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10th Annual Wahine Forum



MCBL & YWCA O'ahu are proud to support the 10th annual Wahine Forum on Thursday, October 26 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballrooms, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We invite you to attend the conference where you can save $35 off regular admission when you register using the exclusive promotional code: YWCA-WF17

Join us and 800+ attendees at Hawaii’s largest leadership and career development conference for women. This year the theme is Work Together, Rise Together, focusing on the importance of effective partnerships and collaboration in the workplace. Connect with like-minded wahine and cultivate relationships at this a full day forum featuring national speakers and local leaders. 

Morning General Session

“Pay It Forward: Women Helping Women”

Keynote speaker, Miriam Hernandez-Kakol of KPMG, will discuss the importance of women mentoring women, and offer specific steps businesswomen can take today to ensure the future is even brighter for the next generation of women leaders.


Additional Sessions
Attendees will also choose two workshops from the following:

·         We Started At The Bottom, Now We’re Here

·         Stand Out by Being Outstanding

·         Handling Difficult Conversations & Making Difficult Decisions

·         Live a Life Well Planned (Disclosure)

·         Negotiating So Everyone Wins

·         Leading Through the Generations

·         Building Your Confidence

·         It’s Not My Job

·         Design Thinking


Closing General Session

“How We Rise”

End bullying, increase support, and build confidence. A talk story with local female leaders and Olga Khazan from The Atlantic, author of the article “Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?”


National Speakers

·         Olga Khazan, Award-Winning Staff Writer, The Atlantic

·         Marilyn Romano, Regional VP, Alaska Airlines

·         Renée McKaskle, SVP & CIO, Hitachi Vantara

·         Tiffani Bova, Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce


Local Speakers:

·         Amanda Corby Noguchi, , Creative Director & Owner, Under my Umbrella, & Co-Founder, Pili Group

·         Ani Martirosian Menon, Regional Account Relationship Manager of Hawaii, KPMG

·         Bliss Lau, Owner & Designer, Bliss Lau

·         Bridgadier General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, U.S. Army

·         Brittany Heyd, General Counsel, 1776

·         Divina Gonzales-Maruyama, Assistant Vice President & Team Leader, Wealth Advisory Division, First Hawaiian Bank

·         Dr. Kim-Ahn Nguyen, President & CEO, Blood Bank

·         Emily Porter, Executive VP, Operations and Strategy, MacNaughton Group

·         Jana Lam, Owner, Jana Lam

·         Joanne Lee, Associate, Goodsill

·         Jodi Wilmott, General Manager, World Surf League

·         Jules Kremer, Head of Developer Relations, Angula Team, Google

·         Katie Kaanapu, Senior Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, China Oceanwide

·         Katie McNeil, Principal, G70

·         Kelly Hoen, General Manager, Outrigger

·         Kristin Fernandez, MD, Medical Director of Pediatrics, The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu

·         Lauren Nahme, Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Kamehameha Schools

·         Lavonne Leong, Senior Writer, Hawaii Business magazine

·         Maile Meyer, Founder, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii

·         Malia Kaaihue, President, DTL Hawaii

·         Maya Rogers, CEO, Blue Planet Software

·         Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, Partner, KPMG

·         Randi Fernandez, Hotel Manager, Prince Waikiki

·         Robbie Dingeman, Editor, HONOLULU Magazine

·         Shari Chang, CEO, Girls Scouts of Hawaii

·         Siana Austin Hunt, President & CEO, Make-a-Wish-Hawaii

·         Sunshine Topping, VP of Human Resources, Hawaiian Telcom

·         Susan Eichor, President & COO, aio

·         Terri Funakoshi, Director, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, YWCA

...and more!

Workshop space is limited, reserve your spot today!

For more information and registration:


Earlier Event: October 24
Later Event: October 30