Questors Share Amazing Adventures at IF’s Thrivals 5.0

Thrivals  at IdeaFestivalSometimes people are pulled in directions that stretch the limits of their souls. And through these experiences, they get to know themselves on a deeper level – their strengths, their weaknesses, their fears and their joys. These are the people who inspire us, and they are exactly the kind of people you expect to see at IdeaFestival.

Thrivals 5.0 kicked off IdeaFestival by bringing together “questors,” people who have dared to leave the known limits of their world to venture into an unknown and dangerous realm and return as heroes. Questors speaking at the sold out Thrivals 5.0 included:

Tori Murden McClure – McClure was the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She is the author of A Pearl in the Storm and president of Spalding University.
Maurice Ashley – Ashley was the first African-American International Chess Grandmaster, and he is the author of Chess for Success.
Spencer West – West, a motivational speaker for Me to We, lost his legs at the age of five due to a genetic disorder. Last year, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise more than $500,000 for clean water in East Africa.

Thrivals 5.0 inspired adults and students alike. The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts was filled with students from area schools and universities, and professionals who had taken time away from work to be inspired at IdeaFestival. The questors were equally inspired by the energy of the audience.

Three-time Grammy nominee and Wondalands Arts Society co-founder, Janelle Monáe, wrapped up the event by bringing together the questors for a group discussion and a Q&A with the students. Key takeaways included the importance of community. West shared a quote by Dan Wilkins that summed up the message well, “A community that excludes even one of its members is no community at all.” And Ashley had a quote of his own that resonated with the audience and defined Thrivals 5.0, “The quest is the soul’s unfinished business.”

Thrivals is designed primarily for college and high school students, but anyone interested in new ways of thinking is encouraged to attend. Be sure to mark your calendar for September 2013!