May Luncheon – IMPROVING HAWAII’S ECONOMY – WHAT WILL THE NEW ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT?

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David Y. Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of the State of Hawaii on December 1, 2014. In the opening to his inauguration address he stated that “an inauguration is really an introduction of a new governor, a new administration, a new beginning.” He went on to state that government must “do the hard work” of nurturing a sustainable economy and must take a more active role in growing small business and diversifying our economic engine, as well as in supporting our larger and more established industries. With the recent confirmation of Luis Salaveria as the director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, what will the new administration do to support business and economic development? Governor David Ige will share with us his perspectives on economic development and what businesses can expect from the new administration.

governorGovernor David Ige (D) is the current Governor of Hawaii. He was born and raised in Pearl City and attended public schools. Despite being accepted into M.I.T. he attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree in Decision Sciences. In 1986, Hawaii Business Magazine named him one of the university’s Top 10 MBA students. Prior to being elected Governor, he worked for GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years. He also served as Program/ Project Manager with Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc., Vice President of Engineering at NetEnterprise, and Project Engineer/Senior Principal Engineer at Pihana Pacific, which established the first worldclass data center and carrier-neutral Internet exchange in Hawaii and the Pacific.

DEVELOPING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET – DESIGN THINKING

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“Greater Creativity”, “Better Solutions, and Faster”, “Human Centered”. These are some of the words that describe Design Thinking, a five-step human-centered problem solving process made famous by David Kelley of IDEO (an award-winning global design firm) and Stanford University. It has been used by the world’s greatest innovators – Apple, Google, FedEx, GE, as well as Hawaii organizations such as Hawaiian Telcom, HECO, State Office of Information Management Technology, Department of Health, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, Department of Education, Oceanit, and many others.

Our luncheon program will feature Ian Kitajima, a senior executive at Oceanit and co-founder/co-convener of Design Thinking Hawaii, a community of volunteers who are introducing Design Thinking into Hawaii’s schools, government, and companies. Oceanit is one of Hawaii’s largest and most diversified privately‐held technology companies, with 150 scientists and engineers. Ian will share insights about Design Thinking and Oceanit’s experience. Why Oceanit adopted this new mindset? How do they do what they do? How can you apply Design Thinking to your business?

ianIan Kitajima is responsible for corporate development and venturing for Oceanit’s award winning innovations, products, and services. Since 2001, he continues to evolve and share Oceanit’s culture of innovation ‐ to create, fund, incubate, and transition new technologies to the marketplace, with a community mission to create a more prosperous Hawaii. He is an advisor or board member to several educational, government, and community organizations, such as PBS Hawaii, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, and UH Alumni Association. He is a product of Hawaii’s public school system, graduating from Castle High School, Windward Community College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies).