Leadership – July 13, 2018

Leadership Conference 2018


10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


The POWER of Resilience 

Countless studies show that an individual’s ability to be resilient in the face of adversity is what determines success, both professionally and personally. The true grit of a leader is not how you perform during the good times, but how you display emotional strength, courage and professionalism during the most trying times. Hear stories from local leaders on how they showed integrity during some of their hardest of times.



Susan Yamada, Director, UH Ventures

Ms. Yamada began her tenure as Director of University of Hawaii Ventures in July 2017. She is responsible for creating a center for innovation whose mission is to support University entrepreneurs and commercialize University-generated innovations. She served for nine years at the Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE). PACE is the home for a set of experiential entrepreneurship programs located in the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii.


Jennifer Walter, Preparedness Branch Chief, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

Jennifer Walter joined the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency in August 2015 as the Preparedness Branch Chief. In this role she supervises the agency’s planning, training, exercise, mitigation, hazard education and private sector/non-profit outreach programs. Her prior emergency management experience was in the private and non-profit sectors. Before joining the state she was the Emergency Response Manager for Hawaiian Airlines. Prior to that she was with the American Red Cross for 13 years, first at their headquarters in Washing D.C. and then at the Hawaii State Chapter as the Response and Preparedness Manager.


Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama, Co-Owner, Hanalei Taro & Juice Co.

After spending eight years away from the loi to earn degrees in tropical horticulture and business, study in France, tour Europe, and work in Japan, Lyndsey returned to Kauai’s north shore in 2005 to integrate what she’d learn into the family taro business. Today, she is at the helm of Hanalei Taro & Juice Co., a farm-to-table food truck across the highway from the W.T. Haraguchi Farm, which was named after her grandfather. In addition, Lyndsey is working toward a doctorate in education and sits on the boards of the Kauai Taro Growers Association and Kauai Christian Academy.


Joanne Lo Grimes, Co-Chair & Partner, Carlsmith Ball

Joanne Grimes is the Co-Chair of the firm and a Partner in the firm’s Honolulu Office and is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and Guam. She has over two decades of experience in representing institutional businesses, nonprofit organizations, and private and charitable trusts in matters involving governance, employment & employee benefits, procurement, contracts, proprietary rights protection, fiduciary duties and trust administration. Ms. Grimes is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and is actively involved in civic and community service.


Moderator: Steve Petranik, editor, Hawaii Business Magazine

Steve Petranik has been an editor and reporter for more than three decades, and now is the editor of Hawaii Business Magazine. Before joining the magazine in 2009, he spent 18 years as an editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and five years at the Honolulu Advertiser. He’s reported from six countries on three continents and his stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.




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