NORTH NAPLES — A world-class ideas conference is coming back to Southwest Florida.
Ed Colodny, who spent 35 years in the airline industry, rising to CEO of US Airways for the last 16 years of his career, is ready for this year's Imagine Solutions Conference.
"Imagine Solutions is a wonderful contribution to the community and stimulating our intellectual lifestyle," Colodny said.
The 2013 Imagine Solutions Conference is set for 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in North Naples. This is the third time the conference will be held in Collier County.
"From day one our vision has been to enable exceptional leaders to leverage their capabilities to more effectively address our critical issues," said Randy Antik, CEO of Imagine Solutions. "Our theme for 2013 — America at its Best — will bring alive those ideas-thought leaders who exemplify this, and thought leaders whose 'big ideas' could get us there."
The 2013 Imagine Solutions Conference will offer a broad spectrum of more than two dozen experts and issues from energy, obesity and education to political process, space and the arts.
Speakers include Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA Today; Jim Rogers, president and CEO of Duke Energy; Daniel Franklin, author of "Megachange: The World in 2050" and executive editor of The Economist; astronaut Catherine Coleman and Mickey Edwards, a former Oklahoma congressman.
Colodny, along with his wife, have attended the prior Imagine Solutions conferences.
"I found them thoroughly both invigorating, enjoyable and interesting," said Colodny, a North Naples seasonal resident.
Through attending the past forums, Colodny said, he gains insight into what is going on in the world.
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He is interested in listening to Norman Augustine, a retired chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation's largest contractor, a former undersecretary of the Army, and a leader in technology.
In 2007, a founding group of Naples executives hatched the Searching for Solutions Institute and its main activity, Imagine Solutions, a series of presentations from practitioners at the cutting edge of fields ranging from music to medicine. They hoped to offer the same ideas conferences to the East Coast that TED (technology, entertainment, design) and the Aspen Institute offer the West Coast.
Imagines Solutions was offered in 2010 and 2011. Antik said the forum wasn't held in 2012 because it was an election year.
Attendees must register to attend. Cost is $600 per person. The full-day forum is open to 600 paid attendees, plus 150 scholarships to nonprofit leaders.
"I just urge anybody who has an interest of broadening their horizon to come to the Phil on Feb. 11," Colodny said.
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