June 10, 2015


“Through Steve Ritz, we are telling a new Bronx story!”

– Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


Stephen’s program is sustainable because he has brought in all the stakeholders, (teachers, parents, administrators, and students) and uses state accredited curriculum. By using food and plant life cycles to teach other subjects he incorporates health, wellbeing, and the environment around them with positive steps to academic success. One big take away when observing children interacting in this program is that it is not at all about the instructors, it is about the children, creating their own environment and solutions. It is creating this sense of wonder for children to explore and discover. It encourages discovery and critical thinking – skills that can be used in any aspect of life.

– Dr. Katie Wilson, USDA, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services


In a word, Stephen is amazing! He brings a unique passion, perspective and punch to any room. While the specific content around STEM & Sustainability is impressive, as are the transformational results… the broader message of teamwork and impact is applicable for any audience. Stephen is able to captivate an audience from the second he starts speaking — his enthusiasm ripping through a crowd like wildfire — and by the end of his talk he had the entire crowd on their feet! Literally, he is the only person I know to receive two standing ovations in one talk. Stephen is a sure bet to engage with any group and leave them inspired, captivated, and wanting more!

– Zeev Klein, General Partner, Landmark Ventures; Founder & Curator, Social Innovation Summit


“At the three TEDxManhattan events Steve Ritz spoke at, he consistently brought the house down and received rousing standing ovations. His energy, passion, enthusiasm and love for his work as well as the children and residents of the South Bronx is beyond inspiring. He is a beacon of hope for many and a role model for us all.”

– Diane Hatz, Founder & Executive Director, Change Food; Founder/Licensee/Organizer, TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” (2010 – 2015)


“…most people talk about making healthy changes in their diet and lifestyle; Stephen Ritz embodies these changes every day, personally and for “his kids”, locally for his neighborhood and even globally. Stephen is an inspiration to us all to take responsibility to make personal changes and to make our world a better place…one seed at a time. He is truly a wonderful speaker and presenter.”

– Steven G. Ullmann, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department, Health Sector Management and Policy, University of Miami School of Business Administration, Coral Gables, Florida


“Stephen Ritz personifies inspiration. In the face of adversity most people wilt – not Stephen – he turned despair into opportunity and introduced a school and a community to possibility. His words of motivation translate well beyond the South Bronx children he has thought for three decades. He is a spokesperson for the how purposeful agenda can transform any organization and solve any problem.”

– Mitch Roschelle
Partner and Practice Leader PwC
Trustee PwC Charitable Foundation


“You are such a rock star. Hundreds of people from GreenBiz Forum have been talking about you this week, and glowingly. Thank you for inspiring them.”

– Joel Makower | Chairman and Executive Editor
GreenBiz Group Inc. | Oakland, California USA