Entrepreneurship Live with Tetsuya O'Hara

April 30, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Add to Calendar

Innovation Journey: 35 years in Japan and U.S. Guest Speaker: Tetsuya O'Hara PACE invites UH students to attend the third Entrepreneurship Live speaker event of the spring 2021 semester. Tetsuya O'Hara is known as a pioneer of disruptive Eco innovation for high-growth rate organizations. He is an accomplished and dynamic leader with extensive experience developing and implementing solutions aimed at business growth. Tetsuya began his career at Teijin in Osaka, Japan, where he led sailcloth R&D from 1985 until 1995, and developed high-tech sailcloth for America’s Cup boats. In 1996, he moved his family to Connecticut to work for Dimension Polyant, where he designed light weight composite materials for NASA’s 400-meter environmental research balloon, and incorporated sailcloth technology for a drumhead widely used in the music industry. From 2003 until 2016, he worked for Patagonia in Ventura, California, and served as the Director of Material Development, Director of Advanced R&D, and Director of Innovation Research, in that order. There he executed a series of radical eco-innovation for the company’s product lines. One of his signature projects was making a wetsuit out of Guayule, a native plant from Arizona that requires no petroleum. He also discovered a plasma technology on down and spearheaded on Patagonia’s limited-edition Encapsil Down Belay Parka, which set new standards in lightness and warmth. Tetsuya also charged R&D of Merino Air that was chosen gold winner in base layer category at ISPO Award 2015. From 2017 until 2019, Tetsuya was Vice President of Innovation for Gap Inc. in San Francisco. In this role, he and his team identified and defined the game changing innovation strategy, and seamlessly fed commercially viable product to all five of Gap Inc.’s brand portfolio: Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Hill City. Currently, Tetsuya is President of INCS Corporation which is a product innovation consulting firm in the retail sector. He is also teaching innovation and sustainability at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serving the University of St Andrews in Scotland as a member of the board of trustees. This event is free and open to UH faculty, staff, alumni, and all students from UH's 10 campuses including community colleges. Pre-register for the Zoom link. This speaker series is generously sponsored by First Insurance Company of Hawaii and co-hosted with the Shidler College of Business Inter-Business Council.

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Shidler College of Business, PACE , Mānoa Campus

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8089565301, pace@hawaii.edu, https://pace.shidler.hawaii.edu/live/

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