2013: TEDxHonoluluSalon #4

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“Disruptive Leadership”

August 30, 2013, FreshCafe, Honolulu, HI


Simply put, disruptive innovation creates a new market or way of doing things. A great example of this is something we use every day — e-mail. When e-mail was introduced it rapidly changed the way we communicated and did business.

Similarly, the ecology of leadership is always evolving. We want to observe this regenerative design as the world becomes more connected and diverse and our challenges become increasingly complex. Leaders today are moving toward collaborative models, looking at interdependence, diversity, sense of place, emotional intelligence and technology.

This TEDxHonoluluSalon event was produced by the TEDxHonolulu Organizing Team, with Special Guest Curator Forest Frizzell, who motivated the TEDxHonolulu 2013 crowd with his presentation Open Data and Citizen Engagement.” With the support of Producer Matt Lynch, Forrest has hand-selected three of Hawai‘i’s emerging leaders.     


WISCHheadshotBWaltJoshua Wisch

 “Harvesting Rice”

Joshua Wisch is the deputy director for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Taxation, where his work includes oversight of the department’s several divisions as well as its Tax-System Modernization program. Prior to serving at the Tax Department, Joshua was the special assistant to the Attorney General in the State of Hawai‘i, Department of the Attorney General, the district director for Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, and an attorney at both Chun, Kerr, Dodd, Beaman & Wong, and Cades Schutte. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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VELASCOheadshotBWaltNicole Velasco 

“The Young Woman Who Dared: A Political Parable”

Nicole A. Velasco is a third generation resident born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She graduated from Princeton University in 2008 with a BA in English. Nicole serves as the Executive Secretary of the Neighborhood Commission and is th youngest appointed Cabinet member of the Caldwell Administration. In 2012, Nicole ran for the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives in her community of Kalihi, District 30. With a narrow and controversial loss of 120 votes, the outcome of Nicole’s primary election reignited discussions about election reform. During the 2013 Legislative Session, a bill was written to address the concerns raised in Nicole’s race. Newly introduced and the first of its kind, the bill was not expected to advance. However, the wisdom of the Legislature and the Governor ensured that the measure would pass and become Act 235, SLH 2013. Nicole has worked as an analyst for both the Hawai‘i State Office of the Auditor and the Finance Committee of the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives. Previously, Nicole served as a Government Affairs Advisor at Ashford & Wriston, LLP, representing a variety of clients with legislative concerns in the State of Hawai‘i. Nicole continues to work on issues and projects in the community. She is a proud coach of the Farrington Lady Govs Water Polo team. Invested in Hawai‘i’s future, Nicole often visits various public and private schools to give presentations on government and to encourage civic engagement among youth.

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 STERNheadshotBWaltKalei Stern

“Culture, Context, Content”

Kalei Stern is the director of the Omidyar Fellows, a program for emerging leaders in Hawai‘i. She is responsible for the program’s quality and integration within the community of learners, with the organizations that are sponsoring Fellows, and in the larger network of leadership in Hawai‘i. Kalei was previously the Executive Director of Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and the Director of Philanthropic Services at Hawai‘i Community Foundation. She is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her MBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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TEDxHonoluluSalon #4 Organizing Volunteers:

Genesis Leong License Holder and Lead Curator

Matthew Lynch Producer

Forest Frizzell Guest Curator

Gene Shofner Speakers’ Coach

Cornelia Jolitz Graphic Designer

Joe Heaukalani Interactive Lead

TEDxHonoluluSalon #4 Volunteers (Day of the Event):

Tehani Diaz Registration Member

Tara Buckley Registration Member

Kaleo Production Member

Ruby Menon Registration Member

Danielle Jones Photographer

Tika Anindya Registration Member

Danylle Solomon Registration Member

Kevin Shin Interactive Member


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