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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Mark Your Calendars for the Wahine Forum

Mark Your Calendars for the Wahine Forum

Every year, I make it a point to attend the Wahine Forum, a Hawaii women’s conference meant to support women in business. It’s a day-long event filled with three, 1-hour workshops and a lunch with a keynote address.

Though it is a conference for women, the workshops aren’t necessarily about women-specific business issues. A highlight from my first year of attendance was the popular “Negotiation” workshop, which taught how to successfully negotiate a raise and more  paid time off and explained the importance of title changes—even if they don’t include a pay bump.

My second year, I attended a packed room for “Keys to the C-Suite,” a discussion about how to work your way up the business ladder, with Janet Liang, president of Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Region; Gwen Pacarro, complex manager for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; and, Margery Bronster, partner in the law firm of Bronster Hoshibata and former Attorney General. See my post on the 8 Steps to Becoming a CEO here.

I came away both years with an inspirational vision for my future.

This year’s Wahine Forum takes place Oct. 18 and early registration ends Friday. There are 39 speakers including keynote speaker, Carla Harris, author of “Expect to Win, 10 Proven Strategies from a Wall Street Vet.” She is also a managing director and head of the emerging platform at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

See you there! For more information, visit



Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2011 in Permalink

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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