Entrepreneurship Center

Entrepreneurship Center

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Pappas Entrepreneurial Leadership Series


Marilyn and Jim Pappas have made the Pappas Entrepreneurial Leadership Series possible with their generous sponsorship.  Their contribution enables students to meet entrepreneurs and gain insights for developing entrepreneurial skills and mindset that are essential for career success.

Past Programs and Events:

"A Life on the Leading Edge"

Gayle Gardner, president of the U.S. War Veterans Foundation
Wednesday, 18th April 2012

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“Transitioning from the Military to Market Entrepreneurship”

Jack Schneider, Owner and President of JS services, a pioneer in employee leasing services and retired Air Force Pilot
Saturday, 7th April 2012

"The Legislative Impact on Hawaii's Entrepreneurial Community"

Brian Schatz, Lieutenant Governor of Hawai'i
Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
Ken Schoolland, Associate Professor of Economics at HPU, former international economist with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce will serve as the facilitator for the event.
Tuesday, 21st February 2012
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"The Impact of APEC on the Future of Entrepreneurship in the Pacific"
Jim Tollefson, President & CEO, Honolulu Chamber of Commerce
Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at HPU, Honorary Consul General for Peru, and a delegate to the APEC summit representing Latin America
Leroy Laney, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Finance at HPU, and premier forecast economist for First Hawaiian Bank.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"The Accidental Entrepreneur: Seizing the Opportunities that Cross One's Path."
Cliff Slater, Chairman and Founder, Maui Divers of Hawai'i, Inc.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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“Hawaii’s High Tech Entrepreneurs”
James Kerr, Founder and Owner of SuperGeeks
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

“Preparing and Implementing a Business Model for Success.”
Kelly King, Pacific Biodiesel, Inc.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

“Games and Global Warming: A Vision for Doing Well and Doing Good”
Mr. Henk B. Rogers, President & CEO, Blue Planet Software, Inc
Thursday, April 1, 2010

“Hawai‘i’s Young And Hip Entrepreneurs!”
L.P. Neenz Faleafine of Pono Media, Lorenz Sell of FindMeFit, and Tiffany Tanaka of Fresh Café.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“Growth and Profitability in Tough Times: The Story of Martin & MacArthur”
Mr. Michael A. Tam, Chief Executive Officer, Martin & MacArthur
Also featuring Mr. Boris Huang, Artist and HPU MBA Alumnus
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

“The New Wave of Opportunity: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship”
Mr. Darren Kimura, President and CEO, Sopogy
Dr. Francis Oda, Chairman, Group 70 International, Inc.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

“The Entrepreneurial Vision in Uncertain Times”
Mr. Michael Paulin, Chairman and Founder, Aqua Hotels and Resorts
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Chairman and Founder, Oceanit
Friday, February 27, 2009

Are you an aspiring business leader or entrepreneur?
  • Build entrepreneurial capacity
  • Unleash your creative potential and turn ideas to businesses
  • Polish professional and communication skills
  • Network with business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Develop your small business idea
  • Work on business plans to better oneself
  • Meet like-minded people.

Are you a business or community leader?
Your action matters!
Help our future business leaders by becoming:
  • Mentors and advisors to entrepreneurial teams
  • Judges in the business plan competitions
  • Sponsors for events and activities  to help students learn
  • Venture Internship providers
Your legacy will be inspiring and nurturing the future generation of entrepreneurs who will transform the world for the better with their ideas, energy, skills, and optimism.  

Our Mission:  
  • Advance entrepreneurship at HPU and in Hawai‘i through education, outreach, and applied research.
  • Foster entrepreneurial champions in the HPU and greater community through education, networking, dialogue, and training.
  • Continue to uphold HPU’s entrepreneurial foundations and culture

How we operate:
The Entrepreneurship Center works closely with the College of Business Administration and supports other Colleges by collaborating to bring about entrepreneurial learning at HPU.

Contact Information:
Ken Schoolland
Director
Entrepreneurship Center
College of Business Administration
Hawai‘i Pacific University