Central Pacific Bank Foundation welcomes new class of WE by Rising Tide women entrepreneurs

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WE by Rising Tide program participants met for the opening session on Aug. 2, 2023. Photo Courtesy: CPB Foundation

The Central Pacific Bank Foundation has welcomed its third cohort of women entrepreneurs who are participating in the WE by Rising Tide program sponsored by the Central Pacific Bank Foundation and aio Foundation, in partnership with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.

The free 11-session program is designed for women entrepreneurs to hone financial management skills, develop marketing strategies, and network with business professionals.

“The 20 talented women will enjoy connecting with other like-minded professionals and learning from industry experts to help grow their businesses,” said Central Pacific Bank Group Senior Vice President Business Banking, Susan Utsugi, who is one of the founding members of the WE by Rising Tide program and Small Business Committee Chair at the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.


The following 20 women are participants in the 2023 class:

  • Michelle Ake, Malu Productions, Inc.
  • Jennifer Oyer, Community Impact Advisors
  • Ticiane Phillips, Cleaning Renovation Services Maui, LLC
  • Valerie Okemura, H&H Overhead Doors of Oahu, Inc.
  • Lauren Schultz, Malama Meals, LLC
  • Mina Akamu, My Treehouse Club
  • Maria Short, Short N Sweet Bakery Market Café, LLC
  • Dr. Corinne De Soto, Koa Clinic, Inc.
  • Kanani Oury, Stonefish
  • Lani Ng, Morning Glass Coffee
  • Arlene Seymour, Hawaiian Watersports, Inc.
  • Chelsa Davis, Ao Organics Hawai‘i
  • Dr. Spring Golden, Golden Dermatology
  • Tiffany Tabbal, Manageability, LLC
  • Jazmyn King-Mau, Kings Kustom Tinting, LLC
  • Joelle Simonpietri, Simonpietri Enterprises, LLC
  • Nikki Doo, Perfect Portraits
  • Dr. Jasmine Waipa, Keanuenue Pediatrics, LLC
  • Kathryn Mashima, Mashima Electric, LLC
  • Richel Cole, For The Good, LLC


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