Leadership – July 1, 2019

Leadership Conference 2019

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

Fine Tune Your Negotiation Skills


Scott Hogle, Senior Vice President of Sales, iHeart Media and Best-Selling Author of PERSUADE

Scott Hogle is an author, speaker, and 25+ year broadcast executive. He is Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeart Media and a founding member of the John Maxwell Team. His newest book PERSUADE, Hawaiʻi’s Best Selling Business book, shares insights and intelligence from successful local executives. Scott has trained, coached, and raised up talent to bring organization excellence domestically and internationally in corporate, private, and non-profit sectors. He lives in Honolulu with his wife and two sons. 


Unyong Nakata, MBA, CFRE, Executive Director of Development, Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Unyong leads the Shidler Advancement Team that manages alumni relations, fundraising, communications, events, and stewardship.  Through her partnership of 10 years with Dean Roley, they have raised over $260 million for the Shidler College of Business’ students, faculty, and programs.  Strategic partnerships, program development, board development, alumni outreach, and donor-centric stewardship are among Unyong’s strengths.  Unyong has been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii as the “Young Professional of the Year,” by Pacific Business News for “Women Who Mean Business” and “Forty Under 40,” by the AFP – Aloha Chapter as the “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year,” and by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the “20 for the next 20.”  Unyong is proud to serve on the boards of the Bizgenics Foundation, the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals, and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.


Emily Reber Porter, Chief Operating Officer, The MacNaughton Group

Emily is The MacNaughton Group’s Chief Operating Officer, having joined the company in 2015 after 15 years of legal and business experience in Honolulu, San Francisco and Washington D.C. as a law firm litigator, in-house counsel and executive at a technology company.  At The MacNaughton Group, Emily works closely with the CEO and her colleagues sourcing, planning and executing real estate development and investment projects.  She also serves as an officer and board member of The MacNaughton Group Foundation, as a board member of Child and Family Service and Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation, and on the advisory boards of UH Ventures LLC and Ho`ola Na Pua.  Emily grew up in Hawaiʻi and attended Punahou School.  She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship in Japan.  She was recognized as a “Corporate Counsel Rising Star” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015, a “Woman to Watch” by Pacific Business News in 2017, a “20 for the Next 20” by Hawaii Business Magazine in 2018 and a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Hawaii in 2019.


Nathan Okubo, Partner, Cades Schutte

Nathan Okubo is a partner with the law firm of Cades Schutte LLP where he practices in the areas of real estate, banking, and land use.  In 2017, Nathan became the youngest partner in the Firm’s 95-year history to be elected to serve on the Firm’s Management Committee, which is charged with managing Hawaii’s largest law firm of over 70 attorneys and over 60 employees.   Nathan has been recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the “20 for the Next 20″, and in the Best Lawyers in America® list recognizing the top lawyers in the country.


Moderator: Meli James, Co-Founder, Mana Up & President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association.

Meli James is a co-founder of Mana Up, an initiative designed to build Hawaiʻi’s next generation of CEOs in the retail and food product industry.  Mana Up hosts a 12-week accelerator program offered biannually to enable Hawaiʻi product entrepreneurs to scale their businesses. Additionally, she is president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Previously, Meli brought her Silicon Valley startup experience to Hawaiʻi accelerators Blue Startups and University of Hawaiʻi’s XLR8UH. James founded her first company, Nirvino, a #1 ranked wine app, an Apple Platform Top 100 App, and Top Ten Lifestyles App in 2007. In 2016, she was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of five Women to Watch. In 2017, she was recognized again by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of eight Women Leaders Who Are Disrupting Entrepreneurship. Meli is a graduate of Punahou School and Cornell University.


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