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Debi Hemmeter is the Co-Founder of Debi has over 20 years of experience within the private sector with four Fortune 50 companies.  Debi began her career at PepsiCo and Sara Lee in sales and marketing.  After close to 10 years in the consumer products segment she was recruited to Wells Fargo Bank.  There she specialized in retail banking strategy, marketing Read more →


Area Vice President, Americas Channels, Lisa Graham leads channel sales for Adobe’s Distribution and  Reseller segments in the US, Canada, and Latin America.

Lisa’s strong record of success in building and maintaining deep partnerships with many of Adobe’s largest channel partners, including CDW, SHI, Insight, and Dell, has Read more →


Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Media X program and a former Silicon Valley executive who has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco Systems, and the Apollo Group. Read more →

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Author of “The Board Game–How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors”
Betsy is president and co-founder of Berkhemer Clayton Inc., retained executive search firm headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, specializing in senior level searches in communications and marketing, investor relation, finance, and Read more →


Debra Beresini is an experienced manager, investor and entrepreneur. In 1997, she co-founded invencor, inc., based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has since served as its CEO.  invencor manages debt and equity funds, helps emerging companies develop their growth strategies and works with lending institutions that focus on emerging companies. Read more →

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Sarah Smith Orr is the Executive Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI) and visiting professor in the Psychology Department at Claremont McKenna College where she teaches Foundations of Leadership and Leading Social Entrepreneurial Ventures. She is also a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Kravis Leadership Institute. Read more →

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Roz Makaula is a communication professional with 13 years of experience in the industry. Ms. Makaula honed her skills in radio and print as a producer, journalist and columnist, and in television at the network level. Currently, she is press secretary for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. Ms. Makaula is the former communication administrator for The Queen’s Medical Center’s Read more →

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Deborah Zysman is the Executive Director of Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA), Hawaii’s leading children’s policy and advocacy non-profit. Under her direction this past year, GBA coordinated the “Be My Voice Hawaii” campaign advocating for preschool for all 4 year olds in Hawaii and securing over $6M to launch the state’s first school readiness program.  Previously, Read more →


Crystal Rose is one of Hawaii’s most accomplished and creative business litigation attorneys. Ms. Rose’s cases over the past two decades have helped shape the face of Hawaii business, transforming among others the state’s largest private landowner and the state’s banking industry. Read more →


Nicole A. Velasco is a kama’aina of Honolulu, Hawaii. She serves as the Executive Secretary of the Neighborhood Commission and is the youngest appointed Cabinet member of the Caldwell Administration. Read more →


Kimberly Miyazawa Frank is charged with building the human capacity of Pūlama Lāna‘i and engaging the community to realize Larry Ellison’s vision of making the island of Lāna‘i sustainable. Specifically, her role encompasses development of the strategies to redesign the island’s healthcare and education systems, and build the capacity of the non-profits and small Read more →


Barbara Marumoto-Coons served as a member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 1978 to 2012 representing the Kaimuki, Kahala, Waialae area. She recently retired, and has been honored by a number of community and advocacy groups for her service. Read more →


Christine Camp is the founder, president and CEO of Avalon Group, a Hawaii-based real estate development and consulting firm. Camp formed Avalon Group in 1999 after serving as vice president of A&B Properties. She has also worked as senior project coordinator for planning and engineering at Castle & Cook Properties and vice president of RK Development.

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Since joining Aqua Hospitality in 2005, Beth has been instrumental in growing the company’s collection of hotels from five when she started, to the current 24 properties across all six major visitor islands. In addition to devising all brand standards and guest services initiatives, Beth’s responsibilities include oversight of all top line revenue generating divisions: Sales, Online Read more →


Dr. Baumann pursues research opportunities in malignant mesothelioma as an Assistant Professor and member of the Cancer Epidemiology Program. Her research focus is in malignant mesothelioma environmental clusters, carcinogenic fibers in the natural environment, ways of exposure to these fibers, and risk and protective factors, including genetic predisposition. Collaborations will be developed with the Hawaii Tumor Registry and its affiliate hospital registries and other state cancer registries including the North Dakota Tumor Registry and the Nevada Central Cancer Registry. Other collaborations will also be pursued with scientists from diverse disciplines and with government agencies to conduct research in the field, and to use appropriate statistical methods for the analysis of a rare disease and of environmental data.

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Dr. Lenora Loo is an Assistant Professor at the UH Cancer Center in the Epidemiology Program. She was born and raised in Hawaii. Lenora received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and then obtained her PhD in Genetics from the University of Hawaii. Read more →


Noriko Namiki is interim Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of O‘ahu. She has been serving in that position since February, 2013 overseeing the facilities and the operations of three YWCA locations on O‘ahu. Read more →


Dr. Fagan is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu. She provides scientific and administrative leadership to the program including the mentoring of faculty members and student trainees. Read more →


Sisters and partners, Stephanie Gambetta and Noel Pietsch Shaw co-own and operate the Wahoo’s Fish Taco franchise for the State of Hawaii. Since their inaugural store opened on Ward Avenue in 2006, Wahoo’s Hawaii has consistently ranked as one of the top grossing franchises and stores for Wahoo’s Fish Tacos across the Nation. Read more →


Teresa Wong has been deeply involved in the technology industry and instrumental in helping launch two successful hi tech startup companies in Silicon Valley, one of which went public.  She was subsequently recruited to Hawaii as vice president of operations in 2006 to launch Cardax Pharmaceuticals, a biotech startup based in Aiea.   Read more →

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Sherry Menor-McNamara was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii on September 1, 2013. She previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. She joined the Chamber as Director of Business Advocacy in 2006 and was promoted to Vice President of Business Advocacy and Government Affairs in 2007.

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Marivic Dar

Marivic Dar is a financial professional, managing financial services in Honolulu. Dar started her professional career in government service at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. She ranked first in the Foreign Affairs Officer examination and was appointed Vice Consul in charge of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Desk. Dar began her career in finance after relocating to Hawaii in the early 1990s.

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Esther Kiaaina

Esther Kia’aina is currently First Deputy Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, an agency which oversees 1.3 million acres of public lands and near shore ocean resources in the State of Hawaii.

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“The better you know the community, the more you can help your client,” says Louise Ing, “We learn our clients’ business then go out and build relationships and networks that are relevant to them.” Ing’s litigation and dispute resolution practice covers areas of law that impact businesses and businesspeople on a daily basis, including contracts, commercial transactions, leases, employment, real estate, creditor’s rights and bankruptcy law, proprietary information, non-competition and confidentiality agreements and intellectual property.


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Dana M. Gusman is in the Government & Community Relations Department of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.  Ms. Gusman was formerly a government and public affairs advisor at Watanabe Ing LLP as well as an appointee to the Hawaii State Department of Transportation. Her previous experience also includes marketing, public relations and tenant liaison positions with Victoria Ward, Limited and General Growth Properties.

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