COVID-19 Webinar: Getting Back to Business, Safely. COVID-19 A Year Later: What have we learned? How do we move forward?


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Name: COVID-19 Webinar: Getting Back to Business, Safely. COVID-19 A Year Later: What have we learned? How do we move forward?
Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM HST
Event Description:
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Email Gina Ho for late registration at

This time last year, the notion of "lockdowns", "stay-at-home orders" and "social distancing" were foreign to most of us. Today they are part of our everyday language as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all aspects of our lives. Locally, nationally and worldwide, the pandemic has dramatically impacted and changed the economy and our healthcare landscape. COVID-19 is an economic crisis, as well as a health crisis.

Join our panel of experts as they review the impact COVID-19 has had on our local and national economy, the most important lessons learned in 2020, and identify essential questions that remain to be answered. 

Discussion will also include stories of how Hawaii businesses have successfully pivoted, forecasted
economic trends, as well as provide perspective on the long-term implications of this pandemic.

Guest Speakers:
  • Sponsor Welcome, David Tumilowicz, Kaiser Permanente 
  • COVID-19 Medical Update, Dr. Deb Friesen, Kaiser Permanente
  • ​National Economic Outlook, Neil Bradley, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Hawaii Economic Outlook, Paul H. Brewbaker, Ph.D., CBE, TZ Economics

David Tumilowicz
Senior Director, Marketing and Advertising
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

David Tumilowicz is Senior Director, Marketing and Advertising for Kaiser Permanente's Hawaii Region since September 2017. Tumilowicz formerly worked as publisher of Hawaii Business and Hawaii magazines, and as vice-president of PacificBasin Communications, Hawaii's largest magazine publishing house. 

Tumilowicz holds his BA in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a MA in Sociology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Dr. Deb Friesen, MD, MBA, FACP

Physician Advisor, Customer Clinical Solutions
National Sales and Account Management
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Deb Friesen is an Internal Medicine physician who trained at the University of Colorado, including a Chief Residency year. She was in private practice for 11 years before joining Kaiser Permanente 14 years ago. As part of the Colorado Permanente Medical group she was on the Board of Directors for 5 years, and was Board Chair for two of those years.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and recently graduated with honors with her MBA through the University of Denver.

Paul H. Brewbaker, Ph.D., CBE
TZ Economics

Paul H. Brewbaker is the principal of TZ Economics, a Hawaii consultancy doing corporate work, development impact analysis, and litigation support. His background is in research on the Hawaii economy and financial risk analytics from a 25-year affiliation with Bank of Hawaii, concluding as its Chief Economist. 

He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii, both in economics. 

He is a member of the American Economic Association, American Finance Association, and the National Association for Business Economics from which he holds a Certified Business Economist designation. Brewbaker is a long-time director of the Hawaii Economic Association.

Neil Bradley
Executive Vice President & Chief Policy Officer
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has spent two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions. At the Chamber, Bradley is responsible for aligning the organization?s overall policy priorities and advocacy efforts. He oversees several major policy divisions within the Chamber: Economic Policy; Employment Policy; Small Business Policy; and Cyber, Intelligence and Security Policy. Health Policy, Transportation Infrastructure Policy and Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Policy are also under his leadership.

Before joining the Chamber, Bradley was president of Chartwell Policy Solutions, LLC, a research, analysis, and advisory firm focused on public policy issues. In addition to his work at Chartwell, he served as chief strategy officer for the nonprofit Conservative Reform Network (CRN), the leading organization supporting the Conservative Reform Movement. There he produced, incubated, and promoted ideas, policies, and efforts to grow the American economy, expand the middle class, and create opportunities for all Americans.

Prior to founding Chartwell and joining CRN in 2015, Bradley spent nearly 20 years working in the House of Representatives, including 11 years working for the House Republican leadership. He served as deputy chief of staff for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) where he developed the legislative agenda for House Republicans, oversaw policy formulation in the leader?s office, and coordinated committee activity in the House. Bradley held the same position for Eric Cantor (VA) during his tenure as majority leader. Previously, he was policy director for House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (MO).

Earlier in his career, Bradley served for four-and-a-half years as executive director of the Republican Study Committee. He also held numerous positions in the office of then-Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

While working on Capitol Hill, Bradley was regularly named to Roll Call?s list of 50 top congressional staffers. Bradley, a graduate of Georgetown University, resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Kiki, and their son, Peter. He is a native of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. 

Can't join us live? No problem! Register to attend and we will send you the recording of the event afterwards!

Mahalo to our sponsor!

Event Sponsors:
  • Kaiser Permanente
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, February 25, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 PM HST
Contact Information:
Gina Ho, Events Consultant
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Email Gina Ho for late registration at
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