PBS Hawai'i CEO and President Leslie Wilcox will co-host TEDxMaui, Maui's inaugural TEDx event.
TEDxMaui will feature ideas and inspiration from some of Hawai'i and the world's greatest thinkers, including Dr. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, Susan Casey, Byron Washom, Jeremiah Grossman and W.S. Merwin.
With the theme "The Courage to Dream," TEDxMaui is intended to educate, inspire and connect great minds by honoring innovators who have passion, curiosity, creativity and adaptability to change the world with revolutionary ideas.
This independently organized event licensed by TED will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (MACC) Castle Theater.
Wilcox, born and raised in Hawai'i, is a longtime broadcast and print journalist who held on-air and management positions in newsrooms at CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates. Today, she hosts the weekly PBS Hawai'i interview program, "Long Story Short."
Wilcox will be joined by co-host Kainoa Horcajo, a passionate, lifelong student of indigenous cultures. Currently, Horcajo is a partner in Hana Pono, which provides cultural studies and impact assessments.
Event presenters include Dr. Lindsey, the first female Fellow and Polynesian Explorer for the National Geographic Society, an internationally recognized expert on cultural intelligence and former Maui resident. Casey is editor-in-chief of "O, The Oprah Magazine," "The New York Times" bestselling author of "The Wave" and part-time Maui resident. Washom is an alternative energy pioneer who is partnering with the University of Hawai'i Maui College to bring electric vehicles to Maui. A global leader on Internet security issues, Maui High School graduate Grossman founded WhiteHat Securities and was named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 chief technical officers. A Maui resident for 30 years, Poet Laureate Merwin is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of over 50 books of poetry and prose.
Tickets are on sale at the MACC's Box Office by calling 242-SHOW or at www.mauiarts.org. Tuition are $99; tickets for students and seniors over 65 are $75.