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State of Hawai’i joins GEW Aloha State for the second time with this event, including a gubernatorial proclamation.


Join us for a special G.E.W edition of the Hawai’i Women in Tech series, featuring a panel of female tech entrepreneurs from Hawai’i who have built their businesses in paradise and scaled them beyond Hawaii’s shores. Tune in to be inspired by their stories and learn from their experiences, challenges and ambitions. In this session, the female technologists brought to you by the Hawaii Women in Tech series will share their advice about working in the technology industry in technical and tech-adjacent roles. For other conversations with Hawaii’s women in technology, visit www.htdc.org/women-in-tech

  • Guest panelists (bio below): Anne-Marie Lerch, Liza Rodewald
  • Guest moderator (bio below): Ellen Ng


  • As a female entrepreneur paving the way in the cyber security services industry, Anne-Marie Lerch is a founding partner of both HI Tech Hui, a Hawai’i based IT and cybersecurity company, and Cyberuptive, Hawaii’s only locally owned 24×7 Security Operations Center. Her passion for business strategy and technology has led her company to become one of the leading, fastest-growing IT support and cyber security companies in Hawai’i. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Lerch has become an industry leader. She specializes in project management for software development projects, and has managed multiple large-scale enterprise software development and Big Data projects. Lerch has previously worked for companies such as Accenture, Microsoft and Zappos (a subsidiary of Amazon) as well as various start-ups.
  • Liza Rodewald is a 4x entrepreneur and software engineer with over 16 years of technical experience. She has built multi-million dollar enterprise software for government and healthcare industries. Her passion for entrepreneurship came from her desire to have a more flexible lifestyle and lead her to advocate and shape the future of work for companies and workers. Liza graduated with honors with a degree in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama. She is in the top 3% of graduates from the Founder Institute, and alumni of the Blue Startups Accelerator named one of the Top 25 SheEO, and a published Forbes author. She is also a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and serves as a mentor for female founders. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Instant Teams, a remote-first, tech-enabled solution building high-quality customer support and operational teams. Our remote teams are built with military spouses and underserved talent communities enabling 24/7 support around the globe.


  • Ellen Ng is the Economic Development Specialist at the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC). She leads the E-Commerce & Digital Marketing Program for Manufacturers program and the Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Her experience spans across roles in strategic planning, business development, go-to-market execution as well as e-commerce and digital marketing. Ellen has worked for a myriad of sizes and industries, including large technology companies such as LG and Samsung to small-medium retailers. She is also passionate about tech entrepreneurship, having served in operational roles for an accelerator and health tech startup. Her global career includes working stints in Seoul, Silicon Valley, New Delhi and Singapore.


  • State of Hawai’i – Office of the Governor David Y. Ige
  • County of Hawai’i – Office of the Mayor Mitchell D. Roth
  • City and County of Honolulu – Office of the Mayor Rick Blangiardi
  • County of Kaua’i – Office of the Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami
  • County of Maui – Office of the Mayor Michael P. Victorino
  • HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union (HawaiiUSA FCU)
  • Entrepreneurs SANDBOX
  • Pacific Gateway Center
  • RJK LLC (Richard Kehoe, MBA, CPA)
  • Hāna Community Association
  • Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO)
  • Pacific Business News (PBN)
  • Hawai’i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)
  • Office of Economic Revitalization (OER) of the City and County of Honolulu
  • Kūpa’a Kaua’i
  • Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC)
  • Hawai’i Small Business Development Center (HI SBDC)
  • Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week (G.E.W)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
  • Grants Central Station (GCS)
  • Kauaʻi Community College
  • Rice Street Business Association
  • Lady Entrepreneurs and Innovators L.E.I.
  • Kauaʻi Filipino Chamber of Commerce
  • Kauaʻi Chamber of Commerce
  • Kauaʻi Economic Development Board (KEDB)
  • Technology Readiness User Evaluation (TRUE)

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