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November Newsletter

Volume 28, Issue 6
“ Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength." 

Sonya Sotomayor, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court


Due to unfortunate circumstances, our scheduled speaker, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, is not available to attend.  We are delighted that Beth Whitehead will be joining us as our featured speaker.  

Nov. 10 Luncheon

Beth Whitehead
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
American Savings Bank

Insight and Challenges Facing Women in the C-Suite

We're trying a new format with this presentation - Beth will be engaging in dialogue - Oprah style!  Come with your questions for one of Hawaii's most dynamic women leaders.

Beth oversees a wide range of functions at American, including Human Resources; Training and Development; Community Development; Communications; Corporate Real Estate and Facilities; Legal; Compliance; Corporate Security and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities.

Beth is responsible for establishing American’s internal policies and practices and serves as executive champion of our Employee Excellence Council, which focuses on creating and enhancing the “ultimate employee experience.”  Under her leadership, American created its award-winning LifeBalance wellness program, which helped American be recognized as a Gold-Level Start! Fit Friendly Company by the American Heart Association and one of the Healthiest Employers in Hawaii by Pacific Business News. American’s overall focus on the ultimate employee experience has led to Hawaii Business Magazine naming American a “Best Place to Work” four years in row (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and the Hawaii Psychological Association naming American the Psychologically Healthiest Workplace in 2010 and 2012.

Beth graduated with honors from both the University of Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate. An active member of our local community, Beth serves as Chair of the Women’s Fund of Hawaii and serves on the YWCA and YMCA boards of directors.  She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Banking and Finance at University of North Carolina School of Law. Beth was selected by Pacific Business News as a 2013 finalist for Businesswoman of the Year.


Halekulani Hotel -- Ballroom II (2nd Floor)

2199 Kalia Road

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

RSVP due by noon on Wednesday, November 5 at
Check payable to OWL for $45 for each guest.
℅ Cynthia Takenaka
516 Kawaihae St. #E
Honolulu, HI 96825-1240

Phone:  808-394-3451 | Fax: 808-395-4417 | website:

President's Message

by Kathy Perkins
This is my last message to you as OWL president and I’m a bit melancholy about that… I remember writing my first message about the carryover of holiday frenzy. In a few months the craziness will begin again!
It truly has been an honor to serve as your 30th president and working with this year’s board. I want to thank the board for their dedication to promote the success of our organization. I want to thank YOU, my OWL sister, for giving your time and being a part of this organization. And a special thank you to Cynthia Takenaka for keeping it all together!
The OWL Annual Luncheon will be at the Halekulani Hotel on November 10th. It will be my last turn at the podium, but I will be excited to introduce and officially welcome, Julie Inouye as your incoming President. Please join me in extending a warm OWL welcome to Julie, wish her and the incoming board all the best in 2015!
I leave you with this quote I saw on a restroom wall. (Yes, sometimes the most profound thoughts are formulated in the most unusual places!)

            Always remember
            You’re braver than you believe
            Stronger than you seem
            Smarter than you think
            And twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined!
See you at the annual luncheon!

President:  Kathleen Perkins
President-Elect:  Julie Inouye
VP Membership:  Libby Lee-Hobbs
VP Programs:  Dr. Elizabeth Elliott
Treasurer:  Katherine Braden
Recording Secretary: 
 Dori Palcovich
Communications Secretary:  Kristi Bates
Immediate Past-President:  Tracie Young

Directors at Large:
Julie Arigo
Judy Bishop
Ina Chang
Jen Grems
Pamela Martin
Stacia Murray

2014 Outstanding Woman Leader Award

Thank you for your nominations. Awardees of the 2014 OWL Outstanding Woman Leader recognitions will be announced at the Nov. 10 meeting.

2015 Election of Officers and Directors

OWL members will vote to elect the new officers and directors. Nominees are listed below.

President:  Julie Inouye
President-Elect:  Katherine Braden
VP Membership:  Julie Arigo
VP Programs:  Dr. Elizabeth Elliott and 
Libby Lee-Hobbs
Treasurer:  Kathleen Perkins
Recording Secretary:  Dori Palcovich
Communications Secretary:  Kristi Bates
Immediate Past-President:  Kathleen Perkins
Directors at Large:
Judy Bishop
Ina Chang
Jennifer Grems
Pamela Harms
Stacia Murray
Valerie Schmidt

What We Heard
Sept. 8

Susan Murray and Dr. Immim Van Dyken

Women's Health and the Queen's Medical Center West Oahu

by Julie Inouye

Susan Murray, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the new Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu (QMC West) gave our members and many guests a through walk through of her newest project.  Beginning with the call that she received from Kathy Inkinen asking her to consider taking on a new role heading up QMC West and how she immediately accepted the opportunity without hesitation. She also shared the Queen’s vision for filling the void for much needed health care in West Oahu.

Susan thrives on challenge and you can sense her passion for navigating the road less traveled AND a genuine sense for helping her people and community.
While she primarily focused on the QMC West, she also shared with us her personal leadership lessons. Listen, be bold, having gratitude. Simple, yet effective and proven successful. Susan also brought along with her Dr. Irminne Van Dyken. A surgeon, specializing in ono-plastics. Dr. Van Dyken taught us that when a woman today learns she has breast cancer, she has many options in her treatment and overall wellness.

Just a few years ago, the treatment options were lumpectomy and mastectomy. Now, with oncoplastic surgery, a woman who is undergoing re-construction can also have procedures to beautify our breasts.  This can all be done at the same time. For example, in the past a woman would go to sleep, have the surgery and wake up without her breasts. Nowadays, a woman can go to sleep, have a successful surgery and wake up with newly, “lifted” breasts. Amazing!  Dr. Van Dyken likened it to the silver lining in an otherwise unpleasant experience.
Dr. Van Dyken also stressed the importance of taking care of ourselves. “We are what we eat” an old saying, but our diet and exercise can have a profound effect on our overall wellness. Especially when it comes to cancers. Data and research tell us that by eating more vegetables, fiber, whole foods and fruits we can improve our odds in developing cancers.
West Oahu and QMC West Oahu are very fortunate to have two very smart and gifted ladies looking after their community.


Member Profile 

Ananda Chou
Ananda Chou has been strengthening communities in Hawaii for the past 10 years with the YMCA of Honolulu. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Atherton YMCA Branch, where she has the opportunity to make a difference every day.
Her work focuses on inspiring and empowering college and high school students from all backgrounds to become cause-driven leaders in the community. From mentoring student leaders, to providing service learning experiences, to inspiring underprivileged high school students to go to college, the Atherton YMCA provides resources and opportunities for students to grow and thrive as individuals and connect college to a successful career.
Before her career, Ananda was an athlete. She was born and raised in Berkeley, California, where she discovered her talent for rowing. This propelled her to Florida on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Miami. She then followed her parents to Kailua after graduating, where she was hired at the Windward YMCA and found her passion for strengthening community.
Ananda holds a BA from the University of Miami, Florida, and an MBA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is on the board for the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the board for the Honolulu Professionals Foundation. When she isn’t working or volunteering, she is outside hiking, at the beach or paddling. She recently completed the 42 mile Na Wahine O Ke Kai paddling race.
Member Achievements
Judy Bishop, president, Bishop & Co., was featured in a Sept. 9 article titled "How I started a successful staffing firm in Honolulu at age 60" in Pacific Business News.  


OWL membership is 75 members strong and growing!  Renew your membership dues by Nov. 10 and receive a $10 discount!  You may bring your payment to the Nov. 10 meeting.  Annual dues for Jan. through Dec. 2015 is $260.

Membership luncheons are generally held on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  Meetings are usually held at the Pacific Club, but locations will be confirmed prior to the meeting.  Link to renewal form:
OWL Observations
     ~ What I Now Know 

  By Lisa Kratcher
There’s a quote by Winnie the Pooh that says: “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”  As a mother, I encourage my son to be polite to others and mind his manners.  As a business-owner and a professional, I am reminded on a daily basis how adulthood seems to drive out these lessons we learn as children.  Here’s a great example:  I recently interviewed three applicants for an open position within our company.  Each was qualified, professional, and well-spoken.  But after the interview, only one took the extra step of sending a hand-written thank you card.  When it was time to make an offer, I knew exactly which candidate I wanted to join my team.  So take the extra step.  Write the thank you note.  Show a little appreciation.  I promise it will pay off – professionally and personally.

Lisa Truong Kracher, MBA, is President of Staffing Solutions of Hawaii.  SSOH was recently awarded the 2014 Psychologically Health Workplace Award.

2014 Treasurer's Report and Estimated Year End Financial Overview 

We’ve had an excellent year, learning many new things and sharing with awesome women leaders.  It’s an honor to serve on your Board and as your Treasurer.

Revenue from dues is approximately $1,880 less than budgeted while guest lunches were $500 above budget. Although total revenues were less than anticipated, expenses were reduced by a larger amount resulting in a positive $324 net income over budget and an actual net income of $2,258 to be added to our reserves.

Current membership as of October 20, 2014 is 75, 68 full year and 7 for the second  half of the year. year, but several new members have submitted applications so that number will be adjusted at end of year.

The two Pau Hana Mixers were break-even networking events earning less than $81 and not intended to be revenue items.

Figures for part of October and all of November and December are estimated amounts.  Estimated End of Year financial statements will be available at the November annual meeting.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Respectfully submitted,

Katherine Braden, Treasurer
OWL Book Community

The OWL Book Community is moving to a pau hana time slot of Tuesday nights from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Hawaii Yacht Club, behind the Ilikai Hotel in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.  Tuesdays at HYC is pizza and salad night.

 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle 
by Barbara Kingsolver
The book revolves around the concept of improving the family's diet by eating only foods that her family was able to grow themselves or obtain locally (save for grains and olive oil). Kingsolver, along with her husband and daughters, start a farm in Virginia where they grow and can different varieties of tomatoes, learn about rooster husbandry, make cheese, and adjust to eating foods only when they are locally in season. The book contrasts this with the ecological costs of growing food in factory farms, transporting it thousands of miles, and adding chemical preservatives so it will not spoil. (2007)   

Wahine Forum

Friday, October 23 Hilton Hawaiian Village

OWL proudly partnered with Hawaii Business Magazine to host the 2014 Wahine Forum at the Hilton Hawaiian Village where a record attendance of 725 women listened to wonderful speakers including local graduates:  Ann Harakawa and Patrice Tanaka.  

OWL unveiled its updated logo designs on the banner, table drape and membership brochure.  Many thanks to Stacia Murray, director at large; Julie Inouye, president elect; Kate Braden, treasurer; and Kathy Perkins, president for staffing the OWL table and encouraging the attendees to learn more about our organization.  

Pictured (L to R):  Stacia Murray and Barbra Pleadwell

Fall Pau Hana - Oct. 8
We enjoyed another fabulous evening watching the surfers and the sunset, eating ono pupus and cocktails, while catching up with friends!

Thank you to our OWL sisters who brought guests; Stacia Murray for hosting the gathering at the Outrigger Canoe Club; Julie Arigo for providing the amazing coconut cake from the Halekulani Hotel; and Libby Lee Hobbs, Jennifer Grems, Kristi Bates and Kathy Perkins for donating door prizes.

OWL Mission Statement

The mission of OWL is to develop a network of contacts among women in decision- making positions to promote effectiveness on the job and professional advancement.

The goals and objectives of OWL shall be to establish a network of contacts between the public and private sectors; to establish a professional and interpersonal support system for women professionals; to offer informational opportunities for women in management; to provide career-related ideas and information; and to share job and career advancement opportunities.

We love to hear from you!  Because we know your time is valuable, OWL President Kathy Perkins will be reading the member announcements along with her welcome message.  Please email your news to Kathy at

You may also share your achievements or any newsworthy items with your OWL sisters through our newsletter.  Email your news along with a photo to Kristi Bates at  

As a courtesy to our speakers, guests and OWL members, please keep side conversations to a minimum during the speaker presentation.

Mahalo!  Ahui Hou Kākou!