East Meets West 2019

Thanks to everyone who has been making this event happen.

As I’m relaxing on a Saturday night after a couple of days of working with awesome people, I wanted to share my experience with East Meets West 2019.

If this event is something new to you, the best way I can describe it is bringing in a pool of different types of people: innovators, investors, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The reason for the gathering of these people from Asia to the US? To share their perspectives and expertise in hopes to solve the world’s challenges.

I was fortunate to be a part of the Hands In Helping Out (HIHO) crew. For this event, we were tasked to take care of registration. It was nice to see some familiar faces on our check-in list and I always enjoy hanging out with my HIHO peeps.

Lucky me, I got to attend a good chunk of the panels during downtime and I did my best to soak up as much information as I can. Here are a couple key takeaways:

  • Rebecca Lynn from Canvas VC shared that it’s never too late to do what you want.
  • Margot Shmorak from Hostfully said, “do things that are not related,” and she emphasized that’s remarkably valuable if you end up becoming a leader. Also, never be ashamed of asking for help.

I found some really good value in a surprising panel. Listening to Max Holloway give his analysis on the future of sports, more specifically UFC was inspirational. The basic concept he bestowed upon the panel attendees is this: You need to have a personal brand to have people trust you and it’s not easy. He compared it to being a fighter, having to practice control and master your art.

Being a champion isn’t all about the flash and the glamour. Glad to hear Max Holloway talk about how there are responsibilities to being a champion. It’s up to you how you want to brand yourself.

There were tons of ideas exchanged throughout the event and Hawaii is probably one of the best places to do it because of the unique environment and challenges. To me, every interaction I had with everyone I made connections with is data to analyze and material to work with to solve big or even small problems.

If you attended, what did you learn? Let’s talk story, would love to chat with you and see what we can do to solve problems.

Networking

Best way to describe how things get communicated in Hawaii, “Coconut Wireless”. Photo by @mike.shots.

I’ve been fortunate to network with a lot of business owners and leaders in the community with ideas to address challenges. One of the things I’ve realized since starting my independent consulting business is that I am coming across a lot of organizations/individuals that do not know of each other’s existence or do not have the capacity to reach out or learn about another organization.

Living in Hawaii the last 6 years has shown me that everyone has his/her limits. We are human, of course. What I didn’t expect to learn is that we all have a natural urge to help one another. The challenge is identifying the best resources to go from Point A to Point B.

Why am I writing about this? Like a lot of my other blog posts I just want to open up the conversation. In a way this is streamlining since currently there may be limited avenues to stream information. My goal is to continue generating content, anticipating the next step. This blog is not a data warehouse but it is a way to gather these thoughts and make it available.

Keeping that in mind, the more I work with organizations, the more I would love to share what we accomplish together. I’m looking forward to not just building relationships but to highlight where we started and where we go.

Do you have ideas to help the community? Do you see dots that need to be connected? Let’s talk story and holler @ me.