2016 Keynote Speaker Jane Miller, COO of Gallup and HB editor Steve Petranik in the afternoon Talk Story General Session

New Skills, Good Advice and Inspiration at the Wahine Forum

October, 2016

Women who want to succeed at work need the right skills, and the annual Wahine Forum is the ideal place to build that toolkit.


Attendees from the Queen’s Health Systems, presenting sponsor of Wahine Forum 2016

The all-day event on Thursday, Oct 27 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village drew about 700 women and was organized by Hawaii Business Magazine. The theme this year was “Build Your Life, Shape Our World.”


Wahine Forum 2016 opened with an energetic performance from Na Hoku Award-winning recording artist Kimie Miner, accompanied by the La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls Select Choir

More than three dozen national and local women leaders spoke and shared advice, data, knowledge and inspiration. Jane Miller, chief operating officer of Gallup, the best-known polling company in the world, spoke in the morning about the insights found in her company’s recent groundbreaking report on American women in the workplace.


(left to right) Panelists Phyllis Horner, PhD or Servco, Linda Miki of Group 70 and Leslie Wilcox of PBS Hawaii discussing how to Build a Legacy at one of Wahine Forum’s many workshops.

In the afternoon, Miller continued the conversation by explaining ways that companies and nonprofits can create flexibility on work hours, telecommuting and other rules to attract both women and Millennials, and allow everyone to do their best work.

WF16-Recap-5Kirra Downing, communications director at DTL, a local strategy studio, says she learned new skills about negotiation and work-life balance at the forum.

“I would encourage anybody to look for development opportunities here at Wahine Forum,” Downing says.

At the CEO Roundtable, top executives from a broad mix of local companies and nonprofits frankly discussed the challenges and advantages of flexible work rules. They came away with ideas they wanted to try within their organizations.

Executives who want to join the confidential conversation at next year’s invitation-only CEO Roundtable should email Hawaii Business Editor Steve Petranik at stevep@hawaiibusiness.com.

There were sessions on personal finance, building your digital reputation, new ways to lead and much more. In the session called “Build a Legacy,” longtime TV reporter Leslie Wilcox, president and CEO of PBS Hawaii, explained how she built her legacy throughout her career.

“Have other people feel your character, not your monument,” she said. “… If you want to leave a legacy, it’s about how you treat people.”

Mark your calendar: Next year’s Wahine Forum is on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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