Annabel Chotzen

Annabel Chotzen

  • Holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University
  • Adjunct Professor at UH, Chaminade and Hawaii Pacific University in Business Communications
  • Award winning public speaker

Travels from Oahu, Hawaii

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Annabel Chotzen motivates us with her passion and rejuvenates us with her humor. She empowers us to achieve our goals and then surpass them!

Like her Hawaiian homeland, Annabel’s strong, yet gentle spirit is irresistible. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Her smile is radiant. She inspires people to believe in themselves.

For more than 15 years Annabel has motivated thousands of people throughout America to meet their challenges, to rise above their limitations, and to create transformation in their lives.

Rather than just lecture to her audience, Annabel involves the audience and deeply connects with them. Hands-on experiential exercises reinforce the message. In addition, a beautiful multimedia presentation increases learning effectiveness and retention by stimulating the senses of sight, sound and touch.

Having worked for corporations, government and entrepreneurs, Annabel understands the challenges of a broad range of organizations and people. Since every organization is unique and has different needs, each presentation is customized specifically for your group.

An award-winning public speaker, Annabel’s unforgettable events are the perfect blend of depth and substance, humor and inspiration. Her ideas are easy to understand, easy to implement and loaded with long-term value.

Using examples from her own life, Annabel will teach your group how to rise above impossible odds, achieve your goals and then discover that a much higher level of fulfillment has been attained.

Hawaii, Annabel’s home, is a place of extraordinary beauty and gentleness. The presentations impart a deep sense of awakening to the beauty, power and courage within.

Whether your event is in Hawaii or another location, Annabel gives you the true spirit of Aloha.


Living Life with Aloha

Living your Life with Aloha is the perfect presentation to make your convention, conference or meeting in Hawaii an extraordinary event.You have heard about Hawaii’s “Aloha Spirit,” but what is it exactly? In the Hawaiian language, “Aloha“means love, compassion, sympathy, kindness or grace. But what is the real significance and meaning behind the word? In this dynamic presentation, Annabel speaks to the deeper importance of Aloha and shows how living your life by the principles contained in this one word can be the key to happiness and fulfillment.Having lived and worked in Hawaii for most of her life, Annabel has a deep respect and understanding of the Aloha Spirit. In this inspiring presentation she shares the wisdom and knowledge contained in Hawaiian history, culture and traditions. Stories from old Hawaii illustrate the essential principles of Aloha and show you the way to overcome your challenges, embrace change, and achieve your goals. Aloha is much more than a greeting — it is a way of life. Living Life with Aloha is a one-of-a-kind presentation that will give you all you need to know to live a life of peace, happiness and success.

 Putting Your Dreams to Work

In this life-changing motivational presentation, Annabel takes you on a journey of achieving your most heart-felt goals and dreams. Annabel’s powerful true-life stories are interwoven in a tapestry of success principles and the Hawaiian spiritual concepts she presents help you visualize, energize and reach for what you want most in your life. Annabel will inspire you to discover your most important dream and then show you how to commit to it with a sense of urgency, take action, persevere through challenging times and focus on the final result. At the dramatic conclusion to Put Your Dreams to Work, Annabel presents her signature Kukui Nut Celebration. Annabel’s intimate connection with Hawaii inspired her to bring forth this unique and powerful celebration. The Kukui Nut is a symbol of light, enlightenment, hope and renewal. Each participant receives their own personal Kukui Nut, a gift from Hawaii, to take home with them. During the celebration, participants renew their goals, dreams and life vision. The Kukui Nut then becomes a focal point of belief and commitment. Lives are changed and results are achieved.

Handling Change in Challenging Times

Whether it is change in your organization, your job, a relationship, or your health, major transitions are difficult for everyone. Do you collapse under pressure or do you relish the opportunity for growth? Your attitude, perspective and actions make all the difference. When change happens suddenly, it’s like a volcano erupting — the turmoil disrupts everything. The lava eventually cools but we can become stuck and not able to move forward with our life. Annabel will show you how to see the positive benefits of change and how to turn the disruption and pain into new opportunities and a new life. She will teach you how to see what’s good about change and how to create options and solutions. You will be able to see things differently, start fresh and move from tragedy to triumph. When you have mastered the skills to effectively deal with professional and personal change, you will be more adaptable, more resilient and achieve even greater results in your life.


“I had the great fortune to hire Annabel Chotzen to provide a keynote presentation to the Geoprofessional Business Association’s conference in Hawai’i. Even better, I was able to attend the presentation and learn about the rich history and culture of the Hawaiian people.

Her presentation was informative and inspiring and her passion for Hawaii poured out to all in attendance. Annabel challenged us to focus our lives and grow personally and professionally by weaving a compelling story and prompting action through her gift of Kukui nuts.

I highly recommend Annabel Chotzen to anyone who is planning a conference or a meeting in Hawaii and I recommend her to anyone that wants to add the Aloha Spirit to their conference beyond Hawaii.” Joel G. Carson, Senior Vice President, Kleinfelder Inc.

“The Aloha spirit that resonates within Annabel is contagious.” Cheryl Caleca, Director Human Resources Tom Ryan Distributing Company



“Great session, very positive! Annabel taught us how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our workforce. I learned how to embrace my own dreams and those of others.” Matt Fortier, President, Fidelity National Title & Escrow of Hawaii

“Annabel presented great workshops that focused on the specific areas that we can immediately use to improve our business and be more successful.” Douglas Lee, President, American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawaii

“Your presentation was extremely well received by our delegates and generated great comments. Your warmth coupled with your compelling stories and obvious passion for life gave our delegates a greater understanding of the images and thoughts that touch their lives on a daily basis. Your ability to relate shared experiences in an inspirational manner was a brilliant way to strengthen our convention. Thank you for a job well done. I know that all of our members will remember their time in Hawaii and your presentation has guaranteed a greater business future for all of our delegates.” Wayne Wood, General Manager, Schwarzkopf Australia & New Zealand

“We were greatly impressed, and remain so, by your presentation. You have helped us adjust to the ongoing changes in our company with an improved perspective. With high regard and personal thanks for sharing your experience and valuable insights.” Carl Hebenstreit, President, Trade Publishing Company

“I’d like to thank you for a fantastic day of training. All the managers gave positive feedback as to the material presented and your creative interaction with the group that allowed them to participate. Our company will reap the benefits of investing in this one day event.” Dale Hastie, Vice President, Corporate Development Title Guaranty of Hawaii, Inc.

“Annabel’s presentation was outstanding! I was very impressed with the information I received about behavioral styles because it is at the core of being a successful doctor. She did an exceptionally great job of teaching us how to excel as communicators to improve the quality of our practices and all areas of our lives.” Dr. Leonard Breda, National Dental Association

“Of all the speakers I have heard, Annabel Chotzen was the best ever!!! I loved every minute of it. I can use this information at work and at home to better myself.” Noreen Koki, Escrow Officer, Fidelity National Title and Escrow of Hawaii

“Your talk was very well received by all and the feedback was nothing less than spectacular.” Dr. Chris Travis, Pacific Coast Society for Prosthondontists

“Great presentation. Energized and powerful speaker!” Michael Correa, Market Claims Manager, Allstate Insurance Co.

“It was a wonderful experience having you speak to us. You provided a wealth of information. All of the information provided can be included in my work environment and personal life. I liked how you described the different generations and how they handle change. As a Director, I needed to know this. Thank you very much!” Madeline Chang, Director of Housekeeping, Resort Quest Waikiki

“Fabulous presentation! We loved Annabel’s dynamic seminar and her creativity in promoting one’s thought processes to include excitement and anticipation for change and the belief that dreams are worth working for!!” Wayne Mininger, Executive Vice President, National Onion Association

“Mahalo nui loa for sharing your energy, enthusiasm and expertise at our NOVL conference. You were fantastic and we were all inspired and motivated to apply what we’ve learned from your presentation. Thank you again for being such a wonderful workshop presenter.” The Network of Volunteer Leaders Executive Council

“Great Speaker—Mahalo! Great Story-Teller, Heartwarming! I will recommend you for future engagements.” Stephen Peters, Market Distribution Leader, Allstate Insurance Co.“ Excellent Presentation.

“Gives you hope for your dreams. Annabel was great!” Carolyn Damont, California Independent Grocers Association

“Great job. Your presentation made me really think about change and how I need to better adapt to it! I learned how to interact with people who have different personalities. I loved the group interaction.” Lisa H. Franzia, Special Events Director, Classic Wines of California

“Excellent Presentation. Great group involvement. I learned how to be a better listener and understand people.” Richard Kritsky, C&S Wholesale Grocers

“What an enlightening presentation! Your demonstration of communicating with different personalities was very informative. I feel that each and every one of us will take something from your presentation to improve our work environment and our home life. Thank you!” Lynne Kipi, Clerical Supervisor, U.S. Probation Office

“Annabel Chotzen is a great speaker, trainer, coach and educator.” Willie E. Jones, Toastmaster World Champion

“After twenty years and thousands of dollars spent to learn more about myself and how to live a fulfilling life, I found Annabel Chotzen. Her message was so simple, truthful, and to the point. The impact was greater than any other seminar.” Diane Lobre, Marketing Specialist

“From your presentation, I gained insights into more effective communication. I learned a lot that I will immediately apply in my life. Thank you!” Michael Barkin, President, Advanced Die Supplies

“All of the ideas and thoughts really rang true for me. I can immediately apply everything in my life.” Donna Spagnola, President, Central Beverage “Excellent presentation.

“Very meaningful. The sales techniques were very useful.” Renny Pang, Agent, Allstate Insurance Co.

“I loved the clear, enthusiastic, informational presentation. I received great information and facts. Now I have a realization of the tremendous diversity of the generations and how to reach each person.” Gerald B. Powers, Co-President, Powers Distributing Company, Inc.

“You projected a wonderful aura of sincerity that grabbed your audience and kept their attention riveted on you and your message. It is unique; it is a quality that many speakers lack; it is probably the most important reason I want to hear more of your speeches.” Robert. E. Will, Lt. Col., United States Air Force, ret.

“Excellent content…Really a heart grabber! All the right ingredients.  Deep, personal meaning all can relate to.” Karen Bauder, Health Plan Consultant

“You gave a wonderful presentation. I love how you speak with passion and conviction. I will reaffirm these beliefs every day.” Robert Fodrox, Sales Manager, Lakeshore Beverage

“Valuable ideas for transforming and improving my work and my life. Great examples to illustrate important points. Practical, pragmatic suggestions.” Kevin B. Carey, Technical Director, Die Info, Inc.

“Annabel is a natural at reaching her audience. Her talks are informative. She takes the complex and makes it ‘real’ with sincere and engaging warmth. What could be more important in this era of information overload?” Pam Warnken, Vice-President, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

“Her gifted interpretation of life’s experiences adds to the mastery that she demonstrates as a speaker. Often at the end of her speeches, I have that silent moment to reflect, and I say to myself, yes Annabel, that is so true. Thank you for sharing yourself with me…a powerful inspirational speaker.” Warren C.W. Chee, Educator

“Ms. Chotzen presented many great ideas which we had not thought of before. The workshop helped to determine effective ways to handle different types of people.” Matthew Fernandes, Platoon Leader, U.S. Army

“It was a great presentation. The staff talked about how good you were and how much they enjoyed it.” Fran DeMattos, Director, L. Robert Allen Monstssori Center

“Great job! Very useful information which I can take with me. I can immediately apply what I learned in dealing with different personalities and communicating better with my family.” Dan Johnson, Customer Service Manager, Jonco Die Company, Inc.

“You have a beautiful message. People need to hear what you have to say.” Nick Della Valle, The Self-Esteem Team

“The presentation was great. People opened up. I learned how to take steps forward and involve others in the process.” Leo Laskowski, President, Barcus and Company, Inc.

“Annabel’s motivational speech to our military youth during our 2014 Youth Leadership Summit was refreshing and very insightful. Annabel was the only presenter throughout the week who received an overall score of 5 out of a possible 5 from all youth in attendance.

After the event many youth shared that their perspectives were changed significantly, and that Annabel had helped them to not only address the challenges they were facing, but to encourage their peers to do the same.” Travis Mckinney Youth Services Specialist 9th Mission Support Command, Ft. Shafter. Honolulu, Hawaii