Thrivals 5.0 and the Wondaland Arts Society will present “questors,” people who have “dared to leave the known limits of their world and have ventured into an unknown and dangerous realm, where the rules and limits are not known, returning as our heroes,” according to a news release.
Questors are defined as having overcome racial, financial, physical and stereotypical barriers to succeed at their passions.
The six speakers are:
- Tori Murden McClure defied the dangers of the ocean – twice – to become the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. McClure is now president of Spalding University in Louisville.
- Maurice Ashley became the first African-American in a predominantly white world to earn the title International Chess Grandmaster in 1999.
- Sarathbabu Elumalai beat the odds with a successful post-graduate career after being raised in the slums of India. He now seeks to fight poverty and hunger in India by expanding his catering business and creating 500,000 new jobs for the illiterate and semi-literate.
- Spencer West climbed Mount Kilimanjaro despite losing both of his legs at the age of five and now motivates young people everywhere to effect positive change in their communities.
- Kevin Olusola combined two conventional and seemingly incompatible genres of music – classical and hip-hop – to become an unconventional beat-boxing cellist sensation. Also performing are Pentatonix – Olusola’s a cappella group and the winners of NBC’S “The Sing-Off” 2011.
- Janelle Monáe, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, performer and now the newest face of CoverGirl, launched both her own record label and art collective known as The Wondaland Arts Society and her own non-profit organization Super7, which is committed to providing the 7 essential “Super Powers” to young women and young girls everywhere, focusing on their health, well being, and personal dreams.
Held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Thrivals sets the tone for the IdeaFestival each year by exploring a particular theme.
The event caters to broad thinkers of all ages with a focus on high school and college students, and this year’s collection of risk-taking speakers will have “a significant appeal to those who struggle with big ideas in a limited and short-sighted world – a familiar issue within disadvantaged and minority groups,” according to the release.
For more information on Thrivals 5.0 or to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
Thrivals is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About Thrivals@IdeaFestival: Founded in 2000 in Lexington, IdeaFestival occurred biennially until 2006 when the Festival moved to Louisville and became an annual event. It debuted Thrivals 3.0 in 2010. IdeaFestival and Thrivals programming exposes young minds to global thought leaders whom they would otherwise not have a chance to meet. It introduces important and revolutionary ideas and strategies for thinking about the future and how young men and women can be successful despite the obstacles they may face.