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Surfjack Talk Story Sessions: Not Your Mama’s 401K

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saving some cash and not sure what to do with it? Interested in being a contributor to positive global movements? Join us for an evening of food, fun, and talk money with some of the cutting edge minds in Sustainable Finance, Living and Investment. The way we use our money can have a positive and sustainable affect upon our earth, our climate, and our natural resources.

About the panelists:

Michael Kramer, Managing Partner of Natural Investments, one of the nation’s original sustainable, responsible, and impact investment advisors with offices in 10 states, including 3 locations in Hawaii. Michael serves on the national policy committee of USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and regularly engages corporations and regulators in efforts to increase transparency, responsibility, and accountability regarding corporate practices. Michael has been a permaculture teacher for 25 years and is currently a consultant to Hoku Nui Maui, a regenerative farming community under development. He founded the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, as well as HI Impact, is one of the founders of Impact Hub Honolulu, and serves on the boards of Sustainability Association of Hawaii and Sustain Hawaii. He helped get the Sustainable Business Corporation designation passed under Hawaii law in 2011.

Scott Cooney, Founder and CEO. Cooney has been a serial eco-entrepreneur since 2003, having started and grown five mission-driven companies, with three successful exits. He is a McGraw-Hill published author and former professor in the MBA program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he taught the first sustainable business course in the University of Hawaii system. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for his previous startup, Important Media, which is one of the top five sustainability media companies in the world, with 3.5 million monthly readers, and includes the world’s largest renewable energy news site (CleanTechnica). Cooney was featured on the cover of Pacific Edge magazine’s sustainable business issue in 2015, nominated for “Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association in 2015 and for a Corporate Social Responsibility Award by Pacific Edge in 2016.

Tania Fukuda Being raised vegetarian and pursuing studies in Asian philosophy, history and languages, creative arts and later yoga and capoeira have given Tania a broad range of knowledge and experiences, and overall a more inclusive perspective on life. Coupled with her training in securities, insurance and financial planning, Tania brings a more holistic and balanced approach to the services she offers. Her vision is to empower individuals and protect families, while also contributing to a better future for our shared planet. As a single mom and advocate for women and children, she also places a special emphasis on socially and environmentally responsible investments, and achieving better long term financial security and independence. *Tania Fukuda is not affiliated, associated, authorized or endorsed by or in any way officially connected with Natural Investments LLC or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Mary Spadaro: Mary Spadaro recently started up Slow Money Hawaii to help Hawaii’s small farmers in need of capital to grow their businesses while also growing Hawaii’s supply of sustainably produced food. Mary left a 17 year career as a development professional (aka fundraiser) in the non-profit human services world to give supportive care for “90-something’s” parents. She aspires to become a farmer herself one day, so while fulfilling her family commitments in Honolulu, she is settling for the next best thing—working with farmers! Mary says that she is finding match-making between food lovers (who have some cash) to the right farmer, is a perfect fit for her fundraising skills, her love of growing things, and her concern for the earth and climate change. Mary is an avid yoga practitioner and was a blue-water sailor and captain in her previous career.

Moderated by Ashley Lukens, Director of the Hawaii Center for Food Safety. Her work focuses on issues of human and environmental health as they relate to the food system. She has her PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her research examined community-led efforts to develop culturally appropriate strategies for food system transformation. Ashley is also the mother to 8 year old daughter.


June 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Surfjack
412 Lewers Street
Honolulu, 96815 United States
(808) 923-8882


The Surfjack
(808) 923-8882