Successful tech entrepreneur and executive specializing in organizational innovation and strategy. Results-driven team leader, passionate about realizing the potential to accelerate innovation of companies by embracing diversity of the team under a shared vision. Co-founded an award-winning Internet startup, transformed a government agency through internal personnel and board training, and created an integrative science curriculum for a prestigious high school for STEM education. Inclusive leadership style brings a sense of belonging. Fluent in Japanese and English.
Owner and Chief Strategist Executive DirectorJan 2008 to Jan 2016 Paideia Enterprises High Technology Development Corp
Consulting firm specializing in innovation and strategic vision, offering pragmatic solutions to organizational challenges Representative engagements: Authored and art-directed "The Innovation Framework Forward", a report prepared for the City and County of Honolulu government (http://j.mp/hawaii-innovation-report) Provided business cultural training and soft-landing business assistance to a Japanese corporation entering the U.S.
market Advisor to TEDx VennelystBlvd (the first TEDx event in Aarhus, Denmark) amp; CEO,.
HTDC) www.htdc.org Led the state agency responsible for tech-based economic development in the State of Hawaii (increased budget to over $7M/yr, managing over 80,000 sq.
of incubation space, while reducing staff size to 15), where I rehabilitated the agency into a cash flow positive entity respected by legislators and industry.
Restructured INNOVATE Hawaii, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program (MEP-NIST) for the State of Hawaii, as its Center Director, by implementing a new business strategy to recover from probationary status to consistently performing center Branded and provided strategy for state-wide initiatives (e.g., Hawaii Broadband Initiative), provided social media marketing, appeared in press conferences, presented the initiative as keynote speaker, art-directed web sites and logos Represented Hawaii & innovation community at the State legislature, federal agencies (including the military, Economic Development Administration), national association meetings (National Governor's Association, State Science and Technology Institute, Nanotechnology Leadership summit at the White House), etc.
Designed and led board-level strategic vision sessions and created a mini-curriculum for founders and managers of our client companies Crafted the narrative for State-wide innovation initiatives to bring together innovation segments from multiple industries to define HI Growth as an inclusive (beyond tech) innovation program, and helped secure $2M for Launch Akamai Venture Accelerator (LAVA) fund Forged national partnerships with entities like Startup America to increase awareness of our mission Operational Developed and implemented new HR and other operating procedures to better reflected our corporate values (e.g., hiring/personnel reviews, new hire orientation program, budget approval, client reviews, partnership agreements) Designed and rolled out of new services such as efficiency infrastructure cost-share programs for small manufacturing businesses, ideation design and rapid prototyping lab, and co-working space.
Wrote and successfully secured grants and contracts from federal government Organized industry outreach, industry association formation Assisted the University of Hawaii and its partners with commercialization strategies and tech transfer issues Marketed, supervised, and provided client consulting services to entrepreneurs Served as President of High Technology Innovation Corporation (a non-profit sister agency of HTDC).
Co-founder, President, CEOLavaNet, Inc
Grew one of the first Internet Service Providers in Hawaii to ~$3M/year revenue and established an award-winning business from startup capital of ~$40K C0-founded and supervised the incorporation of the spin-off software company to leverage state tax credits, raised capital Negotiated term sheets for potential merger and acquisition partners Guided the board and shareholders through the acquisition process Industry expert on telecom, customer service, and open access initiatives (invited to participate in White House discussions led by VP Gore) Oversaw financials, provided quarterly P&L, balance sheets, and revenue forecasts Designed and implemented HR practices, including innovative group interview process, written and interactive tests Designed and provided internal training for both "soft" and "hard" skills as well as for compliance (e.g., harassment) Supervised and managed technical and non-technical projects, including Network Operations Center move, new service roll-out including cost and pricing calculations, sales and marketing campaigns, quality assurance and user experience testing Public and media appearances including keynotes and TV interviews.
Mathematics Teacher; K-12 Internet CoordinatorPunahou School
Taught elite high school students: honors physics, algebra, integrated science.
Created a new curriculum (integrated science), funded by grant from GTE.
Designed science and computer labs and curricula; coordinated Internet access campus-wide; served on Tech Steering Committee.
B.A, Physics1992Reed College － Portland, Oregon, USAVolunteer Work Physics The Physics of Sonoluminescence ~Making Light of Sound
Fluent in both English and Japanese (written and spoken) at native level
Advisor & C-Suite Member (deal screening committee), Astia (2015-Present) Program Manager, Keizai Silicon Valley (2015-Present) Board & Executive Committee Member, Better Business Bureau of Hawaii (2000-2006) Board Member, Hawaii Women's Business Center (2002-2005) Board Member, HiSciTech (2009) President & Board Member, Internet Society Hawaii Chapter (2005-Present) Advisory Board Member, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (2003-2013) Advisory Board Member, ThinkTechHawaii (2004-2013) Steering committee member, International Women's Conference (2005) Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, University of Hawaii Outreach College (2000) Keynote speaker and lecturer (for educational institutions from K-12 to graduate programs, non-profits, trade associations) on a variety of topics such as innovation, entrepreneurship, women in tech, cultural identity and gender (2008-Present) Strategic plan committee member, Hawaii Chamber Music (2009) Committee member, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (1999-2004) Admissions Interview Volunteer, Reed College Admissions Office (1992-Present) Editor/Proofreader & Program Mentor for the Computer Science Dept., Aarhus University, Denmark (2013-2015) v. 2015/12/15