Celeste Indvik comforts a friend in one of the ways that she comforts her clients. “People can misconstrue our job as an ‘escort’ or ‘prostitute,’ when in actuality we bring therapy to people through touch,” Indvik says.

My Job: Everyone Needs a Hug

Jackie M. Young

NAME: Celeste Indvik AGE: 25 PART-TIME JOB: Professional cuddler and co-owner of Aloha Cuddle Co. START: Indvik was born and raised in Orange County, California, received her B.S. in nursing from Hawaii Pacific University, and is now a full-time labor and delivery nurse. “I’ve been a professional cuddler for a year and a half. I Read the full article…

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5 Steps to an Executive Presence

Scott Simon, Executive Coach & Consultant at Simon Leadership Group LLC

Readiness for next-level success often depends on the leader’s ability to develop the complex set of qualities that comprise “executive presence.” R. Scott Simon, an executive coach frequently engaged by Hawaii companies to support their emerging leaders, offers five steps he often shares with clients. 1. CHANGE YOURSELF At each level from individual contributor, to Read the full article…

Careers , March 2017 , Marketing
March, 2017
This month's expert: Beth Whitehead, Executive VP 
and Chief Administrative Officer at American Savings Bank

Ask the Expert: Spot Rising Stars

Beth Whitehead , Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer at American Savings Bank

Q: How do I identify rising stars in my organization and help them reach their full potential? 1. HIRE SMART Take. Your. Time. Look for more than just the right skills and experience; make sure candidates are a good fit with your organization’s culture, are driven and are passionate about their work. You can always Read the full article…

Careers , Leadership , March 2017
March, 2017
Photo by Aaron K. Yoshino

Your Next Step

Chris Oliver

Women don’t always get the most important career advice: How to be an effective leader. One solution from the Mink Center for Business & Leadership is a new initiative called the Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance, which helps women improve their management and leadership skills. Board members at the center knew local companies wanted training Read the full article…