Category Archives: Leadership

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Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Location: Elizabeth Fuller Hall – YWCA of O’ahu,
1040 Richards Street

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 this event. Click here for questions on financial support branch leaders.




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Don’t let students graduate to a pay gap:

$tart $mart Ambassadors needed for UH Manoa outreach

Focusing their efforts on the UH Manoa campus, $tart $mart Ambassadors work to identify possible hosts for $tart $mart. Potential workshop hosts include professors, student service offices, and campus organizations. Ambassadors reach out to potential hosts to promote $tart $mart and encourage hosts to sponsor a workshop. Once hosts have expressed interest in sponsoring a workshop, ambassadors connect hosts with the $tart $m art Coordinator (AAUW – Honolulu Branch member Zakea Boeger) to begin planning workshops.Pay Gap Chart

$tart $mart workshops appeal to a variety of potential hosts, especially as they teach students budgeting, benchmarking, and negotiation skills. The responsibilities of workshop hosts are fairly minimal and straightforward. Workshop hosts are responsible for advertising $tart $mart to students and recruiting student participants (Sample advertising materials are available). Hosts must also provide a meeting space and print copies of the $tart $mart workbook for all workshop participants. The workshop lasts approximately 2 hours, but can easily broken up into 2-3 segments (such as over multiple class periods) if the host prefers. College Pay Gap Chart

Workshops like $tart $mart are essential to narrowing the gender pay gap.  AAUW’s 2012 research Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation investigates earning differentials between full-time male and female college graduates one year after graduation. Graduating to a Pay Gap showed that young women earned less than male colleagues, even when they majored in the same field and worked the same number of hours in the same or similar occupations. Not only does this contribute to the existing gender pay gap, young women earning less may also face greater difficulty paying back student loans. Through recruiting workshop hosts, $tart $mart Ambassadors are critical to combating the gender pay gap before it gets a chance to start!

Does the gender pay gap have you feeling fired up? Have some potential $tart $mart hosts in mind? Suggestions for potential workshops hosts at UH Manoa are welcomed and encouraged! Those with host ideas or who are interested in serving as $tart $mart Ambassadors can contact Zakea Boeger, $tart $mart Coordinator, at

Engagement Team

First Monday of the month, noon to 1 pm. We typically meet in person once a quarter and conduct the other monthly meetings via teleconference. RSVP below for committee meeting details.

1888 Kalakaua Ave, Suite 312
Honolulu, HI 96815

Parking information:
Parking is located on the Ala Wai side of the building.  If driving, we recommend coming down (makai) McCully and then turning right on Ala Wai Blvd.  The parking is on the left hand side and is marked “Landmark Shops Parking” (not guest and resident parking with roll down gate). We can validate your parking. Validated parking is 50 cents per half hour, payable with credit card only on exit. One last tip to finding the office – follow signs AWAY from suite 311 – weird but true!

Click here to learn more about the leadership committee.

All members and the public are invited to attend if you are interested in the committee  work. Contact the committee chair for more information or RSVP below if you are planning to attend and aren’t on the committee email list.

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Calling AAUW Start Smart Now Supporters: Workshop Recruiters Needed!

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Joanna Amberger, AAUW Honolulu Branch President, facilitates a $tart $mart workshop at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Career Center.

Female graduates entering today’s workforce can expect to get fewer job offers, fewer promotions and get paid twenty-three percent less than their male counterparts. Less opportunity, fewer top jobs and less pay are financial realities our college graduates face as they enter the workforce.

AAUW Honolulu’s Start Smart Now workshops are addressing this inequity. On November 5th, AAUW-Honolulu partnered with the UH Manoa Career Center for a Start Smart Now workshop. Honolulu Branch President Joanna Amberger facilitated the program, engaging a room filled with students eager to learn, among other things:

  • How to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience
  • How to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary, and
  • How to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers

For continued program success, AAUW Honolulu needs volunteers to serve as Start Smart Now recruiters. Recruiters will help promote the program on the UH Manoa Campus, seeking out professors, campus organizations, and student service offices who might be interested in hosting Start Smart Now workshops. Our recruiters are essential to expanding and continuing the Start Smart Now series. Be a part of this valuable, local program.

Those interested in learning more about recruiting for the program can contact Start Smart Now Coordinator Zakea Boeger at

Let’s Change Hawaii for the Better!

AAUW is about mobilizing for social change, and it is exciting that Honolulu Branch is developing an Advocacy Committee to be part of this national activist movement. Public policy events are important for Branch viability as well as being the best way to diminish gender inequities in Hawaii. Policy action builds AAUW visibility on Oahu, increasing the organization’s appeal for women, resulting in membership growth, key for the long-term survival of our Branch.

Become part of the Advocacy Committee, and determine the public policy direction and events for fall 2015. It is essential to get the Committee structure up and running in time for an action-focused spring legislative session. The Committee is about organizing what will happen, and then locating allies to help make it happen. The goal is to make activism fun and rewarding, and to involve many people, each doing a piece of the whole, so the Committee is self-sustaining, without burning out the core membership.

During the fall, we will also educate ourselves about different aspects of activism, with the assistance of the excellent AAUW national website, which I encourage everyone to explore, and we will spread our knowledge to the Branch as a whole. Building branch capacity will mean that we are able to spring into effective action with the start of the legislative session in January 2016.

Join the Advocacy Committee by contacting Susan Wurtzburg, and providing your preferred e-mail and phone contacts. A meeting is being planned for early September, and a prompt email to Sue will mean that you are involved in planning the date and time.

Half the Rainbow: 2014 AAUW Hawaii State Convention

Half the Rainbow was the theme for AAUW-Hawaii’s state convention held April 25-27th in Honolulu. Hosts Windward Oahu planned a wonderful gathering which was attended by 56 members representing all seven branches. On Saturday, Dr. Susan Wurtzburg spoke about domestic violence; AAUW Director Charmen Goehring provided a report from national about research and advocacy; Leadership Chair Janet Morse led a session directed at avoiding leadership burn-out; and the day ended with a Pau Hana (Happy Hour) at the Mai Tai Bar.

On Sunday, Dr. Nancie Caraway, First Lady of Hawaii, spoke about human trafficking at the Installation Brunch. Joanna Amberger was thanked for her 2 years as co-president, and Jamie Pardau was installed as president for 2014-2016.

Many thanks to Gretchen Gould, Convention Chair, and Sherry Butler, Windward Oahu president. And a special thanks to Jacquie Maly, Hospitality Chair, who led the proceedings with humor and efficiency! She even had a challenging project for the women to work on at the final session. It was a week-end of inspiration, education, and fun with old and new friends.

University of Hawaii at Manoa and AAUW Honolulu Branch Selected as Elect Her Training Sites

Elect Her logoWe are pleased to announce that the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in conjunction with AAUW Honolulu Branch was elected as one of a new training sites for 2013-2014 for the Elect Her Program offered as a partnership between Running Start and AAUW!

Elect Her

Elect Her–Campus Women Win encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, Elect Her recognizes the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap.

Why Student Government?

Women hold only a small fraction of elected offices in the United States. Getting women engaged in politics and elected to office earlier in life is the key to strengthening and increasing women’s representation in government. An important part of encouraging young women to step up and lead starts with participation in student government. With an earlier start in politics, women climb higher on the leadership ladder, opening the way for more women share the decision-making power of this country.

What Does an Elect Her Training Look Like?

Elect Her is a one-day, 4.5-hour training. Campus administrators, students, and local AAUW members collaborate with AAUW and Running Start staff to plan the trainings each year.