Celebrating Professional Women

Be Bold. Be Remarkable. Be You. Read about some of Hawaiʻi's remarkable Wahine in business.

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Milia Leong HeadshotfinalMilia Leong
Vice President Claim & Medical Management Services

As Vice President of Claim & Medical Management Services at HEMIC, Hawai‘i’s leading workers’ compensation insurance carrier, Milia Leong draws on 25+ years of experience and a driving desire to make a di­fference to lead her division in innovative, e­ffective servicing to care for Hawai‘i’s businesses and workers.

Under Milia’s leadership, her departments have been structured to provide account management and servicing for all types and sizes of businesses they serve, employing best practices to ensure optimal outcomes for HEMIC’s claimants and policyholders.

Milia inspires her team with passion and a commitment to do what is right, never settling for anything less than excellence. She developed an internal education program to grow the next generation of claim adjusters, instilling strong technical expertise to manage and mitigate claims and superior customer service skills to communicate with customers at all levels with compassion and professionalism.

Milia also brings a wealth of Third-Party Claim Administration (TPA) experience to the HEMIC family of companies and leads the workers’ compensation fee-for-service TPA program o­ffered by HEMIC Insurance Managers Inc (HIMI). These services for self-insured and captive entities provide HEMIC’s claim management and mitigation philosophy, local servicing, and customer service guided by HEMIC’s core values of excellence, integrity, connection, and belief that the work they do matters.

In 2018, Milia joined forces with HEMIC colleague Tammy Teixeira to found Kids’ Chance of Hawai‘i, an organization dedicated to changing the lives of keiki who have had a parent seriously injured or killed on the job by providing educational scholarships. As founding president, she has brought together stakeholders across the workers’ compensation industry who are often across the table from each other to join forces for this great cause. In just three years of existence, they have been recognized by Kids’ Chance of America as a model chapter organization.

Dedicated to her industry, Milia is a member of Hawai‘i Insurers Council – Policy Committee Chair for Workers’ Compensation, a member of the Legislative Working Group, and has served as past-President of the Hawai‘i Claims Association. Widening her involvement nationally, Milia is also a member of the Claim Committee for AASCIF.

 

About HEMIC

HEMIC is the State of Hawai‘i’s leading workers’ compensation insurance company, caring for more than 6,500 businesses and 75,000 workers across the Hawaiian Islands. HEMIC is a mutual insurance company and has returned more than $40 million dollars in dividends to its policyholders over the past 14 years. An expert in safety, HEMIC helps employers prevent workplace injuries as well as care for injured workers.

 

Hawaiʻi Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company
915 Fort St. Mall, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-3642 | hemic.com

 


Leah Ibew Headshot FinalLeah Peters
General Foreman

“Women aren’t in this field.” If Leah Peters had a dollar for every time someone said that, she would be rich. Peters, 50, General Foreman for Pacific Power Electrical Corp., knew from a young age that she wanted to do something different, and becoming an Electrician has been a journey from day one.

Peters has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for 30 years, with half of her career in IBEW Local 73 (Washington), and the second half in IBEW Local 1186 (Hawaii). “I knew that if I decided to try to go into the trades, it would only be union.

The IBEW ticked all the boxes!” said Peters. To add to this ideal job in her opinion, was the ability to travel. “Mainly, I wanted to be able to travel the country and the world, with my retirement, medical and future financial well-being not beholden to any one company,” recalls Peters.

From being an apprentice to a Superintendent, every position Peters has held in the IBEW presented its own set of challenges, but through it all, Peters worked hard to hone her craft and to be a steadfast union brother or sister. Says Peters, “Do it-but do it with your whole heart and a dedication to the Brotherhood as if it really is your blood brother next to you. Don’t just think of it as a hiring hall – it is so, so much more than that. Become engaged.”

Side note: Peters met her husband, Matt Turner, while working in Alaska on the ground-based missile defense center. He is a member of IBEW Local 1547 (Alaska).

Peters looks forward to retirement for one reason – to be able to volunteer. Since she took her first trip to Uganda in 2003, it is her passion and her “why,” and she and husband Matt have since tried to incorporate volunteer, community and/or environmental work with each yearly trip they take together. “My heart lives in Africa,” says Peters. Her goal is to give villages a sustainable, reliable power source. Says Peters, “With luck, my future will hold a new chapter of volunteer efforts full time, both here in Hawai’i, the mainland and abroad.”

So the next time someone tells you, “Women aren’t supposed to do that!” If you feel so inspired, just answer, “Leah did it.”

 

IBEW Local 1186
Lighting your path to the future
1935 Hau Street, 4th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96819
808-847-5341 | ibew1186.org

 


Atlas Insurance Agency is proud to celebrate our majority female-led senior leadership team by recognizing some of the women who have helped to create a culture of mentorship and diversity in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Mahalo to each of the women below for being role-models to many and for leading by example.

 

Carol Davis Headshot FinalCarol Davis
Executive Vice President, Sales & Retention

Carol leads Atlas’ commercial sales group, the agency’s largest division. In her nearly three decades of experience in the insurance industry, she has worked with clients of every size and background, specializing in the nonprofits and healthcare sectors. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Hawaii Theatre, Carol mentors many of the Account Executives who are beginning their careers in the insurance industry.

 

Dana Tokioka HeadshotfinalDana Tokioka
Vice President, Special Projects

Dana’s focus is on Atlas’ community outreach and internal project management. Under her direction, The Atlas Insurance Agency Foundation supports local nonprofits through benefit concerts featuring local musicians, sponsors community service events, and helps provide a platform for Atlas to give back to the community. Dana’s diverse background in corporate law, real estate, and consulting also enables her to support the leadership team in various capacities.

 

Tricia Miyashiro HeadshotfinalTricia Miyashiro
Executive Vice President, Operations

Tricia’s decades-long career in the insurance industry includes experience in construction and surety, and managing the operations, underwriting, and financials for multimillion-dollar accounts. At Atlas, she oversees the overall commercial operations, IT, and accounting departments. Tricia has been an active member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, Board Member for the Construction Financial Management Association – Hawaii Chapter, National Association of Women in Construction and is the former president of the Hawaii Surety Association.

 

Kimberly Soares HeadshotfinalKimberly Soares
Vice President, Benefit Consulting

Kimberly is the newest member of Atlas’ senior leadership team, overseeing the overall design and implementation of the Benefit Consulting programs. She brings 19 years of industry experience to the Atlas team, most recently as the President/Owner of a benefits consulting agency. Kimberly serves on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association of Hawaii and is the 2021 Co-Chair for The Longest Day fundraiser. She is also a member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Kapolei Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

 

Atlas Insurance Agency
201 Merchant Street, Suite 1100, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 533-3222 | info@atlasinsurance.com
www.atlasinsurance.com

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Suzie Schulberg HeadshotfinalSuzie Schulberg
President & CEO, Arcadia Family of Companies

The Arcadia Family of Companies (AFC) offers a full spectrum of senior living options through its subsidiaries – resident communities 15 Craigside and Arcadia; Arcadia Adult Day Care & Day Health Center at Central Union Church; Arcadia Home Health Services; and Arcadia At Home. In addition, The Arcadia Foundation is a 501(c)(3), created to help seniors in need.

As President and CEO, Suzie Schulberg is responsible for the overall operations and success of all entities, overseeing a staff of 560 and serving as guardian for the 1,000-plus kupuna AFC cares for each day. Under Suzie’s leadership, AFC has continued to grow and carry out its mission: To provide senior living excellence in a gracious, compassionate, and dynamic environment which meets the spiritual, physical and social needs of every resident, client, and member served.

Throughout her 20-plus year career with AFC, Suzie has made invaluable contributions to the company, which in turn, has had a positive impact on how we, as a community, care for our kupuna and their families. As President and CEO, Suzie is responsible for every aspect contributing to the overall success of AFC and its seven subsidiaries.

Suzie’s ability to lead her staff in keeping residents, clients, members and employees safe during the COVID19 pandemic was certainly tested and required implementing unprecedented safeguards (some beyond what CDC and Hawai‘i DOH suggested); collaborating with State/County agencies, industry leaders, and other senior caregiving companies to share best practices and updated guidelines; keeping residents and their families informed; and keeping her 560 employees engaged and diligent even in light of the uncertainties and life threatening dangers COVID19 presented.

The COVID19 pandemic hit senior service providers especially hard. It was one of Suzie’s most challenging times in her career. She successfully navigated the pandemic, keeping her kupuna/staff safe by implementing progressive and effective programs including:

  • Having the foresight to anticipate a shortage in Personal Protective Equipment. The AFC secured ample equipment and cleaning supplies.
  • Becoming Hawai‘i’s first aging services organization to voluntarily conduct organization-wide monthly interval COVID-19 testing. All 560 employees are COVID-19 tested every month. As needed, this was extended to residents’/employees’ families as well.
  • Extensive internal and external communications to residents/clients/members and their families, and employees to share safety protocols, provide updated information and educational materials.

Suzie currently serves on the Policy Advisory Board for Elderly Affairs (since 2013); the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society (since 2003, receiving her Advanced Certificate in Geronotology from University of Hawai‘i in 2003); as a board member of Oahu Workforce Development Board; is a member of Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 (2014) and Pacific Century Fellow (2010); and most recently, was accepted into the Omidyar Fellows Program (Cohort VIII) and the Pacific Business News Women Who Mean Business.

 

Arcadia Family of Companies
1434 Punahou St., Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 533-5416 | info@arcadia.org
www.Arcadia.org

 


Tracy Allen
Vice President, RA, RS-46610, Global Luxury Ambassador, Luxury Property Specialist, International President’s Premier, Society of Excellence, Top Producer, Coldwell Banker Realty

Tracy Allen knows real estate. As an industry leader with 32 years of dedication, Tracy is honored to be the #1 Individual Sales Agent in Hawai‘i and #6 Individual Sales Agent in North America for Coldwell Banker Realty. With over $165 Million in closed sales in 2020, Tracy’s extensive market knowledge and skill have consistently placed her among the elite of Hawai‘i’s Realtors.

Tracy’s clients have a distinct advantage. Her in-depth construction, design and staging experience, superior people skills and determination to indulge her clients with exceptional service set her apart. She can transform the look of your property, negotiate the terms to your benefit, and help you achieve a successful closing at top dollar.

Tracy is a leader in her profession with prestigious accolades for her skill, expertise, and results. In addition to holding the record for the highest closed residential sales on the entire Island of O‘ahu, Tracy consistently ranks in the top 1% among her colleagues locally and nationally. Tracy was bestowed NRT’s prestigious Society of Excellence Award for achieving an exceptional level of sales in 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, representing the very top tier of sales performance. Tracy is the only Coldwell Banker agent in Hawai‘i and one of just 54 individuals, or less than one per 40,000 NRT Coldwell Banker independent sales associates, in the United States to receive this honor not only once, but five times. In addition, she placed among the top ten sales associates, ranking sixth overall among more than 85,000 Coldwell Banker agents internationally based on closed sales. Tracy also received the International President’s Premier award. This designation acknowledges the performance of the top one percent of all Coldwell Banker sales associates in North America. Tracy repeatedly dominates the luxury sales market and is the Top Producer of Coldwell Banker Realty in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

She is the #1 Agent on all of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i for her record 2020 closed sales statistics. Work with a leader, call Tracy today!

 

Coldwell Banker Realty
1314 South King Street, 2nd Floor Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 927-6415 | Tracy@cbrealty.com
www.TracyAllenHawaii.com

 


Leian Harosky HeadshotfinalLeian Harosky
Harosky Homes

Leian Harosky brings decades of experience to the local real estate landscape, and the brokers are dedicated to helping current and prospective homeowners make their dreams come true at Harosky Homes.

The Harosky Homes team features experts in home buying and selling, 1031 exchanges, short sales and Veterans Affairs (V.A.) home purchases.

“I’ve been in the business for more than 18 years and I still have the same passion from then to now. Harosky Homes’ end goal is to help the public with their real estate needs. Our mission is to provide clients with the proper education to protect their real estate investment, and we do that by conducting free real estate seminars and one on one consultation which I highly recommend since everyone has different real estate end goals and Portfolio”.

Leian Harosky is multilingual. After growing up with a diverse family and being exposed to various cultures, she learned how to adapt quickly, be respectful and think out of the box when helping people.

“My diverse background helps me to connect with all sorts of people, and a lot of my clients that I have assisted have been able to resell their properties and make money because of our strategies and brainstorming sessions,” Harosky says. “I’m also a real estate investor with experience working internationally, as well with the U.S. State Department US Embassy in Asia assigning housing for Military Diplomats and Foreign Service Officers. So with that government and corporate background, I learned how to be discreet and diplomatic.”

Harosky recalls that, at just 28 years old, when she worked at a U.S. Embassy in an Islamic country, she had a coveted security clearance and received vital training. This experience helped her build relationships with multiple countries and an array of people as she kept up with foreign affairs and assisted those working at the embassy with housing needs.

Harosky Homes includes four retired military officers on its team, Leian explains the diversity within the company shines through as everyone can speak different languages. She says the staff can speak Tagalog, Mandarin, Malay, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian, Thai and Korean to further assist clients.

The American Veterans Association in Hawaii selected Harosky as a V.A. Educator, so she is accustomed to helping residents from various backgrounds.

Harosky Homes invites the public to attend their monthly real estate education seminars, and talk about all the details involved with the process so prospective clients are ready when looking to buy and sell properties, as well as learn about rental property strategies, and Oahu market trends.

“We focus on the client and their intentions. It’s all about you,” Leian Harosky says. “We educate you first with a true team effort, and we’re going to provide the crucial education to equip clients with achieving their real estate goals, whether it’s a home to retire in or an investment. I grew up on a farm, so that helps me remain grounded and down to earth. We treat the business and our clients like a family.”

 

Harosky Homes
Leian Harosky RB23034
Principal Broker / Owner Harosky Homes LLC
91-1010 Shangrila Street, Unit 200 Kapolei 96707
(808)421-7767 | leian@haroskyhomes.net
IG: @haroskyhomes | FB: @Leian.Harosky

 


Alesia Barnes Portrait WebAlesia Barnes
Realtor-Broker, RB-22312

As a Broker, entrepreneur, and real estate investor, Alesia Barnes blends Aloha spirit with professional excellence. Representing the best in luxury real estate, Alesia makes her clients a priority, dedicating herself to find everyone their own slice of paradise.

Fondly referred to as “Ms. Aloha,” Alesia and her hand-selected team provide the most exceptional concierge-level service, representing both buyers and sellers of distinguished properties throughout Hawai‘i. Alesia’s ambition and extensive knowledge of specialized markets consistently has her ranked as a top real estate agent-broker in the state of Hawai‘i, with her own monthly segment on the American Dream TV show on CBS.

As an industry leader, Alesia and Team at Compass have adapted to the newest business models real estate has to offer. Equipped with cutting edge technologies and unmatched industry expertise, Alesia and her Team stand apart from their competitors, making their clients’ home buying or selling experience one of a kind. Call Alesia, she is ready to go to work for you today!

 

Alesia Barnes, RB 22312
CRS, MRP, CLHM-Guild, Top 100
4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite H-8, Honolulu, HI 96816
Direct: 808-397-7928 | alesia@barneshawaii.com
Barneshawaii.com

 


Malia Liu Portrait WebMalia Siu & Lisa Camacho
Compass. Siu + Camacho

Five years ago, Malia and Lisa partnered together to become Siu + Camacho, now recognized as a consistently top performing, successful team. They realized that real estate was 24/7 and their clients needed two sets of eyes working for them. “Working as a team allows us to provide consistent, topnotch services to all of our clients. We believe in honesty, communication and adaptability because there is no time to waste in our business. Real estate is exciting and unpredictable and we love taking on challenges and accomplishing great things for our clients.”

The Siu + Camacho Team has now grown to a team of 10 professional agents bringing their unique expertise to cover all real estate specialties, including buying, selling & investments.Give us a call and let us help you find your place in this world.

 

CamachoCompass–O‘ahu Office
4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite #8090, Honolulu HI 96816
Malia Siu l RB 20592 | (808) 4798418 | Malia.Siu@compass.com
Lisa Camacho | RS 69309 | (808) 3480468 | Lisa.Camacho@compass.com
www.siucamacho.com

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Karinmememoody Portrait WebKarin Moody, Founder, Principal Broker Realtor® | RB-19578
Meme Moody, Broker-In-Charge, Realtor® | RB-2278067

Mahalo to our Clients, family and friends for their support! We love what we do and couldn’t imagine a career other than real estate. We are lucky to have been given this chance and responsibility to put people into homes in Hawai‘i and guide them through the entire real estate process. We fi ercely protect our clients, their vision and their real estate goals.”

Ranked as one of the Top 2% of Teams Nationwide in the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Network, Karin Moody and Meme Moody are a full-service mother and daughter team that brings a new level of professionalism and service to O‘ahu real estate and their clientele. With over 28 years of combined experience in O‘ahu real estate, The Moody Team leads the brokerage’s North Shore office at the Hale‘iwa Store Lots with Karin as the founder and Principal Broker, and Meme as Broker-In-Charge.

Servicing clients island-wide they believe in providing the highest level of service and are dedicated to evaluating each of their clients’ unique needs while preserving confidentiality.

 

Karin Moody
(808) 392-7410
KarinM@BetterHawaii.com
moodyteamhawaii.com
Meme Moody
(808) 741-3835
Memem@betterhawaii.com
moodyteamhawaii.com

 


Esther Park HeadshotfinalEsther H. Park
HI License RB-21002

As Senior Vice President and Realtor with List Sotheby’s International Realty, Esther Park has made a name for herself within Hawai‘i’s real estate community. Widely admired by colleagues and clients alike, Esther is known for her dedication to her clients, welcoming demeanor and extensive knowledge of the industry.

Throughout her career,Esther, bilingual in Korean and English, has harnessed her deep understanding of Asian cultures to navigate her relationships with overseas clients. Her outstanding track record of achievement and conscientious, results-driven approach has singled her out as an industry leader and one of the top brokers forHawai‘i’s high-end luxury condominium projects.

Every year since 2014,Estherhas been recognized consecutively as a List Sotheby’s International Realty Highest Overall sales Top Producer, an annual awards program that highlights distinguished individuals who provide exceptional service and market knowledge to buyers and sellers nation-wide.

Esther has perfected the craft of building strong relationships with colleagues and clients alike, and has built a powerful global network over the course of her career. Integrity is at the core of everything Esther does, ensuring the goals she sets for herself and for herbusinessmatch the level of service and value she offers her clients.

In her role as Senior Vice President,Estherembodies a results-oriented approach tobusiness, setting a high standard for her fellow Realtors. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the myriad of technical details required of escrow and closing sales, and is eager to share her skills and industry know-how with her List Sotheby’s International Realty team members. As a seasoned professional, Esther understands the challenges Realtors just starting in the industry may face, and responds accordingly by providing guidance, mentorship and support.

Esther also demonstrates a community-minded spirit, and is active in a variety of service initiatives around the state. She is an ongoing sponsor of the Sharing & Caring Foundation annual benefit dinners, which raises valuable funds for underprivileged children and families in Cambodia. She also volunteers for Aloha United Way, and actively participates in List Sotheby’s International Realty’s quarterly community service events.

 

List Sotheby’s International Realty
Kahala Office
4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100, Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-2411 | info@listsir.com
https://listsothebysrealty.com/en

 


Kelly Laa Portrait WebKelly Laʻa
RS#70070, CRS, e-PRO Luxury Collection Specialist Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realtor

Representing homeowners and future homeowners, Kelly is committed to listening to her clients’ needs and utilizing her keen negotiating skills to ensure a successful transaction. Raised in Kailua, Kelly understands the numerous intangible benefits of life on Oahu, with its unmatched weather, culture, and diversity. Kelly has been an active Realtor for the past 15 years, having joined the Real Estate profession after decades providing first-rate customer service in the airline industry. As an avid real estate investor, she been on all sides of the real estate market – buyer, seller, realtor, and investor.

Throughout the years, Kelly has become an esteemed Realtor, highly regarded by her clients and professionals in the field. A Kailua resident, she is well-connected and actively involved in the community. Kelly’s contacts and life-long residency leverage her enthusiasm and expertise, enhancing her client dedication.

For sellers, whether your home is turn-key, move-in ready or a fixer upper, well-priced properties on Oahu that are skillfully marketed are moving – and moving quickly. Despite what you might think in these unsettling times, we are experiencing multiple offers and bidding wars benefiting home sellers who are walking away with sales closing over their asking price.

Whether you are looking to buy or ready to list your home for sale, give Kelly a call!

 

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
46 Ho’olai St., Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 368-2714 | KellyLaa@aol.com
www.KellyLaa.com

 


Sue Brown WebSue Brown
Realtor®, Principal Broker, Owner, RB-20413

Formerly from Australia, Sue moved to Kona in 1982. After 20 fulfilling and rewarding years as a preschool Director/Teacher in the North and South Kona Districts, Sue transitioned to a real estate career in 2003, with the same enthusiasm to serve the community.

In 2007, Sue was chosen as Realtor of the Year by the West Hawaii Association of Realtors and in 2019 received the inaugural Kupuno Award for Customer Service excellence. Since that time, she has been a consistent top producing realtor for the North and South Kona Districts. Sue credits referrals from satisfied clients as being a prime reason for her success.

Sue Brown Realty and Associates is a family owned and operated real estate brokerage offering courteous service with honesty and integrity, specializing in homes, condos, farms, and vacant land on the West side of the Island of Hawai‘i.

 

Sue Brown Realty and Associates
76-763 Io Place, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 936-7588
Sue@SueBrownHawaii.com
SueBrownHawaii.com

 

 

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