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2013 Founders & Visionaries - Wahine Edition

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Olsten Staffing and Professional Services

Sandee Hiyakumoto, Jana Moniz, Susan Jung, Chris Ng and Leianne Pedro celebrating winning a contest in July 2013. Missing from the photo are team members: Beulah Olanolan, Cynthia Tanaka, Signe Godfrey and Mhanivel Moresca.

Signe Godfrey follows a simple motto — find success through the success of others. As President of Olsten Staffing and Professional Services, Godfrey uses this motto as motivation to place between 3,000 to 4,000 clients in jobs each year.

Prior to opening Olsten Staffing and Professional Services in the mid ‘80s, Godfrey worked at her dream job. With stable hours, a great income and projects that challenged her, she had no intention of making a life change; but when a job recruiter came knocking, Godfrey took the advice of a friend to never turn down an interview as it could present an unexpected opportunity. In this case, Godfrey was presented with the opportunity to open Olsten Staffing and Professional Services in Honolulu. Today, Godfrey passes this advice, along with job leads and training, on to her clients.

As the founder of one of the longest standing companies in the job search industry in Hawaii, Godfrey has navigated the ever changing local employment landscape for more than 26 years.

“Thriving and surviving in Hawaii is about focusing on our goals daily and looking at what we can do differently,” she says. This forward thinking prompted the streamlining of services, expanding the executive search and professional hire positions while also providing full service temporary staffing to companies in growing fields such as accounting, marketing and information technology. The company also expanded as a learning center, providing sales and customer service training to local companies.

“Our work touches so many lives in our community; it is essential for us to be accountable by doing the best we can for our clients,” she says. This culture of accountability, Godfrey says, is the heart and soul of her company’s success and longevity. “It is our job to see what is needed, take responsibility and create practical solutions.”

For Godfrey, true accountability extends past the work environment and reaches into her personal life, as well as her work within the local community. For her successes in these areas, Godfrey holds the honor of being a past YWCA leader luncheon honoree. As a woman, as a mother and as a daughter, she hopes to inspire other women in the local community to succeed to the best of their ability.

Looking forward to the years that lie ahead, Godfrey plans to continue to build on the accountability culture that she has championed for so many years, within her company and throughout the world around her.


900 Fort Street Mall #1200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: 808-523-3313
Fax: 808-526-4553

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