2018 Conference Speakers & Participants

Caoli Cano

Songwriter, Sake Brewer and Founder Over the Rainbow Foundation

Caoli Cano is a songwriter, sake brewer and the Founder and Representative Director of Over the Rainbow Foundation, where she launched “One Song Project,” which sends dying people special songs that they want to listen to at the end of their life.

Hiram Chodosh

President of Claremont McKenna College

Hiram E. Chodosh became the fifth president of Claremont McKenna College on July 1, 2013. An accomplished leader in several domains, he is widely recognized for his innovations in higher education, scholarship in comparative law and expertise in international justice reform.

Ted Dintersmith

Executive producer of “Most Likely to Succeed”

Ted Dintersmith is one of the nation’s leading voices on innovation and education. His four-decade career spans technology, business, public policy, and education philanthropy. He was the executive producer of the acclaimed documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed,” as well as the author, along with Tony Wagner, of the book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era. His newly released book, What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America has just gone into its second printing. His background includes a PhD in Engineering from Stanford; running a start-up micro-chip business; two decades in venture capital (ranked as the top-performing U.S. investor for 1995-1999); and representing the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.

Jenny Johnson

President and COO of Franklin Templeton Investments

Jenny Johnson is president and chief operating officer of Franklin Resources, Inc. Johnson oversees the majority of investment management and all related investment management support services. She is also responsible for Franklin Templeton’s global retail and institutional distribution efforts, including product development. In addition, Johnson oversees client service, fund administration, global technology, and the company’s high net worth business, Fiduciary Trust Company International. She is also a member of Franklin Resources’ executive committee, a small group of the company’s top leaders responsible for shaping the firm’s overall strategy.

Janice Hansen Zakin

Co-proprietor of Zakin Family Vineyards

Janice Hansen Zakin, is a physician and, along with her husband, co-proprietor of Zakin Family Vineyards situated on 150 acres in St Helena, California. The Zakin Estate Wines have quickly garnered favorable reviews and popularity among Cabernet wine lovers. In reviewing the 2014 Zakin Estate wine expert Antonio Galloni, in Vinous described the 2014 Estate wine as “…one of the most impressive debuts I have seen in Napa Valley in some time.”

Andy Karsner

Managing Partner of Emerson Collective

Andy Karsner is Managing Partner of the Emerson Collective, where he leads investments and champions the values of Emerson Collective to prioritize the needs of humanity in concert with nature. He is also a Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at Google X and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University.

Yasunobu Kyogoku

Founding Partner of Innovation Global Capital

Yasunobu Kyogoku is the Founding Partner of Innovation Global Capital, an asset management and consumer private equity firm that builds global brands through partnerships with visionary entrepreneurs. Funds managed by Innovation Global Capital are investors in rapidly growing brands such as Marine Layer, Rothys, Buck Mason, Kjaer Weis and Plae, as well as consumer enterprise technology companies such as Hero and GameOn. Kyogoku is also an advisor to ItoEn Co. Ltd., the $4 billion revenue beverage company.

Joan Obra

Partner of Rusty’s Hawaiian

Joan Obra is a partner in Rusty’s Hawaiian, a lauded coffee farm, mill, and roastery founded by her parents in the Kaʻu District of Hawaiʻi Island. Called one of “the world’s most celebrated farms” by the New York Times, Rusty’s has supplied competition coffee used by two national champions: Pete Licata, the 2011 US Barista Champion and Asli Yaman, the 2014 Turkish Brewers Cup Champion. Rusty’s raw coffee is prized by leading roasters such as Blue Bottle, which featured the Obra family in its book, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee. Here in Hawaiʻi, Rusty’s roasts its own beans for chefs such as Alan Wong and stores such as Whole Foods.

Jake Shimabukuro

’Ukulele Virtuoso & Composer

Almost everyone in Hawai’i has strummed an ’ukulele at one time or another. But at the age of 14, Jake Shimabukuro realized that he was doing something a little different with the four-stringed instrument – OK, a lot different.

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ’ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire.

Yasuo Tanabe

Special Representative for External Relations of Hitachi, Ltd.

Yasuo Tanabe is the Special Representative for External Relations at Hitachi, Ltd. He previously worked as Hitachi’s Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, and Corporate Officer for the International Strategy Division. Tanabe’s background includes more than two decades of experience serving as the Deputy Director – General for the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Director for several divisions within the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (formerly known as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry).

Nainoa Thompson

President of Polynesian Voyaging Society

As an explorer, environmentalist, master navigator, cultural revivalist, educator and storyteller, Nainoa Thompson has led the rediscovery and revival of the ancient Polynesian art of navigation. Through his voyaging, teaching and engagement, he has opened a global, multigenerational dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage. He has dedicated his life to exploring the ocean; maintaining the health of the planet; and ensuring that the ancient marine heritage and culture of Polynesia remain vibrant into the future.

Kip Wilborn

Opera singer

Kip Wilborn has enjoyed a career as a leading tenor with opera companies and symphonies around the world in cities including, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, London, Dublin, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Taipei. He has also enjoyed success in film and music theater. He starred as Sam Kaplan in the musical film, “Street Scene,” which was awarded the Best Musical Film award at the International Wide Screen Awards in Amsterdam.

Other Speakers & Participants

Sachio Semmoto

Executive Chairman and Representative

Director, Renova, Inc.