Category Archives: Leadership

AAUW Honolulu Participates in Geek Meet!

What do Wonder Woman and stormtroopers from Star Wars’ 501st Legion have in common? They both stopped by AAUW Honolulu’s booth at the 10th annual Geek Meet, held at Magic Island on July 2!

Geek Meet is a meetup organized Ryan Ozawa and Burt Lum, hosts of Hawaii Public Radio‘s Bytemarks Cafe and Hawaii News Now‘s Geek Beat segment. In their own words, “The Hawaii Geek Meet is a fun, casual, family-friendly, grassroots gathering for people who are curious and have a passion that they love to share. And we use a very inclusive, positive definition of the word ‘geek.’ Gadget lovers, coders, designers, makers, artists… and you!”

Hundreds of attendees dressed up as their favorite sci-fi characters, or just came as themselves, and took in the intersection of science fiction and real science.

AAUW Honolulu, with its emphasis in women in STEM education and careers, generated much interest. Many of those who stopped by the booth gave their contact information to be informed of future AAUW Honolulu events.

See you at the next Geek Meet!

Don’t Just Work Hard — Work Smart!

Are you interested in negotiating your salary, navigating pay raises and getting that promotion?

If you are, attend Work Smart, an AAUW program that will help you close the pay gap!

AAUW’s Work Smart program is designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

Fill out the information below, and we’ll keep you updated about this important AAUW Honolulu seminar!

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Wrapup of the Women’s Voter’s Workshop

aauw-voteNow more than ever, it’s important to have women’s voices heard.

AAUW Honolulu, in conjunction with the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, Hawaii Women in Film Making and AF3IRM, hosted a voter’s workshop.

Speakers included Catherine Betts, from the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, State Representative Della Au Belatti, Laurie Field, Hawaii legislative director and public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii and Keanu Young, assistant director at the legislative reference bureau public access room.

Young opened the workshop by explaining the procedure involved in a bill becoming a law under the state’s constitution, as well as resources that are available at the Capitol’s Public Access Room and online.

Betts, Au Belatti and Field spoke in a panel discussion about legislation that affected women and how larger federal issues come into play at the state level.

Field ended the day by sharing how to write and give effective testimony as well as tips from her own experience with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

Women’s Groups Join for Voter Workshop

Now more than ever, it’s important to have women’s voices heard.

AAUW Honolulu, in conjunction with the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, Hawaii Women in Film Making and AF3IRM, hosted a voter’s workshop on Nov. 5.

Speakers included Catherine Betts, from the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, State Representative Della Au Belatti, Laurie Field, Hawaii legislative director and public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii and Keanu Young, assistant director at the legislative reference bureau public access room.

Young opened the workshop by explaining the procedure involved in a bill becoming a law under the state’s constitution, as well as resources that are available at the Capitol’s Public Access Room and online.

Betts, Au Belatti and Field spoke in a panel discussion about legislation that affected women and how larger federal issues come into play at the state level.

Field ended the day by sharing how to write and give effective testimony as well as tips from her own experience with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

Claim Your $25 Discount for Registration to the 9th Waihine Forum!

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Click on the ticket to register; scroll to the bottom to find the special AAUW Honolulu rate!

Click on the ticket to register; scroll to the bottom to find the special AAUW Honolulu rate!

The 9th Waihine Forum is the largest professional development conference for women in Hawaii.

Cultivate effective partnerships and succeed together through a full day of national keynote presentations and workshops featuring local female leaders.

WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2016
WHERE: Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballrooms

Featured Keynote Speaker
Jane Miller
COO and Executive VP of The Gallup Organization

Special Performance by
Kimie Miner
Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner
Accompanied by the La Pietra Choir

Featured Workshops:
Finance for your Future
New Way to Lead
Enhance Your Digital Reputation
Think Globally, Act Locally
Advanced Negotiation
Build a Legacy
Being the Best
Work-life Integration
Creating Change

2016 Speakers
Judy Bishop – Owner, President, Bishop & Company
Coralie Chun Matayoshi – CEO, American Red Cross
Jodie Duvall – AVP & Wealth Advisor, First Hawaiian Bank
Brooke Dominy – Director Wholesale and Corporate Business, Honolulu Cookie Company
Elisia Flores – CFO, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque
Kim Gennaula – Executive Director of Advancement, Iolani Schools
Phyllis Horner – VP Executive Development, Servco Pacific Inc.
Kat Lin Hurtubise – President, Gourmet Events Hawaii
Kathy Inouye – Chief Operating Officer, Kobayashi Group
Meli James – Head of New Ventures, Sultan Ventures
Robbie Melton – Executive Director & CEO, High Technology Development Corp.
Sherry Menor-McNamara – President & Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
Unyong Nakata – Senior Director of Development, Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa
Polly Nelson – Managing Director, Hawaii, DFS Group LP, a division of LVMH
Barbra Pleadwell – Partner, Hastings and Pleadwell
Lisa Rapp – Partner, Architects Hawaii, Ltd.
Mahealani Richardson – Director of Public Relations, Shriners Hospital for Children – Honolulu
Crystal Rose – Creative Business Litigation, Bays Ling Rose Attorneys at Law
Monica Salter – Vice President, Corporate Communications, Outrigger Enterprises Group
Stevette Santiago – Chief Administrative Officer, Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
Yancey Unequivocally – President, Empowered Presentations
Nicole Velasco – Executive Director, Office of Economic Development, City & County of Honolulu
Rosanna Vierra – Account Director, iQ360 Leslie Wilcox – President and CEO, PBS Hawaii
Shelley Wilson – Founder, President & CEO, Wilson Care Group
Cheryl Williams – General Manager, The Royal Hawaiian A Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
Alison Zecha – Owner and President of Alison Zecha, Inc.

All attendees also have an exclusive chance to win two roundtrip tickets, courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

AAUW Honolulu Start Smart Ambassador, Coreen Healani Kuʻulei Dijos: In Her Own Words

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My name is Coreen Healani Kuʻulei Dijos, but I prefer to go by Lei. I was born and raised in Kaneohe and I am a happily married wife with three amazingly, beautiful children.

My hobbies include spending quality time with my family, learning more about the Hawaiian culture (hula, oli, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), moʻolelo (stories), and giving back to the Native Hawaiian community.

I recently received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work this past spring semester and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in behavioral/mental health this upcoming fall 2016 semester.

Pursuing social work as a career has always been a passion of mine because I enjoy helping people who need that motivational support and encouragement to empower themselves and others who need their support and guidance. I would also have to say that becoming a social worker has been a calling for me because situations throughout my life have always occured when some sort of facilitating, counseling, and/or redirecting is needed.

It keeps me grounded to know that I can really make a difference in peopleʻs lives. Itʻs also a very rewarding experience to witness individuals transform and want to help others in return.

I could not have accomplished my educational goals if it were not for the support of my husband, children, and the Native Hawaiian community. There are no words to explain how much gratitude I have for every individual that has made a tremendous impact upon my and my familyʻs life.

I have been extremely blessed to have had most of my educational costs covered by Native Hawaiian grants and scholarships. And this is why my ultimate goal will be to open up my own non-profit organization that will cater to the needs of Native Hawaiian individuals and families. Native Hawaiians are among the most prevalent underrepresented population in Hawaii and it is sad to see people of Hawaii struggling in their own homeland. This is why it is so important for me to help guide, support, and educate my people on how the key to success in life is EDUCATION. Without advanced education, the Native Hawaiian people will continue to struggle and I cannot bear to see any more of my people struggling to make ends meet.

I am so excited to be a part of AAUW as the Student Ambassador for AAUWʻs Honolulu Branch Start Smart program because I believe that it is important for all women to be aware of whatʻs occurring in todayʻs social/economical workforce realm. There are many women in todayʻs workforce who are intimidated by our male counterparts, but that should not be the case. We need to spread awareness to all women by educating them on how women are just as important as men are in todayʻs society by providing them with effective tools/techniques to prepare them for not only the real world, but also the workforce in general.

I am also part of the AAUW-SM student board for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As Secretary for AAUW-SM my main role will entail communicating effectively for the student board, AAUW-SM members, and volunteers.

Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to the AAUW Honolulu Branch for giving me this opportunity to make a difference in many womensʻ lives!

Start Smart Ambassador Needed Now!

StartSmart_logo_VerticalWe are looking for an ambassador to help us find and reach out to potential contacts for our Start Smart program.

Start Smart offers free workshops to college-aged women, including practice with negotiating for a fair salary after graduation. Applicants must be outgoing, professional, and able to reach out to potential workshop hosts via phone and email, and possibly in-person on the UH Manoa campus. Applicants should also be comfortable working with Microsoft Office. Those interested should contact Start Start Coordinator Zakea Boeger at zakea@hawaii.edu. Come join us as we work towards gender pay equity!

AAUW Honolulu Helps Tech Savvy Committee Member and Board Secretary Marisa Willard Reach her Leadership Potential

20160330_171858Marisa Willard is a member of the Tech Savvy committee involved with community partnerships/marketing outreach and the board’s secretary. She recently attended the Personal Pathways Series for aspiring professional women held by author and motivational speaker Gwen Fujie.

Willard was sent to the seminar by AAUW Honolulu, through money set aside for leadership development. Willard found the Personal Pathways Series to be inspiring, saying Fujie provided “wonderful little gems” to help in finding and gaining the courage and confidence to achieve and attain what she wants.

“A quote by Judy Garland that she shared and that really spoke to me is, ‘Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of someone else,'” Willard added.

AAUW Honolulu’s leadership committee identifies training and development opportunities available throughout the community or online. Members may also submit suggestions as to classes, seminars and conferences. Those who participate in a committee, serve on the AAUW Honolulu Branch Board of Directors or serve as a Director of AAUW-SM are eligible to receive financial support to attend these events. Scholarship opportunities are available for member leaders to attend AAUW’s national and Hawaii state convention, and NCCWSL.

Click here for more information, and leadership development opportunities…

Calling All Leaders

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We need you! AAUW Honolulu is working to advance equity for women and girls in Hawaii and we can’t do it alone!

We’re working to help women attend college, build their leadership skills and negotiate for their highest salary. We’re building a pipeline of girls to enter the STEM fields. We’re advocating for change throughout the state. And we’re having fun and making connections!

You can help and build your leadership skills too! Here are a few ways to get involved:

Support a project: want to get involved in a project when you have time? Check out What We Do to learn more about our programs and let us know what interests you and we can help fit you with a project that fits your schedule!

Participate in a committee: committees are the lifeblood of AAUW Honolulu. Without them we couldn’t make an impact. Most committees meet once a month (virtually or in person) and committee members are eligible for leadership development opportunities offered by the branch. Check out our Committees to learn more.

Serve on the Board of Directors: the Board oversees the operations, finances and strategic direction of AAUW Honolulu. The Board meets once a month via video conference. Our next election will be held at the Annual Meeting, April 5, 2016. Click here to let us know you are interested in serving on the Board.

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AAUW Honolulu is committed to supporting the development of our branch leaders. Board members participate in an annual planning retreat. The Leadership Committee identifies training and development opportunities available throughout the community or online. Members who participate in a committee, serve on the AAUW Honolulu Branch Board of Directors or serve as a Director of AAUW-SM are eligible to receive financial support from the branch to attend these events. Scholarship opportunities are available for member leaders to attend AAUW’s national and state convention, and NCCWSL.

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Webinar: Revamp Your Résumé and Cover Letter

Date: February 23, 2016
Time: 8–9 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

You only have a couple seconds to make yourself stand out to recruiters looking at your résumé and cover letter. AAUW wants to help you land the internship or job of your dreams.

You’re invited to attend the Revamp Your Résumé and Cover Letter webinar on Tuesday, February 23, at 3 p.m. HST. You will learn the basics of writing effective and professional résumés and cover letters, as well as tips to make your application stand out. Two experienced professionals will be leading the webinar. Click here for more info and to register.

View other upcoming 2016 Leadership Development events!