Leadership – July 13, 2018

Leadership Conference 2018

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Is It Your Time for Leadership Training?

Local leadership development programs like Omidyar Fellows and the Pacific Century Fellows have guided hundreds of emerging leaders in Hawaii. This session will tackle these questions:

  • Is one of these leadership programs right for you?
  • What are these programs looking for in candidates?
  • What are the benefits to individuals and your organization?
  • What can your company’s internal development policies learn from these prestigious programs?



Joshua Wisch, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii

Joshua Wisch is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i and has over fifteen years of cross-sector experience in Hawai‘i, including serving in multiple leadership roles in state and federal government, nonprofits, political campaigns, and as a private-sector attorney. Josh earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives on Oahu with his wife, Malia.


Terri Funakoshi, Director, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership – Mink Leadership Alliance

Terri Funakoshi is the Director at the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership (MCBL), a Women’s Business Center that is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a program under YWCA O‘ahu. Prior to joining MCBL, Ms. Funakoshi was President of Hawaii Culture & Retail Association and Executive Vice President of Merchandising at Pomare, Ltd. Dba Hilo Hattie, the largest retailer and manufacturer of Aloha Wear in the State of Hawaii. Ms. Funakoshi contributes to the community and gives back by volunteering her time to a variety of causes and charities in Hawaii. She enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and helping them along their journey. Ms. Funakoshi is a mother of three and spends her free time being a “creative,” designing jewelry and dabbling in the arts and crafts of Hawaii.


Dr. Diane Paloma, CEO, The King Lunalilo Trust & Home

Dr. Diane Paloma is the Chief Executive Officer for the King Lunalilo Trust and Home.  Lunalilo Home offers residential care, adult day care, home meal delivery and respite care for kupuna as directed by the legacy of King William Charles Lunalilo, the sixth reigning monarch of Hawai‘i.  She is the former Director of The Queen’s Health Systems, Native Hawaiian Health Program. Prior to Queen’s she spent time at the John A. Burns School of Medicine as a faculty member and has worked for HMSA and HMSA subsidiaries. Diane has spent her career in the health field since 1995 and was able to combine her passion for Native Hawaiian culture with the health and medical fields. In 2002, she completed the ‘uniki process for the status of ‘ōlapa with Ka Pa Hula O Kamehameha from Kumu Hula Holoua Stender.  She currently serves as ‘alaka‘i (halau leader) for Ka Pā Hula O Ka Lei Lehua with Kumu Hula, Snowbird P. Bento.  She is married to Jason Paloma and has three daughters.


Elia Herman, Senior Program Manager, Pacific Resiliency Fellows, Kupu

Elia Herman currently serves as a Senior Program Manager at Kupu, managing Kupu’s World Conservation Congress Legacy Programs – the Pacific Resiliency Fellowship and the Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge – launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress hosted in Honolulu in September 2016. Born and raised in Honolulu, Elia Herman grew up studying whales and dolphins and has over 18 years of experience working on local, national, and global conservation and sustainability issues.  Elia spent six years at the State of Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) managing the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and DLNR’s marine protected species program, as well as providing leadership and direction on a range of marine resource management issues.  Prior to returning home, Elia worked in Washington D.C. as a legislative fellow with the U.S. Congress developing aquaculture, energy, and ocean education policy and managed a campaign at the Pew Charitable Trusts that focused on strengthening U.S. international environmental policy to ensure national security, economic stability, and women’s wellbeing.


Moderator: Daniel Ikaika Ito, Digital Media Director, Hawaii Business Magazine

Daniel Ikaika Ito is the digital media director of Hawaii Business magazine. As a journalism student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he founded Contrast Magazine – Honolulu’s first avant-garde magazine dedicated to creating content for forward-thinking Millenials – with six friends. In addition, Ito also started a boutique Hawaiian design firm, Paiea Projects, with two classmates from the Kamehameha Schools. He was the first native Hawaiian editor of a surf publication during his tenure at Free Surf Magazine. Ito gives back to his community as a coach for the Kamehameha Schools Surf Team, and is currently participating in the Pacific Century Fellows program.




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