ISLAND WISDOM, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
The 51st Annual Hawaii Executive Conference will convene April 8-11, 2014 at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island, with Dustin & Lisa Sellers and Ray & Tiffany Vara as co-chairs. We are proud and honored to invite you to join our forum and celebrate and sustain 51 years of inspired learning and collegial conversation among policy-level executives and thought leaders.
Speakers & Panelists
Weds, April 09 • 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm • Mauna Lani Ballroom
Presentation: The Blue Zones
Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best selling author. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” was the second most popular article of 2012. He founded Blue Zones, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. Buettner’s National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer” was one of their top-selling issues in history and a made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (2008) and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (2010) appeared on many best seller lists and were both featured on Oprah.
In 2009, Dan Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40%. He’s currently working with Healthways to implement the program in three Beach Cities of Los Angeles; Fort Worth, Texas; Kauai, Hawaii and the entire state of Iowa. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health environment instead of individual behavior change. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter Willet called the results “stunning.”
Dan also holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production.
Thurs, April 10 • 10:00 am - 11:30 am • Mauna Lani Ballroom
Presentation: A Right to Care
Her multi-character solo show Bridge & Tunnel was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, and went on to become a critically acclaimed, long running hit on Broadway.
Educated at Bryn Mawr College and the United Nations International School, Sarah recently returned to her UN School roots by becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, traveling as a spokesperson on violence against children and performing for audiences from Indonesia to Ethiopia, the Middle East and Japan.
Winner of the 2007 Brendan Gill Prize, Sarah has also received grants and commissions from The Ford Foundation, NYSCA, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and others, and theater honors including an Obie Award, a Helen Hayes Award, two Drama Desk nominations, and HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival’s Best One Person Show Award, as well as an NYCLU Calloway Award in recognition of Sarah as the first artist in history to sue the Federal Communications Commission for censorship. The lawsuit resulted in reversal of the censorship ruling, which had targeted her hip-hop poem recording, “Your Revolution.”
A regular uncensored guest on public radio programs such as Fresh Air and Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Sarah has also made numerous TV appearances on programs including Charlie Rose, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Live with Regis and Kelly, Now on PBS and on Sesame Street as ‘Ms. Noodle’ on Elmo’s World. Most recently, Sarah was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at The White House in celebration of Women’s History Month. She is currently at work on a commission for Lincoln Center Theater and is developing a television project based on her characters.Sarah Jones
Thurs, April 10 • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm • Mauna Lani Ballroom
Presentation: China: Opportunities, Challenges & Consequences
Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. Before joining J.P. Morgan in December 2009, he was the president and CEO of Tantallon Research Japan KK, a Tokyo-based investment advisory firm he set up in June 2007. Previously, he served as the chief economist of Merrill Lynch Japan for eight years. Before that he was a Managing Director at Tiger Fund and prior to that he was the Chief Economist for J.P. Morgan in Tokyo. In the first three of his Japan experience, he worked as an aide to a Member of Parliament.
Over the past two decades, Koll has been consistently ranked one of the top Japan strategists / economists. His analysis and insight have earned him a place in several Japanese government advisory committees. He has written two books in Japanese, Towards a New Japanese Golden Age and The End of Heisei Deflation. He is also one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Koll has a master’s degree from the School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at both Tokyo University and Kyoto University. He is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific.Jesper Koll
Nassim N. Taleb
Weds, April 09 • 8:30 am - 10:30 am • Mauna Lani Ballroom
Presentation: Antifragile, Things that Gain from Disorder
Nassim Nicholas Taleb has devoted his life to problems of uncertainty, probability, and knowledge. He spent two decades as a trader before becoming a philosophical essayist and academic researcher. Although he now spends most of his time either working in intense seclusion in his study, or as a flâneur meditating in cafés across the planet, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at New York University's Polytechnic Institute. His main subject matter is "decision making under opacity", that is, a map and a protocol on how we should live in a world we don't understand.
His works are grouped under the general title Incerto (Latin for uncertainty), composed of a trilogy accessible in any order (Antifragile, The Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness) plus two addenda: a book of philosophical aphorisms (The Bed of Procrustes) and a freely available Technical Companion. Taleb's books have been published in thirty-three languages.
Taleb believes that prizes, honorary degrees, awards, and ceremonialism debase knowledge by turning it into a spectator sport.Nassim N. Taleb
She is based in Washington, D.C. and contributes to all CBS news broadcasts and platforms.
In this role, Cordes has reported on major stories such as the rise of the Tea Party and the battle over President Obama's health care law. Cordes also extensively covered the debt ceiling and fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. She was a key part of CBS News' coverage of the 2008 and 2010 congressional elections and traveled with the Obama campaign during the network's coverage of Campaign 2012.
Cordes joined CBS News in 2007 as Transportation and Consumer Safety correspondent, where she covered significant stories about the nation's transportation infrastructure and important safety issues.
Previously, Cordes was an ABC News correspondent based in New York (2005-07), where she reported for all ABC News broadcasts and covered major news stories including Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq and the 2004 election. Before that, she was a Washington-based correspondent for NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News (2003-04). Prior to ABC News, Cordes was a reporter for WJLA-TV Washington, D.C. (1999-2003). While at WJLA-TV, Cordes covered the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, the 2000 presidential race, the Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks, and peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia. She began her career as a reporter for KHNL-TV Honolulu (1995-97).
Cordes was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hawaii on the islands of Kauai and Oahu. She was graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Cordes received a master's degree in public policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.Nancy Cordes
Executive DIrector of Business Development for the City & County of Honolulu Mayor's office. He is also one of the Commissioners' of the State of Hawaii Charter School Commission where he is Vice Chair of the Commission, Chair of the Administration and Operations committee and member of the Performance committee.
He is also a board member of the Nature Conservancy serving on the Conservation Committee, 'Iolani School Board of Governor's serving on the Development committee and State of Hawaii American Red Cross where he is Chair of the Disaster Preparedness committee.
Mr. Tomozawa was a board member of FXAlliance (NYSE: FX) in 2012 where he was a member of the compensation and transaction committees. FXAlliance was sold to Thomson Reuters and Peter was actively involved in the transaction. In addition to the work he does on various boards, he is an active investor in real estate and in the financial markets.
Mr. Tomozawa retired in 2010 from Goldman, Sachs & Company after a 17 year career that started in Fixed Income and ended in Foreign Exchange. He was named Partner of Goldman Sachs in 2006 and Managing Director in 2000. He was global head of Foreign Exchange sales from 2004 until his retirement. Mr. Tomozawa graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 with a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1993.
Peter and his wife, Donna, have 5 children and have lived in Tokyo, London and New York. They now currently reside in Honolulu, Hawaii.Peter Tomozawa