Hawaii’s Creative Economy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

The Power of Possibility

If award winning author Daniel Pink is right that “the MFA is the new MBA” then Hawaii’s creative sectors are surfing the wave of this global movement, charting a course to redefine Hawaii’s economic landscape.

Our creative sectors have the potential to expand our state’s economic growth in traditional and bold new directions. Over 40,000 businesses and entrepreneurs statewide comprise the creative sectors which have grown 13% since 2001 and comprise $3.9 billion of Hawaii’s GDP. Our arts, culture and music industries define who we are as a world renowned visitor destination, and coupled with our film, television, literary and new media industries, provide a powerful combination to advance Hawaii’s global reputation as a creative hub of the Pacific.

Join Georja Skinner, as she shares key insights and initiatives which are connecting creative communities locally and globally to accelerate the depth and scope of Hawaii’s Creative Economy.     


Georja Skinner brings a wealth of experience in mainstream film production, arts and music to her position as Chief Officer of the State of Hawai’i’s Creative Industries Division (CID) in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).  A seasoned marketing professional and Emmy nominee, Skinner has served as a film commissioner and State Foundation on Culture and The Arts commissioner.  As a published author and producer, she brings the breadth of industry expertise necessary to helm the division charged with the development of Hawaii’s creative economy.

Prior to her current post, Skinner’s entrepreneurial passion led to developing two Hawaii based companies;  Skinner Entertainment, with clients in both tourism and entertainment industries and Skinner Communications, public relations firm which was acquired by Hill and Knowlton / Communications Pacific in 1990.  In 1994 Skinner was named Maui County’s first film commissioner increasing the tri-isles capacity for production revenues.

The first woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, Skinner was also the first female sound mixer in network television whose credits include “All in the Family”, “The Jeffersons”, “Hallmark Hall of Fame”, “Soul Train” and a host of music television specials.

Skinner has received the Na Honoapiilani Award, KCET/PBS’ Filmmakers Award and served as Maui commissioner for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She is currently a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Recording Academy.

Her mantra: Making the impossible possible.

Registration Fees

  Early Registration Online
(by October 12)
SMEI Professional Members:  $60
PSE Students:   $60
Introductory Members:   $96
Non-Members:   $120

Regular Registration Online

(after October 12)
SMEI Professional Members:  $65
PSE Students:   $65
Introductory Members:   $104
Non-Members:   $130

At the Door

SMEI Professional Members:  $70
PSE Students:   $70
Introductory Members:   $109
Non-Members:   $135 

*Save $5 by registering early!

Parking:  $8 self parking, $13 valet parking


FIRST: Roasted baby beets, Big Island goat chevre, Sumida Farms watercress, honey balsamic reduction

ENTRÉE: Miso red wine short ribs, ginger kabocha puree, oden vegetables 

VEGETARIAN: Jasmine Tea “PEAS AND CARROTS” risotto, sweet peas, roasted mushrooms, mint oil

DESSERT: Green Tea Matcha Cake, Azuki Haupia Relish

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
NOTE: New location!
Sheraton Hotel & Resort

Mahalo to our Trade Sponsors

    Sheraton Waikiki Resort
    Hawaiian Airlines
    Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group
    Techniques Hawaii
    Ameriprise Financial - Dave Livingston, Financial Advisor
    Hagadone Printing Company

Questions?  Please contact Naomi Kanna, Executive Director at 942-7000 or naomi@smeihonolulu.com for more info on the SMEI Member Options pricing.

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