ISLAND WISDOM, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
The 51st Annual Hawaii Executive Conference (#HEConf2014) 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
Sarah Jones is a Tony Award® winning playwright and performer. 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
Dan Buettner, Founder and CEO of 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.Dan Buettner
Best-selling author, academic, and former hedge fund manager
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 Taleb
Nancy Cordes is CBS News' Congressional correspondent. 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 Washing, 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