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Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa in 1981, and is the fourth of five children. At the age of two, Tulsi and her family settled in Hawai’i where as a teenager, she co-founded the Healthy Hawai’i Coalition, a non-profit organization that teaches children to take care of themselves and the environment. Read more →


Emily is a consultant with Triad Consulting. For almost two decades, Emily has specialized in teaching negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and communication skills. She focuses on helping clients break through impasse, collaborate across functions, and build stronger relationships.
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Ann Harakawa is Principal at Two Twelve. Known for creating logical and perfectly executed wayfinding strategies, master plans and environmental graphics, Ann Harakawa and Two Twelve have guided millions of people throughout New York City and the United States. Ann is a graduate of the Punahou School in Hawai’i, earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA in graphic design from Yale University. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to work in Japan before she began her professional design career in New York.
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Innovative CIO at SC Johnson successful at transforming and managing global business process engineering + technology divisions, creating and sustaining measurable value for the enterprise.
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PATRICE TANAKA – Co-founder, Chief Counselor and Creative Strategist, PadillaCRT


Patrice co-founded her third PR & marketing agency, PadillaCRT, on September 1, 2013. In so doing, she and her former partners at CRT/tanaka created with Padilla Speer Beardsley the “largest, employee-owned PR agency,” rankingamong the “top 15 independent PR agencies” in America.
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Ann Ardizzone is Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management at Alaska Airlines. A 30-year veteran of Alaska Airlines, Ann Ardizzone holds responsibility for Supply Chain including procurement, sourcing and contract management. She is also responsible for Risk Management, overseeing insurance requirements for airline hull, spare and comprehensive liability.
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Joanne Arizumi has over 31 years of financial industry experience and is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of First Hawaiian Bank’s Main Banking Center. She oversees the branch’s daily operations and leads a team of business bankers responsible for business development and strategic direction in creating customized solutions to help customers achieve their financial goals.
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Cherie is a leader in the higher education sector, and has been working at universities both on the mainland and locally for nearly 25 years. Born and raised on Oahu, Cherie graduated from Kamehameha Schools and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Bus Administration from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California. She began her career in college admissions counseling as a student worker in 1990, and subsequently worked as an admissions counselor at her alma mater, covering territory including California, Hawaii and Guam.
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Valerie Au is the Worksite Wellness Program Manager at UHA Health Insurance. Valerie joined UHA Health Insurance in December 2009 and is responsible for development and implementation of worksite wellness solutions for Hawaii employer groups. She also oversees the Hawai`i Health at Work Alliance LLC (HH@WA), a UHA subsidiary. Read more →


Dr. Berry is a scholar of national and international standing in the area of child welfare, and became director of the Center on the Family in September, 2013. She has served as the director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia; director of the Office of Child Welfare Research and Development at the University of Kansas; and co‐founder and director of the Center for Child Welfare at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Owner & Designer, [ki•ele] jewelry


Marylea Conrad is the Australian born owner and designer of [ki•ele] jewelry. [ki•ele] jewelry, named after Conrad’s youngest daughter and Hawaiian for gardenia, is island inspired jewelry handmade in Hawaii. Five years into the business, Conrad continues to strive to infuse her design roots into this growing brand that aims to balance the organic elements of the beach with inorganic materials. Read more →


Tanna Dang is the owner of The Wedding Cafe, Eden in Love Boutique and Fred+Kate Events. With three fast growing companies under her belt, Tanna’s true inspiration lies in social entrepreneurship and teaching others how to have a business and life they love. Through the power of retail, Tanna was able to develop Divas Doing Good, the philanthropic arm of the company, which allows her to contribute back to the community.


Sarah Guay is Director of Talent Management at ProService Hawaii, the state’s largest Professional Employer Organization. With nearly 15 years of training and organizational development experience under her belt, Ms. Guay leads the development, recruitment, retention and engagement efforts of the organization.
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Meli is a serial entrepreneur with leading experience in mobile apps, web-based products and community building. Born and raised in Honolulu, Meli lived in Silicon Valley for over 10 years, where she co-founded and contributed to numerous start-ups in the Bay Area and Honolulu, including Nirvino – #1 ranked wine app, an Apple Platform Top 100 App, & Top Ten Lifestyles App. Read more →


Amy Kunz is the Assistant Superintendent & Chief Financial Officer at the Office of Fiscal Services as well as Acting Assistant Superintendent at the Office of Human Resources.
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Ms. Lau was named president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) in May 2006. She also serves as chairman of Hawaiian Electric Company and chairman of American Savings Bank. Born and raised in Honolulu, Ms. Lau joined the HEI companies in 1984, serving first as assistant corporate counsel and treasurer of Hawaiian Electric Company, then as treasurer of HEI. Read more →


Born and raised in Hawaii Mary has been one of the top 25 Realtors in Hawaii consistently over the past 13 years. She has been in the business of sales and marketing for over 30 years always as a Top Producer. She also has an extensive background in finance & banking and was a successful business owner operating European Motor Sales, as a highline auto dealership in Honolulu for 15 years.
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Ashley Lukens is the Program Director for the Hawaii Center for Food Safety. Her work focuses on issues of human and environmental health as they relate to the food system. She has her PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her research examined community-led efforts to develop culturally appropriate strategies for food system transformation. Originally from Houston, TX Ashley attended Vassar College where she graduated with a B.A. in women studies and economics.
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Sherry Menor-McNamara was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on September 1, 2013, becoming the youngest and first female President and CEO of the Chamber. 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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Through Susan’s passion for serving others, she discovered her calling in the health care field. People-focused by nature, health care was a very good fit for her. However, Susan realized that she needed a graduate degree to advance in the field. (She is a graduate of Punahou and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i.) Read more →


Keala Peters is Director of Strategic Marketing The Queen’s Health Systems. Keala is responsible for overseeing The Queen’s Health Systems marketing, advertising, brand management and digital efforts in support of sustaining the Queen’s mission-driven legacy.
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Michele K. Saito is the president of DTRIC Insurance Group, overseeing more than 100employeesand responsible for the day-to-day operations. Michele has nearly 30 years in the insurance industry, joining Farmers Insurance Hawaii (formerly AIG Hawaii) as an accounting manager in 1984.
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As the Omidyar Fellows’ Director of External Relations, Kalei is the chief ambassador, spokesperson and advocate of the program. Previously, Kalei was Executive Director of KeAli‘i Pauahi Foundation, a supporting organization of Kamehameha Schools, where she was responsible for leading and managing the foundation’s $13 million endowment.
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Tiffany Tanaka is the owner of Fresh Cafe, a community gathering space located in the trendy Kaka’ako district and downtown Honolulu. Fresh Cafe is home to events such as Art & Flea, Slam Poetry, Barter Bar, TedX Salon and a firm supporter of all things local. Read more →


Lori Teranishi is Co-founder and Principal of iQ 360, Inc., An integrated communications firm with offices in Honolulu, San Francisco and New York. Lori has provided PR counsel to emerging and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. She has experience in media relations, analyst relations, board communications and launching major thought leadership campaigns and leading crisis communications for high-profile issues.
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