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We hope you will join us every other month for our lunch meetings. Each meeting
features an inspiring speaker from the private or public sector.

May 14, 2018 -- Guest Speaker

  Susan Yamada, Director of University of Hawaii Ventures

Susan Yamada, Director of University of Hawaii Ventures

Ms. Yamada began her tenure as Director of University of Hawaii Ventures in July 2017.  She is responsible for creating a center for innovation whose mission is to support University entrepreneurs and commercialize University-generated innovations.

She served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE).  PACE is the home for a set of experiential entrepreneurship programs located in the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii.  The Center’s 20+ programs offer mentorship, training and resources to all UH students and faculty and are designed to encourage entrepreneurial thinking across disciplines and inspire entrepreneurs to move their ideas from conceptualization to commercialization.  

Prior to assuming her position at PACE, Ms. Yamada spent 17 years working in senior management positions at various entrepreneurial start-up companies in California. 

While in Silicon Valley, Ms. Yamada served as the founding CEO of TRUSTe, the first globally recognized, online privacy seal program dedicated to protecting users’ personal information on the Internet.  At TRUSTe, Ms. Yamada served as part of the founding management team for VEO Systems, a business-to-business software developer, which was sold to Commerce One in 1999 who then went public on NASDAQ the same year.

Prior to founding TRUSTe, she led technology publisher Upside Magazine where she spent five years as the CEO and Publisher. 


Next Lunch Meeting:  May 14, 2018 at the Pacific Club
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

RSVP due by noon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to:

Check payable to OWL for $45 for each guest & mail to:
2766 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96826

Phone:  808-396-1605 |  email:  

2018 Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates
May 14, 2018
July 9, 2018
September 10, 2018
November 5, 2018 (Halekulani Hotel)

Membership luncheons are generally held on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Meetings are usually held at the Pacific Club, but locations will be confirmed prior to the meeting.

Owl Spring Mixer

In response to our successful January member meeting, multiple people noted on their comment cards that they would like the OWL Board to consider using guest speaker Allison Izu’s space for our Spring Mixer.  Because of this request, we are happy to announce the date, time and location.  This event will be limited to the first 35 people who respond (registration will be emailed soon). 
When:  April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Where:  Allison Izu Design Studio, 1114 11th Avenue
Metered parking available across the street in the adjacent parking lot, next to Jose’s Mexican Cantina. 
5:45 to 6:15pm:  Allison will be presenting a class entitled “What is your color personality?”
6:15 to 7:30pm:  Mingle with OWL members and guests.  
Light pupus and drinks will be available.  Also enjoy shopping Allison’s spring collection.

$35 to attend, registration email forthcoming!



Women's Fund of Hawaii
Tea & Champagne Fundraiser

OWL Members are invited to join the Women's Fund of Hawaii on May 10th for their Annual Tea and Champagne Fund Raiser!  Last year's sold-out event raised over $160,000 for women and girls in Hawai'i.  The celebration is a fun-filled evening of fundraising and networking that features special tea, champagne, delicious heavy pupu, cool prizes and dessert.

The mission of the Women’s Fund of Hawaii is to support innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawaii.  Please visit their website for more details at:


2018 Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates
May 14, 2018
July 9, 2018
September 10, 2018
November 5, 2018 (Halekulani Hotel)