Clients, Testimonials and Recent Appearances
Ransom has spoken at every major provider of cutting-edge technology in the world: Advantest, Agilent, Alcatel, Alterra, AMD, Avaya, Cisco, Comcast, Cypress, Dell, Finisar, Fujitsu, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Keysight, Lucent, JDSU, Molex, NEC, Nokia, Nortel, Penn State, Rohde & Schwarz, Stratos, Tektronix, Tellabs, TI, Tycom, 3M, Xilinx ...most major laboratories... Argonne, CERN, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Las Alamos National Lab, The Mayo Clinic, NASA, NIST, SLAC ...many colleges and universities... U California: San Diego, Santa Barbara, Berkeley, Cornell, U Florida, Louisiana Tech, Mendocino College, Napa Valley College, Northwestern, Indiana U, Shasta College, SMU, Sonoma State,  Stanford, SRJC, U Texas: Arlington, Austin, Dallas ...and... KQED, Alfa Lambda-Silicon Valley, ProMatch, Work2Future, C-6, Marin Employment Connection, CPC Job Connections, US Employment Development Department: Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara; Grace Cathedral, Sebastopol Science Buzz Cafe, Public Libraries: Belmont, Oakland, Petaluma, San Rafael, Rockridge; Mount Tamalpais Interpretive Association, Down to a Science, Institute of Noetic Science, California Writers Clubs, Left Coast Writers, Mechanics Institute Library, San Francisco Writers Conference, Book Passage Bookstore, Litquake -The San Francisco Literary Festival, Meridian Gallery Just a few favorite client and audience testimonials - we have hundreds more, just ask if you’d like to see them... Clients: “In my role as Special Programs Coordinator, I engage speakers from a variety of disciplines. Dr. Ransom Stephens’ speeches still elicit rave reviews years, even a decade later. Last week, a student told me that Dr. Stephens’ talk was the turning point in his decision to pursue a science career.” - Lori Norris, University of Texas at Arlington “Ransom can be relied on to initiate, lead and deliver innovative programs.” - David Critchley, Agilent Technologies “The students loved your presentation! It is not often that our students agree on anything, but this time it has happened. Thank you so much for your time and effort to motivate and encourage. Your presentation is one that the students will remember and recall when they need uplifting.” -Karen Kesseru, Crossroads High School, Petaluma CA “A great talk with tons of good suggestions for looking for jobs and having a fulfilling career. Ransom rocks!" -Lee Sawyer, Louisiana Tech “Ransom’s ability to captivate audiences while explaining complex ideas is an art form.” - Kim Heine, Beyond the Box Presentations Audience: “Ransom is that teacher, the one who makes you wish you never left school.” - Andy Martwick, Intel “Challenged me to really evaluate myself as a professional…very strong, dynamic orator.”-Lennox Ginn “Lots of energy! Good audience participation! Getting us to commit to a path, wow, time flew by through presentation.” -Tom Diola, ProMatch “I just wanted to thank you. I still think about the things you said during your keynote. Not very many people discuss what rabbits we chase, but instead how to keep up with those rabbits. I'm sure people thank you all the time, but in all sincerity thank you for making such an impression on me. I still think about what you said one year later.” -Robert Simpson, UTA student “Entertaining and inspiring. Ransom’s knowledge is astounding and clearly stated.” -Julaina Kleist “Deeply thought provoking in a satisfying way.” -Paul Nicholson Speeches (etc) < a bit out of date > Popular Science presentations 1. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, San Francisco, The Mechanics Institute Library, Ransom produces and moderates Litquake’s “Does Literature make you an empath?” 2. Tuesday, October 9, 2012, San Francisco, The Mechanics Institute Library, Ransom produces and moderates Litquake’s “Good and Evil: the foundation of character” with neurologist Thomas Lewis, ER psychiatris, Paul Linde, former cop and crime novelist, Robin Burcell, and The Very Reverend Jan Shaw. 3. Sunday, October 7, 2012, San Francisco Unitarian Universalist Church, 9:30-11a, 37 people. 4. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Petaluma, Aqus Cafe, Institute of Noetic Sciences, 7-8p, 45 people. 5. Monday, April 16, 2012, Sonoma State University, Sonoma CA, Dept of Physics, 4-5p, 78 people. 6. Saturday, March 24, 2012, San Domenico School, San Anselmo CA, Women’s Power Strategy Conference, 10a-4p, 15 people 7. Tuesday, December 15, 2011, North Bay Skeptic Society, Santa Rosa, CA, 7-9p, 47 people. 8. Monday, December 14, 2011, Sonoma State University, Sonoma CA, Dept of Physics, 4-5p, 73 people. 9. Thursday, August 12, 2010, Coffee Catz, Sebastopol CA, Science Buzz Cafe, Ransom presents: “Quarks & Leprechauns, Forces & Gauge Bosoms.” 6:30-8pm, 140 people. 10. Saturday, August 7, 2010, Rockridge Public Library, Oakland CA, 2-4pm 120min, Northern California MENSA Soiree, 35 people. 11. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, Sonoma State University, Dept of Physics, 12-1p, Lunch Keynote for Science Teacher Training Event, sponsored by NASA, 63 people. 12. Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Google Corp, Mountain View, CA, 2:30-3:30p, 70 people local + internal video to 25 in Brazil, more than 10,000 viewers on Youtube. 13. Saturday, April 17, 2010, atop Mt Tamalpais in the Mountain Theatre, Mount Tamalpais Interpretive Association Lecture Series, 8:30-9:30p, 120 people. 14. Monday, April 19, 2010, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco, Down to a Science Lecture Series, 7-9p, 130 people. 15. Thursday, December 3, 2009, Coffee Catz Cafe, Sebastopol CA, Science Buzz Cafe, 6:30-8:00pm, 120 people. 16. Wednesday, June 3, 2009, Petaluma CA, Rotary Club, 12:30-1:30pm, 100 people. 17. Sunday, December 12, 2010, Santa Rosa, CA, Spirituality Book Club, 7:30-9p, 8 people. 18. Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Institute of Noetic Science, Petaluma CA, 6-9pm, 15 people. Literary events including panels and readings 1. Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Sonoma State University, Green Music Center, Publishing and editing panel, 77 people. 2. Sunday, October 7, 2012, San Francisco, Vesuvio, Ransom reads from The God Patent at Litquake’s “Do you come here often? - writers at the bar,” 97 people. 3. Saturday, May 19, 2012, San Francisco, Boarderlands Books, Ransom reads from The God Patent   with Andy Dugas and Steve Meloan. 4. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Cotati, Redwood Cafe, Ransom reads from Your Pursuit of Greatness, 7-9p, 37 people. 5. Monday, October 10, 2011, San Francisco, Balboa Park Botanic Gardens, Ransom reads from The Sensory Deception at Litquake’s Quiet Lightning, 7-9p, 230 people. 6. Friday, March 18, 2011, San Francisco, Viracocha Gallery, Ransom headlines the Dublit Party – literature and music, 7-10p, 80 people. 7. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Fairfax CA, Peri’s Bar, Ransom reads introduces The Sensory Deception at First Draughts, Pints and Prose, 6-8p, 40 people. 8. Wednesday, January 12, 2011, San Francisco, The Rikshaw Stop, Numina Press Presents... Her Authors, 7:30-9:30p, 80 people. 9. Saturday, October 2, 2010, San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, Litquake’s Off The Richter Scale, Ransom Reads from The God Patent, 2-4p, 75 people. 10. Wednesday, September 29, 2010, Petaluma Library, The God Patent + Mentor Me Petaluma Benefit, Ransom and Val Richmond discuss the mentoring relationship with The God Patent characters Ryan and Katarina as examples, 7-9pm, 14 people. 11. Saturday, September 25, 2010, Sonoma County Book Festival Ransom presents The God Patent , 2- 3pm, 75 people. 12. Wednesday, September 1, 2010, Cafe Royale, San Francisco, Ransom reads from The God Patent at the San Francisco Writing Community reading series, 6:30-8:30p, 45 people. 13. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, The inaugural Aqus Speakeasy Literary Saloon, cohosted and featuring Susan Bono and Ransom. Ransom reads from The God Patent, 7-9p, 70 people. 14. Friday, April 9, 2010, The Elbo Room, San Francisco, Ransom competes in the Literary Death Match, 7-9pm, 200 people 15. Thursday, March 11, 2010, 7-9pm, Studio 333, Caledonia St., Sausalito CA, Ransom reads from The God Patent at Why There are Words Literary Reading Series. 16. Tuesday, March 9, 2010, evening, Reader’s Books, Sonoma CA, The God Patent reading and book signing 17. Thursday, December 17, 2009, San Francisco, Cafe Royale, at Inside Story Time: Preliminary release of The God Patent. 6:30-8:30p, 40 people. 18. Sunday, October 18, 2009 California Writers Club Centennial Celebration, Book Passage, Corte Madera, Ransom reads from Jack London’s Call of the Wild, 1-5pm, 110 people. 19. Saturday, October 17, 2009 San Francisco, Cafe La Boheme, Litquake’s notorious Litcrawl, phase 3: Sounds Like Crazy, Ransom reads from The God Patent, 9-10p, 90 people. 20. Thursday, July 30, 2009 Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia St, San Francisco, The God Patent at the Babble On reading series with Jim Nelson and Annie Wyman, 6-8pm, 50 people. 21. Thursday, May 14, 2009, San Rafael CA, Public Library, 1100 E St., Ladies Night at the Library, Ransom reads The Properties of Paradise, his contribution to the SF Chronicle Bestselling anthology, Writin’ on Empty. 6-8p, 40 people. 22. Thursday, June 18, 2009, The God Patent at Inside Story Time: Revolution (special Scribd authors) with Tamim Ansary, Joe Quirk, and Kemble Scott. 6:30-8:30pm, 60 people. Events productions, curated and MCed 1. Saturday, October 6, 2012, San Francisco, The Makeout Room, 173 people, Ransom Produced and MCed Litquake’s Barely Published Authors. 2. Friday, February 24, 2012, San Francisco CA, The Meridian Gallery, San Francisco Writers Workshop fund raiser, 7-9pm, 80 people. 3. Tuesday, Octboer 11, 2011, San Francisco, The Mechanics Institute Library, Ransom produces and moderates Litquake’s “Got Soul: Science and the quest for the ephemeral”  with neurologist Thomas Lewis, Priest Flora Keshgegian, physicist Richard Muller, spiritualist Starhawk, and KQED’s Michael Krasny. 4. Monday, October 10, 2011, San Francisco, Foundation Center Library, Ransom participates on the Litquake panel “First time authors reveal all,” 200 people. 5. Saturday, October 8, 2011, San Francisco, The Makeout Room, 180 people, Ransom Produced and MCed Litquake’s Barely Published Authors 6. Tuesday, October 5, 2010, The Mechanics Institute Library, San Francisco, Ransom produces Litquake’s “Virtual Reality: The Effect of Fiction on Your Mind” with neurologist Robert Burton, bookseller and voracious reader Elaine Petrocelli, novelist Michelle Richmond, English Professor Blakey Vermeule, and memoirist Mark Vonnegut, 6:30-7:30p, 110 people. 7. Sunday, October 3, 2010, The Makeout Room, San Francisco, Ransom produces and MCs Litquake’s Barely Published Authors, 180 people 8. January 23, 2009, San Francisco CA, The Meridian Gallery, San Francisco Writers Workshop fund raiser, 6-8pm, 80 people. 9. Sunday, October 3, 2010, The Makeout Room, San Francisco, Ransom produces Litquake’s “Virtual Reality: The Effect of Fiction on Your Mind” with neurologist Robert Burton, bookseller and voracious reader Elaine Petrocelli, novelist Michelle Richmond, English Professor Blakey Vermeule, and memoirist Mark Vonnegut, 6:30-7:30p, 110 people. 10. Saturday, September 25, 2010, Sonoma County Book Festival Ransom MCs Redwood Writers Reading, 12n-1p, 35 people. 11. Wednesday, March 10, The Mechanics Institute Library, Post St San Francisco, Ransom Moderates a panel featuring Henry Petroski The Essential Engineer: Why Science alone will not solve our Global Problems , 6-8pm, 65 people. 12. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 The Mechanics Institute Library, San Francisco, Ransom produces Litquake’s Where the Mind Meets the Brain with philosopher Alva Noe, psychologist Paul Ekman, neurologist Robert Burton, noetic scientist Marilyn Mandala Schlitz.Friday, 130 people. 13. Sunday, October 11, 2009The Makeout Room, San Francisco, Ransom produces and MCs Litquake’s Barely Published Authors. 14. January 23, 2009, San Francisco CA, The Meridian Gallery, SFWW MC, 6-8pm, 180 people. 15. Quarterly Aqus Speakeasy Literary Saloon, cohosted by Susan Bono and Ransom, since 2009 16. Monthly literary production: InsideStorytime 3rd Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, San Francisco, Cafe Royale since 2006   Interviews 1. Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7-8pm, KRCB, Word-by-Word with Gil Mansergh 2. Thursday, October 6, 2011, Rob McConnell, XZONE worldwide radio. 3. Sunday, September 26, 2010, 4:30pm, Ransom is interviewed on The Infinite Consciousness with Eva Herr, 4:30-5:30p. 4. Sunday July 26, 2010, KOA 850 Denver, 50 minute interview. KOA 850 Radio 5. May 17, 2010, KZYX 90.7 Public Radio. 6. April 9, 2010, Rob McConnell, XZONE worldwide radio. 7. Santa Rosa Press-Democrat,  Petaluma Author Saturates the Senses, August 9, 2013. Here... 8. Jane Friedman’s Helping authors & Publishers flourish in the digital age, How to Increase Your Odds at Getting Lucky, Augsut 8, 2013. 9. KRCB Word-by-word with Gil Mansergh, one hour interview on The Sensory Deception, August 7, 2013. 10. TheWriteChris - On Writing, July 9, 2013, Real Science & Suspense Meeting in a Novel: An Author Interview with Ransom Stephens. 11. Interviews with Carla King, February 17, 2013: Ransom Stephens Talks About His Path to Getting Published Ransom Stephens Explains How He Builds His Fan Base Ransom Stephens On Curation 12. Xzone Radio, Worldwide radio, October 6, 2011. Here... 13. The Infinite Consciousness Radio with Eva Herr, Sunday, September 26, 2010. 14. Writers Digest, “The power of an email network (10 years in the making),” Jane Friedman’s There are not Rules blog, August 2010. Here... 15. KOA 850 Radio, Denver, July 26, 2010. Here... 16. KZYX 90.7 Public Radio, May 17, 2010. 17. Vampire Wire May 4, 2010, Marta Costa. Here... 18. Xzone Radio, Worldwide radio, April 9, 2010. Here... 19. North Bay Bohemian, “Local Lit,” April 7, 2010. Here... 20. Petaluma Argus-Courier, “Sampling the Written Word,” April 1, 2010. Here... 21. Marin Independent Journal, “New Monthly Series,” March 31, 2010. Here... 22. High Tech Soul Man, February 10, 2010, Bookcase Blog. Here... 23. San Francisco Chronicle, From Texas to Eternity, January 23, 2010. Here... 24. Petaluma Argus-Courier, Moving Books to the Web, June 26, 2009. Here... The Big Picture & Big Decisions and Your Pursuit of Greatness keynotes, seminars, etc: 1. Tuesday May 7, 2013, Keynote speech to the Sonoma State University Science Institute, 7-8pm, 300+ people. 2. Saturday, December 17, 2011, Community Presbyterian Church, Danville, CA, Job Connections, 10am-noon, 70 people. 3. Monday, December 12, 2011, San Rafael, Marin Employment Connection, 9a-12n, 35 people.    4. Saturday, August 27, 2011, Santa Rosa, TEDxSantaRosa, 100 people. 5. Saturday, December 11, 2010, Silicon Valley, Alfa-Lambda, 8-10pm, 45 people. 6. Thursday, September 9, 2010, City Council Chambers, Sunnyvale, Ransom Presents “The Big Picture and Big Decisions” to ProMatch Silicon Valley, 10:20-12n, 200 people. 7. Friday, June 11, 2010, One-Stop Center, San Jose CA, Work2Future, 10-11am, 170 people. 8. Tuesday, May 4, 2010, iRestaurant, Cupertino CA, CSIX Connections, 10:30-1:30pm, 34 people. 9. Monday, March 15, 2010, San Rafael CA, Marin Employment Connection, 9a-12n, 79 people. 10. Monday, February 8, 2010, Sonoma State University, Sonoma CA, Dept of Physics, 4-5p, 67 people. 11. Tuesday, December 8, 2009, Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek CA, Contra Costa Employment Development, 9a-12n, 125 people. 12. Monday, October 5, 2009, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Graceworks, 8-9am, 163 people. 13. Monday, October 26, 2009, St. Isidores Catholic Church, SI Networking Group, Danville CA, 7-8pm, 38 people. 14. Saturday, July 11, 2009, Community Presbyterian Church, Danville, CA, Job Connections, 10am- noon, 250 people. The Future of Publishing and similar speeches and panels 1. Saturday, June 29, 2013, DigiLit, Litquake’s full day conference on digital publishing, participated on a panel about audience building. 2. Sunday, March 12, 2011, Santa Rosa CA, Redwood Writers California Writers Club, The Flamingo Resort, 3-4p, 110 people. 3. Saturday, January 8, 2011, Pleasant Hill CA, Diablo California Writers Club, Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 12n-2p, 150 people. 4. Friday, November 12, 2010, San Francisco Hilton, All About EBooks Symposium – Ransom on the “successful ebook authors” panel, 10-11am, 150 people. 5. Saturday, September 18, 2010, Pleasanton CA, TriValley branch of the California Writers Club, 3- 5pm, 35 people. 6. Saturday, August 28, 2010, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Fremont CA, Fremont Area Writers, 3-5pm, 40 people. 7. Monday, July 5, 2010, Book Passage Bookstore, Corte Madera CA, Left Coast Writers, 7-9pm, 45 people. 8. Tuesday, June 29, San Francisco, Mechanics Institute Library, In and Out of Print: The New World of Publishing, panel, 6:30-7:30pm, 75 people. 9. Thursday, June 10, 2010, Napa Valley College, Napa CA, 2-4pm, 23 people. 10. Saturday, June 19, 2010, Belmont Library, San Francisco/Peninsula Writers Club, 10a-12n, 52 people. 11. Tuesday, May 18, 2010, Mendocino College, Ukiah CA, 7:30-9p, 27 people. 12. Sunday, May 16, 2010, Oakland Main Library, Oaktown CA, Berkeley Chapter of the California Writers Club, 2-4:30pm, 62 people. 13. Saturday, April 24, 2010, Shasta College, Redding CA, Step Up With Social Media, 3-5p, 57 people. Writers workshops led 1. Sunday, February 20, 2011, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, San Francisco Writers Conference, 10-11am, 50 people. 2. Saturday, August 21, 2010, Book Passage, Corte Madera, Ransom teaches the seminar Give a Great Reading! 1-4pm, 8 people. 3. Saturday, July 17, 2010, San Domenico School, San Anselmo CA, Capitol City Young Writers Conference, 10a-4p, 13 people 4. Saturday, May 15, 2010, Petaluma CA, Petaluma Arts Council, 10a-4p, 9 people. 5. Sunday, March 14, 2010, Mill Valley CA, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 10a-5pm, 5 people. 6. Saturday, March 20, 2010, Sebastopol CA, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 10a-5pm, 3 people. 7. Sunday, February 14, 2010, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, San Francisco Writers Conference, 9-10am, 47 people. 8. Sunday, February 28, 2010, Book Passage Bookstore, Corta Madera CA, Marin Branch of the California Writing Club. 2-4p, 63 people. 9. Saturday, January 30, 2010, Petaluma CA, Petaluma Senior Center, Redwood Writers, 10a-12n, 32 people. 10. Saturday, February 7, 2009, Petaluma CA, Senior Center, Ransom Presents the seminar “Nonfiction: Writing Clearly” 10a-12n, 25 people.  
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