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Hawaii Business Leadership Conference 2017

  • Hilton Hawaiian Village - Coral Ballrooms 2005 Kalia Road Honolulu, HI, 96815 United States (map)

Invest in your future today! 
➤ Hawaii Business magazine’s Leadership Conference helps build smart, confident and authentic leaders. Gain insight from dozens of Hawaii’s most prominent leaders during a full day of skill-building workshops, speakers and networking.

Conference Schedule
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Registration, Networking Expo

9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Opening General Session

Keynote Speakers
Bob Hurley
Surfboard shaper and visionary, Bob Hurley started Hurley brand in 1999, embracing a life informed by the ocean and the spirit and creativity of youth. Today, you can find Bob "product-testing" at home in Newport Beach, Hawaii, or at some of the best waves around the world.

Sig Zane
Legendary designer and craftsman, renowned for his storytelling and curation of Hawaiian culture. Using the ocean as his playground and inspiration, Sig continues to create the handmade patterns that turn ordinary clothing into wearable history.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Morning Workshop Sessions

  • Becoming a Civic-Minded Leader
    • Cindy Adams, President & CEO, AUW
    • Todd Apo, Vice President, Community Development, The Howard Hughes Corporation
    • Rick Blangiardi, General Manager, Hawaii News Now
    • Matthew Cox, Chairman and CEO, Matson
    • Moderator: Kim Gennaula, Executive Director of Advancement, Iolani School
  • Win-Win Negotiations
    • Jon Snook, COO, Hawaiian Airlines
    • Kai Wang, Partner, Carlsmith Ball
    • Robert Landau, Executive Director, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools
    • Moderator: Ani Menon, Managing Consultant, KPMG
  • Are You Ready to Be a Leader?
    • Katie Chang, Executive Director, Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders
    • Paul Turnbull, President, Mid Pacific Institute
    • David Heenan, Trustee, James Campbell Estate
    • Moderator: Susan Eichor, President & COO, aio Group

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Morning Workshop Sessions

  • Leadership Lessons from the Hokulea
    • Austin Kino, Apprentice Navigator, Polynesian Voyaging Society
    • Miki Kiyomi Tomita, Education Specialist, Polynesian Voyaging Society
    • Kalepa Baybayan, Pwo Navigator, Captain, Polynesian Voyaging Society
    • Moderator: Bryson Hoe, Producer/Writer/Reporter, Oiwi TV
  • Positioning & Persuasion: The Keys to Managing Up
    • Jennifer Hee, Chief Development Officer, The Salvation Army
    • Unyong Nakata, Executive Director of Development, UH Foundation
    • Robbie Melton, Executive Director & CEO, HighTechnology Development Corporation
    • Harrilynn Kameenui, Sr. VP of Administration & Legal Affairs, General Counsel, Pulama Lanai
    • Moderator: Daniel Ikaika Ito, Digital Media Director, Hawaii Business magazine
  • Making Your Point Quickly & Effectively – a few successful startups share tips on crafting the perfect elevator pitch
    • Isabella Hughes, President & Co-Founder, Shaka Tea
    • Vincent Kimura, Lead Founder & CEO, Smart Yields, Inc.
    • Donavan Kealoha, Senior Associate, Startup Capital Ventures
    • Moderator: Dawn Lippert, CEO Elemental Excelerator

12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch

2:15-3:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshop Sessions

  • What Does It Mean to Be an Intrapreneurial Leader?
    • John Komeji, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Hawaiian Telcom
    • Darrick Ching, Senior VP & Division Manager, Consumer Branch Banking Division, First Hawaiian Bank
    • Bill Coy, Director, Omidyar Fellows
    • Moderator: Meli James, Head of New Ventures, Sultan Ventures
  • Building Effective Teams: Tips from the Best Places to Work
    • Ben Godsey, President, ProService Hawaii
    • Kat Lin-Hurtubise, President & Founder, Gourmet Events
    • Jeff Shonka, President & CEO, First Insurance Company of Hawaii LLC
    • Moderator: Peter Burke, President, Best Companies Group
  • Bridging the Gap
    • John Gotanda, President, Hawaii Pacific University
    • Dr. Richard Vuylsteke, Chief Executive, East West Center
    • Jack Wong, CEO, Kamehameha Schools
    • Mary Ann Barnes, President, Hawaii Region, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan
    • Moderator: Steve Petranik, editor, Hawaii Business magazine

3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Closing General Session

  • Winner’s Mindset: Lessons for Business and the Boardroom
    • David Matlin, Athletics Director, University of Hawaii
    • Matt Apana, General Sales Manager, ESPN 1420
    • Moderator: Steve Petranik, editor, Hawaii Business magazine

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Networking Pau Hana

For questions, please contact Kira Chong Tim, Events Manager, at or call (808) 534-7145.


Guests of the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership: $25 off admission

Promotional code: MCBL-LC17 (offer valid through July 21, 2017)

Earlier Event: July 18