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Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winner Doris Kearns Goodwin to Speak at WEX Leadership and Creativity Event Series

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 10, 2013-- WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, today announced that Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, will speak at the WEX Leadership and Creativity Event Series, on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Doris Kearns Goodwin (Photo: Business Wire)

Doris Kearns Goodwin (Photo: Business Wire)

Tickets will go on sale this summer and seating is general admission. For more information, go to

Goodwin’s remarks at the fourth annual WEX Leadership and Creativity Event Series will focus on “The Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt’s Bully Pulpit in Today’s Era of Journalism and Politics” and draw heavily from her new book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” (available October 1, 2013). The event is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the University of Southern Maine (“USM”) in the Abromson Community Education Center on Bedford Street, Portland.

The WEX Leadership and Creativity Event Series was created in 2010 to bring speakers or creative presenters of national or international renown to USM on an annual basis for the benefit of the entire community. This event is held each fall and 100 percent of ticket proceeds will support general scholarships at USM. Past speakers include Senator George Mitchell and Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative reporter, Bob Woodward.

“WEX is proud to continue to sponsor this Series as a way to provide a community forum to explore the impact of creative leadership and as a means of supporting scholarships for USM students,” said WEX Chairman and CEO Michael Dubyak. “This Series has been a sold-out event each year and we anticipate that our native New Englander, Doris Kearns Goodwin, will be especially well received.”

"To say we are thrilled to have an author and historian of Doris Kearns Goodwin's stature is a classic understatement," said USM President Theo Kalikow. "What an opportunity for the community at large and our students, faculty and staff! Our thanks to WEX for its ongoing support of USM and for its generous sponsorship of this scholarship fund-raising event."

Goodwin’s remarks will address how people throughout history have responded to similar issues that face the nation today. She will provide an historical analysis on politics and current events and offer unique insights into the lives of American presidents who have shaped the country. Goodwin is a former Lyndon Johnson aide, has written for leading national publications and is the author of numerous best-selling books, including “Team of Rivals,” which was recently adapted into the feature-film “Lincoln” by Steven Spielberg. She also appears regularly on network television programs, including MSNBC’s “Meet the Press,” and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family, Franklin Roosevelt and Ken Burns' “The History of Baseball.

About WEX Inc.

WEX Inc. (NYSE: WEX) is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. From its roots in fleet card payments beginning in 1983, WEX has expanded the scope of its business into a multi-channel provider of corporate payment solutions representing more than 7.6 million cardholders and offering exceptional payment security and control across a wide spectrum of business sectors. The Company’s operations include WEX Bank, Fleet One, Pacific Pride, rapid! PayCard, Wright Express Australia, Wright Express New Zealand and CorporatePay Limited, England, as well as a majority equity position in UNIK S.A., Brazil. WEX and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,300 associates. For more information about WEX, please visit

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