MINNEAPOLIS, May 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bill Austin, owner, CEO, and president of Starkey Hearing Technologies, and Tani Austin, chief philanthropy officer of Starkey Hearing Technologies, are honored to host their esteemed friend, His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for two days at Starkey Hearing Technologies global headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

His Holiness will participate in a groundbreaking panel discussion “A Call for Compassion and Conscious Kindness,” with friends and fellow global humanitarians Bill Austin, Tani Austin and Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Founder and CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), on June 23. Through their international philanthropic work, His Holiness, the Austins and Whitaker are aligned with bringing a shift in consciousness for peace and understanding. Invited guests will include business and community leaders.

“At Starkey Hearing Technologies, we share His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama’s belief that the need for authentic, intentional human-to-human relationships is more vital than ever,” said Bill Austin. “Guided by our sense of universal responsibility and our collective understanding of the importance of compassion and conscious kindness, we anticipate that this discussion will be a catalyst for even greater opportunities to expand caring and sharing around the world.”

About Starkey Hearing Technologies           

Starkey Hearing Technologies is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded in 1967, the company is recognized for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. The company develops, manufactures and distributes hearing aids via three distinct brands – Audibel, NuEar and its original brand, Starkey. As the only American-owned and operated provider of hearing technologies, Starkey Hearing Technologies is proud to support veterans and active military service personnel with the best in American innovation, including a suite of revolutionary hearing technologies and other resources.

Starkey Hearing Technologies currently employs more than 5,000 people and operates 22 facilities and conducts business in more than 100 markets worldwide. For more information, visit www.starkey.com.

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Natalie Howell
Starkey Hearing Technologies
612-423-8092
nhowell@roepkepr.com

Lama Tenzin Dhonden
Personal Peace Emissary to His Holiness The Dalai Lama
561-716-8356
tdhonden@yahoo.com