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Women’s Leadership Summit in Hawaii from February 13-15, 2014

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation presents the inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit in Hawaii from Thursday, Feb. 13, to Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.


The event partners include Chez Kensei, Hawaii United Okinawa Association, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, Japan America Society of Hawaii, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Sakura Foundation, Tilia Co., Ltd. and United Japanese Society of Hawaii.


The three-day event includes a welcome reception, all-day leadership conference featuring keynote speaker Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and culminates with a fashion show and luncheon, “Elegance in Paradise,” featuring designs by Keiji Tagawa, Kensei Takeda and Eden in Love/Wedding Café owners, Tanna and Bryson Dang. Boutique sales by various vendors will take place in the foyer on the day of the fashion show.


The summit provides a unique networking opportunity for women from different generations and professions, from throughout Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland and Japan. Five conference sessions will promote dialogue among women on leadership challenges in the workplace and maintaining balance in life.


Former broadcast journalist Barbara J. Tanabe, the first Asian American woman in television news in the United States, will serve as emcee. Summit panel topics include “Leadership and Mentoring,” moderated by Jan Yanehiro with panelists Royanne Doi, Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna and Merle Okawara; Life Balance: “It’s All About Me,” with Alice Inoue; “Changing Faces in the Boardroom,“ moderated by Susan Yamada with panelists Susan Eichor, Kyoko Kimura and Phyllis Campbell; and “Changing the World, Making a Difference,” with Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi.


The fashion show, “Elegance in Paradise,” features the haute couture beaded embroidery gowns of Tokyo-based designer, Keiji Tagawa. Japanese media personalities and celebrities often seek Tagawa’s custom gowns for awards and formal occasions. Also featured will be intricate jewelry designs by Kensei Takeda, owner of Chez Kensei Hair Salon. Informal modeling of outfits from Eden in Love will take place during the luncheon.


Early bird registration for the three-day event is $300. Cost for the Friday summit event alone is $150. Cost to attend the Saturday fashion show is $100. Tables of 10 are also available for $3,000 (reception, summit and show) and $1,000 (fashion show only) or $1,250 (premium seats for the fashion show). Final deadline is Feb. 4. No refunds will be granted after Jan. 31.


For more information or to download registration and payment forms, visit www.jwsf.org.




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