Erin has a keen eye for detail and numbers. Lori is a Strategic planning phenom-Lucky Us!
We are excited! Two exceptional MBA students from the MGT 650 class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business chose to work with us and share their skills, expertise, and young talent with the MemoriesConnect team.
Erin Wong is working on a Master of Accounting Degree, intending to graduate May 2020.
She’s attracted to working with a start-up explaining, “As a career I don’t think I’m going to work in a start-up, but I’m interested in what happens in one.”
Erin says, “I’m interested in seeing how a startup progresses (at this stage) and most importantly, how can I help this start-up business? And what can I learn from this experience?”
Along with her MBA studies, Erin works for the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and assists with organizing and managing events that provide entrepreneurial experiences to students. She’s also active with the UH Accounting club and the Moanalua High School Marching Band providing guidance to student leaders.
When choosing a group project for the class she said MemoriesConnect’s mission to help seniors spoke to her experience with her family. She explains that her family and her Auntie’s family divide spending their time with her dear grandma. Erin says that she’s not sure if her grandma has dementia, but she is beginning to forget things. She says that her grandma repeats, “Where am I?” and “Where is so and so? And gets names confused.” The MemorC app may be something that can benefit her own grandma one day.
Lori Yamashita is a Candidate for Master of Business Administration and is expected to graduate in May 2020. She attended Carnegie Mellon University obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Decision Science and is active in the Shidler Graduate Women in Business serving as Vice President of Finance.
Lori’s strength lies in the combination of her financial analysis and IT/programming knowledge to support decision making. Lori worked as a Financial Planning Analyst for the entire Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu Campus. Her highly skilled strategic expertise will definitely benefit the MemoriesConnect team going forward.
Lori says, “I chose to work with “MemoriesConnect because of 2 parts.”
“It was an opportunity to work with a start-up and that’s something I’ve never done before. I wanted to experience the environment of what a startup is about.”
“Second, the product and service created is beneficial and will help many people with memory problems.” She continues enthusiastically, “It’s exciting to be part of this experience.”
Lori explains, “It brings back a memory when my grandma would take us on family trips. My grandma loved to travel and share her love of travel with the family. She liked to have the trips be educational and fun and I remember fondly of travelling to Japan with her, my brother and two cousins. She took us on an extensive visit to Japan one year. My grandma made sure that we saw meaningful sights and we met distant relatives. (The trip) was some 20 years ago when I was a kid.”
Lori adds, “My grandma passed away when I was in middle school. Because of her, I love to travel, and I remember fondly her willingness to share her love of travel with her family.”
What is their final project in December?
They will present a proposed Strategic Business Plan for MemoriesConnect and the MemorC app, including industry overview, Competitive Analysis, Sales and Marketing, Operations and Investment Strategy/Finance.