PACE's new speaker series will inspire future entrepreneurs

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-5645
Public Information Officer, College of Business-External Relations Office
Posted: Sep 17, 2014

PACE Executive Director Susan Yamada
PACE Executive Director Susan Yamada

The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), located within the Shidler College of Business, will host a new Inspiring Innovation Speaker Series beginning September 22.  Established to encourage creative and global thinking, each event features an entrepreneur, who will share his or her story of forging a startup, or a founder to provide insight about pioneering in a specific industry. The series is sponsored through a generous gift from First Insurance Company of Hawaiʻi.

Says PACE Executive Director Susan Yamada, “We are pleased to host this speaker series that will bring outstanding entrepreneurs to campus. I appreciate First Insurance’s foresight and desire to inspire Hawaiʻi’s students to think bigger and outside the box. I expect many students to be spurred into action to pursue their business ideas after being able to meet these successful individuals in person and hear their real-life stories.”

The first event of the series will feature Liz Schwartz, owner of Coffee Talk, Inc. She will share how she started the business, and how the cafe has survived and thrived in an evolving, hyper-competitive marketplace for over 20 years.

This free and open-to-the-public event will be held on Monday, September 22, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom.

Guests are required to register online. To register, and for more information on the Inspiring Innovation Speaker Series, go to the website at Inquiries may be directed to PACE at or (808) 956-5083.

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