As the East-West Center president, Vares-Lum hopes her servant leader lens will help her create good governance across the Pacific and mentor the next generation of leaders.
Unyong Nakata is the Founder and Principal of Nakata Advisory, LLC, where services are focused on catalyzing business development and operational alignment. Unyong is driven by the core values of integrity, excellence, and compassion; her diverse experiences have cultivated a unique toolkit to compliment her innate drive to create clarity, alignment, and excellence through the most important asset – people.
Unyong’s professional experience spans both the for-profit and non-profit areas. She has built and led teams in the areas Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Customer Service, and Supply Chain. Unyong was a key part of the executive leadership team that not only sustained but bolstered a company’s position despite tremendous and unpredictable challenges during the COVID pandemic all the while creating enterprise systems. Specifically in the non-profit space, Unyong expertise stems from creating high impact Advancement programs through alumni and volunteer management, private donations, integrated marketing and events, and strategic campaigns. The through line is Unyong’s ability to catalyze positive change and scalable excellence.
Unyong is proud to serve on the boards of the Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Action Center, Great Aloha Run, Aloha United Way – Women United, and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.
Unyong has been recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the “20 for the next 20,” the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii as the “Young Professional of the Year,” Pacific Business News for “Women Who Mean Business” and “Forty Under 40,” and by the AFP – Aloha Chapter as the “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year.”
Unyong holds a bachelor of science in Microbiology and a master of business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.