The Women’s Diversity Initiative Committee was formed as a support organization for women and organizes events that are fun, productive, and educational to demonstrate how the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce has opportunities for women and encourages us to be successful.
Our Business Master Class Series Designed for Women: Balancing Professional and Personal Challenges in the Workplace, held on August 30, 2016, was planned with that purpose in mind. We brought four great community leaders together to lead discussions on overcoming professional and personal challenges as a female in the workplace. Each leader was asked one question and provided personal insight into their own experiences with the small, intimate group of attendees. Each leader then led small group discussions on the topic. The interactive nature of this event provided our members and their guests with a unique opportunity to hear and learn from our community leaders as well as our peers.
Cleo Brown, Principal Consultant of TEK Consulting Service, encouraged us to live life in the moment and to turn off the checklist in your head. Take a look at the young children playing and the focus they have on their faces – it’s stress free!
Patricia Wong, Retired Senior Executive of HEI and Hawaiian Electric, taught us to always remember “next time.” Mistakes will happen because we are not perfect. Learn from your mistakes instead of beating yourself up about it.
Cynthia Yamasaki, EEvangelista & Founder of EEpath, instilled upon us the importance of clearing your clutter (your desk, your schedule, and your mind) and to meditate. Remember to take care of yourself!
Carrie Okinaga, VP for Legal Affairs and University General Counsel of the University of Hawai’i, reminded us to be ourselves. We are women, so don’t try to be a man. Be informed, work hard, work smart, and be humble.
One common piece of advice that was came through strong amongst all of our leaders was to BE PRESENT. These are just some of the highlights of the information that was gained at our event.
At the end of the event, every attendee shared with us how they will pay it forward. Many shared how they pay it forward through their involvement in the community. Others shared how they help others in their profession.
We also asked each attendee to write down one takeaway that got from the event. Here are some of the highlights:
- Have the courage of your conviction.
- Women supporting women rocks!
- Be a problem solver.
- Failing is the first attempt at learning.
- Be soft on people, tough on issues.
- Share the moment with loved ones.
- Commit to yourself.
The HJCC extends a warm mahalo to our panelists for contributing their time, wisdom, and experience; but most of all, thank you for being willing to be vulnerable and open up and share your personal experiences for the purpose of helping others be the best they can be.