A Woman's Journey in 2021
This Path Belongs to YOU!
A Woman's Journey in 2021
Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 9:00am HST - 2:00pm HST
Where: Virtual Workshop Hosted on Kaua'i
Join us for an all-day skills building event designed to inspire courage, build confidence, and connect with like-minded individuals.
Register Here: https://bit.ly/37sfJS0
Be one of the the first 50 to register and you will receive an Appreciation Gift Box of curated items from women owned Kaua'i businesses courtesy of the Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce!
Questions about registration? Contact Anna at Anna@Kauaichamber.org
9:00am - Welcome
9:15am - Keynote: Maya Rogers, CEO of Tetris
The Importance of Writing your Own Narrative
9:45am - Panel 1 Discovery: Accomplishments as a Tool
Bria Greer, Char Ravelo, Michelle Rundbaken,
Ivory Lloyd, Sarah Styan
10:45am - Break
11:00am - Panel 2 Navigating: Challenges We Face
Robbie Melton, Mayrose Munar, Mahina Anguay,
Marjorie Bennett, Jennifer Jones
12:15pm - Networking Lunch
12:45pm - You Choose YOUR Path: Go Boldly Forward
» Panel 3 Onward: Stepping into New Territory
Renae Hamilton-Cambeilh, Milani Pimental, Tricia
Yamashita, Marissa Sandblom
» Experiential Workshop
Shannon Hiramoto, Stacy Ricciardi
» Small Group Mentor Session with local Kaua'i
Lynn Danaher, Kristal Muhich, Desirea Hirani
1:40pm - Inspo on Journey, Future & Next Steps
2:00pm - Pau
Maya Rogers, CEO of Tetris, the iconic video game brand & Co-Founder and Partner of Blue Startups, Hawaiiʻs venture accelerator. Currently serving on the boards of Allied eSports Entertainment, Smithsonian APAC, Women's Fund of Hawaiʻi, and Kapiʻolani Medical Center or Women and Children. Mother of two under two.
Mayrose is a west Kaua'i native and a Silicon Valley pioneer with over two decades of wisdom from scaling teams in hyper-growth environments at Uber, Google, and Inktomi. She is a cross-pollinator known for her local knowledge and global business expertise. Mayrose is the Founder-President of Kaunalewa, a non-profit organization formed to revitalize Kekaha.
Bria Greer, Owner and Creative Director of Brialei LLC. Focused on curating collaborative spaces that nurture innovation and offer economic opportunity. Founder of LEI of Kauai, a community that connects women entrepreneurs and innovators across the island of Kaua'i. Currently working with Malama Huleia, BCI Contracting, Common Ground and Rice Street Business Association.
Ivory Kealani Lloyd
Ivory Kealani Lloyd is currently the COVID Relief Program Manager at KGEFCU, she is a Leadership Kaua'i Alumni (class of 2018), the Chair for the Hawai'i Sister Society of the Global Women's Leadership Network and the owner of The Lei Collective. Ivory's background is in community programs with non-profits statewide and has her Bachelors in Political Science and an International Masters in Sustainable Development & CSR. As a mother of two boys under 5, balance and family support are what she's most grateful for.
Char Ravelo is a graduate of Leadership Kauai Class 2006 and board member before becaming the Executive Director in April 2013. Her fitness career in management, publishing, TV, event productions, and instructor training spans over 30 years. Creator and publisher of Inspiration, Hawaii's Wellness Journal; co-producer of Inspiration on OC 16 TV show; and founder of the Annual Kauaʻi Wellness Expo. Today, Char directs her energy to motivating leaders of all ages to embrace their inner leader with Aloha, and share it with others.
Monica Belz, MBA, CEO Social Entrepreneur, LEAD Cohort at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. As President and CEO of Kauai Government Employees Federal Credit Union, Monica Belz shapes a dynamic island vision for economic growth grounded in sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Her 20 years of experience in social impact community development complements a diverse portfolio of work that includes disaster relief, wilderness survival and first aid, documentary filmmaking, numerous humanitarian projects and stints as an EMT Firefighter and PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
In a typical day, Michelle creates immersive stories, brain-bending puzzles, and dives into historical researcH rabbit holes - all for the benefit of The Society of Curiosities, a quarterly escape room subscrIption box thaT sHe and her husband create. MichElle is proud to be born and raised on Kauai and fortunate to be exposed to all types of cReative arts growing up - from dance to theatrE to all types of art - and these have been formative in ending up as a puzzle designer and creative director.
Milani joined Kauai Habitat in 2010, previously serving as Director of Development and Deputy Director prior to her appointment to Executive Director in December 2020. It has been her privilege to work toward creating truly affordable housing opportunities for the community. Milani holds certifications in pre- and post-purchase homebuyer education, is an alumna of Leadership Kauai, and has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago. She is active in various organizations, including her church and Rotary Club of Poipu Beach.
Since 2007 Shannon has been creating handmade one-of-a-kind clothing under the name, machinemachine, which highlights the concept of circular fashion---whereby new clothing is made with upcycled materials found secondhand, neutralizing the negative environmental impact of fashion. Her new project, Small Craft Advisory, is a creative clubhouse located at Warehouse 3540 in Lawai--where she teaches one-on-one classes, hosts group workshops, and provides a co-crafting sewing, printmaking, and art studio space for the community. Shannon is also passionate about the mu'umu'u and has started #muumuumonth, which is a month-long celebration the special garment every January. She lives in her hometown of Koloa with her husband Josh and their 5 year old daughter Charli.
Robbie Melton is the Hawaii Small Business Center Director for Kauai County. Robbie has spent her career advising startup companies to launch and become successful sustainable businesses. She has been a longtime advocate for women's issues starting when she was in high school active in the YWCA. From 2001 to 2010 Robbie co-founded and led Women In Bio and Young Women In Bio to educate women to create companies and advance their careers in the bioscience industry. She continues to mentor and advocate for women's issues.
Marjorie A Bennett
A 30 year financial services veteran, Marjorie is now a Partner at Chicago Partners Weath Advisors. She is a long time advocate for economic justice, responsible living and ethical investing. Kaua’i community service includes past YWCA board members, Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, CASA, food pantry work and the program lead for the Healthy Money Choices program offered through the YWCA Kaua’i. Born and raised on Oahu, she’s grateful call Kaua’i her home.
Desirea Hirani is a “serial entrepreneur” which she gives credit to growing up working in her fathers business, Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp. Desirea has a proven track record of helping small businesses across the state. She owned one of the first Professional Employer Organization in Hawaii with offices in Sri Lanka, Philippines, Arizona, California, and Hawaii. Among some of her accolades, Desirea has been the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year twice by the Chamber of Commerce, Forty Under Forty and the overall Business Leader of the Year by Pacific Business News, and named Top 10 Outstanding Filipinos. She played a key role in obtaining a Veto in 2012 on a bad bill that would have negatively impacted Hawaii small business owners. After selling her first business at 37 years young, she continues to own a handful of businesses she likes to call, “Passion Projects” such as Gypsy Rain, a clothing line with a mission to empower women of all sizes and Bloom & Prosper Hawaii curating vintage goods and host the Princeville Artist & Flea, supporting 35+ Kauai businesses and growing. Desirea is now doing The most important work of her life, raising her first baby Kingston Kai while reinventing herself as a balanced #momprenuer.
Jennifer Jones-Patulli, MA, HSDP, works with private and public organizations to facilitate constructive conflict and influence positive change. Jennifer helps organizations establish flexible conditions, within a solid framework, to confidently adapt to ongoing change. As a skilled facilitator, mediator, and coach, Jennifer brings over a decade of practice in conflict resolution and application of conflict theory into her work with Productive Conflict LLC. Using human systems dynamics models and integrative bargaining techniques, Jennifer designs and delivers tailored approaches to support leaders and their groups through complex challenges. Her specific focus on conflict coaching helps leaders harness the innovative and productive potential of their teams. Jennifer’s approach is innovative and creative. She believes that complex challenges require an adaptive, interdisciplinary approach to achieve lasting results.
Sarah founded Kauai Community Science Center in 2019 to increase access to science and grow science literacy on Kauai by putting students in the lead. With more than 25 years working as a scientist, 17 of those on Kauai, and having opportunities to live and work in nine different countries and five states, Sarah has developed a passion for science and learning through a wide variety of work experiences and environments. KCSC supports students to explore their interests through the lens of science by bringing resources, collaborations and opportunities that provide project based and career connected learning experiences for students, teachers and professionals on Kauai and beyond. KCSC promotes and models important 21st century learning skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity that will propel our students into meaningful and impactful careers, while also inspiring and teaching other students and the whole community in the process.
Stacy Riccardi has been a Women's Wellness and Empowerment Coach for more than 15 years here on Kaua’i. Stacy is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Coach. She’s the 2013 Na Wahine Alaka’i O Kaua’i Award recipient and proud 2018 Leadership Kauai graduate. As the creator of the Wahine Rising clothing line and Nourished Life Women’s Retreats, her passion is teaching self-love through self-care.
A proud graduate of Waimea HS, Mahina returned back to WHS as principal eight years ago. Since then, Waimea HS has become a wall-to-wall career academy and last year its Freshman Academy received recognition in obtaining model status -- the second school in the nation and the first in Hawaii to achieve that honor. Mahina was named the 2016 Matsuyuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership winner and was Hawaii's Secondary Principal of the Year (NASSP) in 2020.
Tricia-Lynn Kalaniho`okaha Yamashita serves as the Executive Director of Kaua`i Hospice. A proud graduate of the Leadership Kaua`i class of 2010. Tricia was born and raised in Kailua, Oahu and moved to Kaua`i with her husband and three sons in 2002. Her passion and value of end-of-life care comes from her personal experience of watching her grandmothers end-of-life journey on hospice, as a young woman. Her more than 25 years of management experience in not-for-profit and government sector, allows her to bring different points of view to her leadership and service mindset and she is inspired to help others rise to the pinnacle of their potential. Tricia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University of Honolulu and is graduating this May 2021 with her Masters in Public Health from Hawaii Pacific University.
I am an independent, self-employed woman with a very diverse background. My expertise covers commercial fishing, to historic renovation into cash flow positive endeavors, whale watching operator, expedition leader and film festival founder. I am a problem solver, skilled in logistics and coordination. I am creative, organized, energetic, and possess excellent financial and communications skills. Plus, I have created many successful business starts-ups, from conception, set up, marketing and management.
Prior to joining Hawaii Community Foundation, Marissa most recently served as chief operating officer of Common Ground, an agriculture accelerator and innovation company located in Kilauea. Marissa previously served as Vice President of Grove Farm Company, one of the island’s largest private landowners and as president of the Grove Farm Foundation. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Hawaiʻi Pacific University. Marissa currently serves as a director for the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaiʻi and Shioi Construction and is on the Advisory Board for the American Red Cross – Kauai Chapter and the Community Advisory Committee for PBS Hawaii. Marissa has served as Board Chair of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Kauaʻi Planning & Action Alliance and the Kauaʻi Economic Development Board. In addition to being a graduate of Leadership Kauai, she is also a Pacific Century Fellow and Omidyar Fellow.