike, helping countless people solve the very human problems that divide them. Drawing on these experiences and his years of research at Harvard, he has developed a wealth of practical approaches to amplify influence and leadership—in business, in government, and in life.
Dr. Shapiro has launched successful negotiations in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia, and chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution. Through non-profit funding, he developed a high-impact program on collaborative problem-solving that has reached more than one million people across more than 20 countries.
Dr. Shapiro is the author of the critically acclaimed best seller Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, providing groundbreaking methods for overcoming polarizations at work, at home, and abroad. He also coauthored the negotiation classic Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, TIME magazine, and other popular publications. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award and the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award.
His life’s joy is spending time with his wife and three young boys, who have proven to be his greatest teachers in how to negotiate the nonnegotiable.
Describing renowned cellist, producer, and multifaceted artist Maya Beiser, The New York Times writes, “The adventurous Ms. Beiser has been called the 'cello goddess,' which is not hyperbole: She summons from her instrument an emotional power so stirring that even the most stoic audience members risk turning into sobbing sacks of flesh.” Passionately forging her artistic path through uncharted territories, Maya Beiser has been captivating audiences worldwide, bringing a bold and unorthodox presence to contemporary classical music, experimenting with various musical styles, and defying conventional norms with her boundary-crossing performances. Hailed as “the reigning queen of avant-garde cello” by The Washington Post, she has been called a “cello rock star,” by Rolling Stone and praised as “a force of nature,” by The Boston Globe.
Raised in the Galilee Mountains in Israel, by her Argentinean father and French mother, Maya spent her early life surrounded by the music and rituals of Jews, Muslims, and Christians, while studying classical cello repertoire. At the age of 12, she was discovered by the late violinist Isaac Stern who became her mentor throughout her early career. She is a featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, The Kennedy Center, BBC Proms, London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican, Sydney Opera House, Beijing Festival, Barcelona’s L’auditori, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, and Stockholm’s Concert Hall. Maya’s critically acclaimed multimedia productions World To Come, Almost Human, Provenance, Elsewhere: A Cello Opera, All Vows and Spinning have consistently been chosen for top critics’ “Best Of The Year” lists. Among the wide range of artists she has collaborated with are Louis Andriessen, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Tan Dun, Steve Reich, Shirin Neshat, Bill Morrison, and Robert Woodruff. She is currently touring THE DAY a new music/dance work with dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang.
Maya’s vast discography includes eleven solo albums. Her recent albums TranceClassical (2016) and Maya Beiser: Uncovered (2014) topped the classical music charts. Her next album, delugEON, will be released in August 2019 on Maya’s new Islandia Music Records imprint. She is the featured soloist on many film soundtracks, including an extensive collaboration with composer James Newton Howard for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening and After Earth, Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters, Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond and Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman.
Maya Beiser is a 2015 United States Artists (USA) Distinguished Fellow in Music; a 2017 Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist at MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology; and she was recently a Presenting Artist at the inaugural CultureSummit in 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Invited to present at the prestigious TED main stage in Long Beach, CA, Maya’s 2011 TED Talk has been watched by over one million people and translated to 32 languages. Maya is a graduate of Yale University and was a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. www.mayabeiser.com