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Hilton Hawaiian Village - Coral Ballroom

2005 Kalia Rd

Honolulu, HI 96815

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Join us for the 10th annual Wahine Forum, Hawaii's largest leadership and career development conference for women.


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Special Performance
Welcome Remarks
Keynote Address by Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, KPMG

Pay It Forward: Women Helping Women

Miriam Hernandez-Kakol has achieved a great deal on her way to becoming U.S. service line leader for KPMG’s Customer and Operations consulting practice. Her accomplishments include leading teams that automated many telecom services we take for granted today, and being a founding leader of KPMG’s Technology Enablement consulting business that fueled triple-digit growth within five years for the Management Consulting group at KPMG. Miriam is particularly proud of the work she has done to break though glass ceilings and blaze a trail for younger women. Miriam was recognized by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) andFortune Magazine as one of the Fifty Most Powerful Latinas in U.S. business in 2017. Miriam 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.

BREAK – 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We Started At The Bottom, Now We're Here

Local female business owners share the victories and failures they experienced on the path to local, national and global success.

Stand Out By Being Outstanding

Women face many challenges in male-dominated industries and workplaces. Gain strategies and learn what it takes to succeed from women who overcame those challenges.

Handling Difficult Conversations & Making Difficult Decisions

At every stage of your career, you must be able to handle difficult conversations and decisions if you want to succeed. We will discuss asking for a raise or promotion, closing a sale, allocating scarce resources, giving a tough employee review and firing an employee.

Live a Life Well Planned

Learn how you can create a financial roadmap that will help you lead to a more independent and sustainable financial future. This will be a heartfelt woman-to-woman talk empowering you to make financially wise decisions for you and your family. (Disclosure)

Design Thinking

Today's successful women are learning to expand their scope and perspective to include 'Design Thinking,' a methodology that employs a repeatable problem-solving technique that any team or business can use to get extraordinary results. Join Renée McKaskle, SVP and CIO of HItachi Vantara as she shares how she uses Design Thinking to uncover the hidden, collabtorate with teams and acheive deeper understanding that results in overall success and profitability.

CEO Roundtable

Presented by Bishop & Co. and Hawaii Business magazine. This is a closed session and by invitation-only.

BREAK – 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

NETWORKING LUNCH – 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Negotiating So Everyone Wins

Great leaders are great negotiators. Negotiation skills can help you make deals, solve problems, manage conflicts, advance your agenda, as well as build and preserve relationships. At this session, learn techniques and strategies to get the best deal possible for you and your counterpart.

Leading Through the Generations

Women business owners and executives from different generations share what it’s like to lead, the challenges they’ve faced and how to work with others from different generations.

Building Your Confidence

Tiffani Bova, Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist for Salesforce, says when you think big, you become big. She will explain practical, actionable exercises and tips to build your confidence.

It's Not My Job

It’s easy to forget that other departments exist when you’re so involved in your own responsibilities. But if you want to be a leader, you must have a holistic view of the organization. We’ll discuss strategies to learn more about other departments so you can be more successful at your job and increase your value within the company.

BREAK – 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When Some Women Bully Other Women at Work

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?”


  • Ani Martirosian Menon, Account Relationship Manager, KPMG
  • Bliss Lau, Owner, Bliss Lau
  • Brigadier General Suzanne P. Varies-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-Anh Nguyen, President & CEO, Blood Bank Hawaii
  • 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, Angular Team, Google
  • Katie Kaanapu, Senior Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, China Oceanwide
  • Katie McNeil, Principal, G70
  • Kristin Fernandez, MD, Medical Director of Pediatrics, The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu
  • Lauren Nahme, Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Kamehameha Schools
  • Malia Kaaihue, President, DTL Hawaii
  • Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice President, Alaska, Alaska Airlines
  • Olga Khazan, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • Randi Fernandez, Hotel Manager, Prince Waikiki
  • Shari Chang, CEO, Girl Scouts Hawaii
  • Siana Austin Hunt, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish Hawaii
  • Sunshine Topping, Vice President of Human Resources, Hawaiian Telcom
  • Susan Eichor, President & COO, aio

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our events department: Kira Chong Tim, Events Manager, (808) 534-7145 or kiract@hawaiibusiness.com and Michelle Okada, Events & Marketing Coordinator, (808) 534-7578 or michelleo@hawaiibusiness.com

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