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Workshops & Sessions

Morning Workshop Sessions (10:15-11:30 a.m.)

How to Close the Deal: Advanced Negotiations

In sophisticated, high-stake deals, your negotiating skills determine whether you get what you want or settle for what’s offered.  In this workshop, top negotiators will share their insights and experiences, while helping seasoned negotiators broaden their skills and gain confidence.


Moderator:          Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Author of Women Lead: Career
                         Perspectives from Workplace Leaders


Panelists:            Carrie Okinaga, Senior Vice President, Legal and Corporate Services
                         Division at First Hawaiian Bank
Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO, The Chamber of
Commerce of Hawaii
Christine Camp, President & CEO, Avalon Development Company


Ambition is NOT a Dirty Word: Negotiating for You

Women can be perceived negatively and disliked when they act ambitiously instead of communally, and negotiate for themselves rather than accepting what’s offered. If they downplay their achievements to avoid being disliked, they pay a professional penalty. Our panel will share how to advocate for yourself and advance your career without being demonized.


Moderator:          Debra Beresini, Co-Founder and CEO of Invencor


Panelists:            Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, Human Capacity Leader for Pulama
                         Elizabeth Churchill, SVP Sales & Marketing at Aqua Hotels & Resorts
                         Teresa Wong, Vasper Clinical Development


Lean In Circles

We are more creative, more confident and accomplish more in groups. That’s the power of Circles! Lean In Circles are small peer groups that meet regularly to learn and share. Join us as we look to achieve more in Hawaii’s first Lean In Circle, led by Lean In Co-Founder Debi Hemmeter.  For more information, visit


Facilitator:          Debi Hemmeter



Making Your Partner a Real Partner

For most women, when work conflicts with life, work suffers. But if women empower men to run their share of the household, we will see more equal parenting and increased fulfillment for both partners. In this workshop, we’ll explore the many ways women can achieve a healthy work-life balance, starting with making your partner a real partner.


Moderator:          Dana Michiko Gusman, Alexander & Baldwin


Panelists:            Noel Pietsch Shaw, Co-Owner Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Hawaii
                         Stephanie Pietsch Gambetta, Co-Owner Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Hawaii
                         Sherry Campagna, Kamaka Green
                         Marivic Dar, Prudential Financial



Afternoon Workshop Session (2:15-3:30 p.m.)


Women’s Health Research update from Hawaii’s Women In STEM

Careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) allow women to engage in exciting discoveries and innovations, which is true for the wahine faculty at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center. Every day, they conduct research and develop new strategies to fight cancer.  In this workshop, they will update us on their latest advancements in cancers commonly affecting women, and share their experiences as women in STEM.


Moderator:          Roz Makaula, Communications Administrator-Department of
                         Oncology, Queen’s Health Systems


Panelists:            Dr. Pebbles Fagan, Associate Professor and Program Director
                         Prevention and Control University of Hawai`i Cancer Center
                         Dr. Francine Baumann, Associate Professor, University of Hawai`i UH
                         Cancer Center
                         Dr. Lenora WM Loo, Assistant Professor University of Hawai`i Cancer
                         Dr. Lynne Wilkens, University of Hawai`i Cancer Center
                         Dr. Michelle Matter, University of Hawai`i Cancer Center


Pushing Reset: The Adult Life Renewal Model

We begin our adult lives with high energy, passion and drive. But as our careers progress and our personal lives change, we are bound to encounter times when that energy fades. To rediscover the passion, we must re-evaluate our lives and have the courage to push reset. In this workshop, Sarah will walk you through her adult life renewal model and help you make positive changes in your life and career.


Facilitator:          Sarah Smith Orr, Executive Director of the Kravis Leadership
                         Institute (KLI)


Preparing Women for the Board Room

Studies prove, and companies increasingly recognize, the link between gender diversity in the boardroom and better corporate performance. That makes it crucial for women to prepare for boardroom leadership. In this workshop, our panel of seasoned board directors will prepare you for corporate board service by giving you the knowledge, tools and connections to advance and lead.


Moderator:            Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Author of The Board Game: How
                         Smart Women Become Corporate Directors


Panelists:            Deborah Zysman, Executive Director of Good Beginnings Alliance
Crystal Rose
, Partner, Bays Lung Rose & Holma
                         Louise Ing, Partner, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers


Elect Her: Wahine in Leadership

Women lead and legislate differently than men and often more effectively. They’re more likely to collaborate and ensure a win-win decision. Also, women tend to run for office because they want to get something done, not for the pure sport of politics. Join our politically minded wahine as they share why women in Hawaii need to run for office and become more involved in the political process.


Moderator:            Noriko Namiki, Interim CEO, YWCA of Oahu


Panelists:            Nicole Velasco, Secretary of the Neighborhood Commission and 2012
                         Hawaii State House of Representatives candidate
                         Barbara Marumoto, Former Hawaii State Representative
                         Jadine Nielson, Mazie Hirono’s Pineapple Political Action Committee
                         Esther Puakela Kia’aina, First Deputy Director of the DLNR