Category Archives: Career and Leadership Development Grant Recipient Profiles

Sara Ward

Theatre is Sara Ward’s passion.

From volunteer usher, to child actor wrangler, to line prompter, to set changer, to props designer, to box office ticket sales, to box office manager, to officer manager, and finally to house manager, she’s done almost everything in theater — except acting!

Sara moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1989 and immediately began volunteering as an usher in theatres all around Oahu. In 2002, she worked  at Manoa Valley Theatre as a part-time clerk in the box office.

Over a decade and a half later, Sara’s an Administrative House Manager, in charge of the box office and the business office. She’s received three Po’okela Awards from the Hawaii State Theatre Council for her work: Excellence in Service at MVT in 2004; Masks/Props Design for A Christmas Carol at MVT in 2010; and the Adjudicator Special Award (Props) for Young Frankenstein at MVT in 2012.

The AAUW Honolulu Career and Leadership Development Grant allowed her to attend the INTIX 2019 Texas Conference Program. She was able to to meet with peers from other nonprofit organizations, attend classes and workshops, discover new technology, improve her approach to audience development, enhance her box office and office management skills and — most importantly — learn new ways to include every member of our community in the theatre experience.

“I am very thankful to AAUW Honolulu for making this exciting and wonderful opportunity possible,” she said.

If you’re interested in learning more about AAUW Honolulu’s Career and Leadership Development Grant, and when the applications will be taken, click here!

Tanya Dreizin

Tanya Dreizin is a graduate student working toward her M.A. at Hawaii Pacific University in its Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program, focusing on waste management and sustainability within Oahu’s tourism industry.

She’s an active part of the community, volunteering with The Arch Project, and taking part in a semester-long internship at the Sierra Club. Her passion for sustainability dovetails with her interests in rock climbing, hiking and traveling.

With her grant from AAUW Honolulu, Tanya attended the the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago. The conference brings together leaders from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines, such as sustainability, health, social welfare, diplomacy, and more.

She said, “The opportunity to attend this conference has connected me with multiple leaders who are in the process of starting and funding new organizations that aim to serve communities abroad and at home! I attended plenaries where I learned so much about leadership development, fostering outreach among communities, and how to successfully work with various stakeholders. I was also able to network with professionals, such as the Director of Philosophy of Patagonia and more, which I hope can create potential opportunities in the future!”

If you’re interested in learning more about AAUW Honolulu’s Career and Leadership Development Grant, and when the applications will be taken, click here!

Chelsey Stewart

Chelsey Stewart was recently named campus survivor advocate, based at the Windward and Honolulu Community College campuses, by the Domestic Violence Action Center as part of its Campus Survivor Advocacy Program.

Prior to becoming her position as an advocate, she worked for DVAC as a helpline specialist. She’s worked with the ACLU of Hawaii and Washington states, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Fair Housing Enforcement Program, U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, and the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General’s Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division. She credits those past experiences for her current position with DVAC.

In addition to the skills she gained from work and internships,Chelsey is a proud graduate of Chaminade University of Honolulu (BS Criminology and Criminal Justice ’12, MS Criminal Justice Administration ’15).

Chelsey thanks AAUW Honolulu for the opportunity to use its Career and Leadership Development Grant to attend the 2019 Conference on Crimes Against Women (“CCAW”) in Dallas, Texas next April.

“As an Advocate for college students and faculty that are going through abusive relationships, I am excited to participate in the CCAW’s Campus Safety Summit, which covers the first half of the weeklong conference and focuses on relationship violence prevention and response. I am looking forward to networking and gaining valuable insight to ways I can improve the CSAP program and campus environment for domestic violence victims in Hawaii. Mahalo,” she said.

If you’re interested in learning more about AAUW Honolulu’s Career and Leadership Development Grant, and when the applications will be taken, click here!