#galswithLEI Forum

Keynote # Workshops # Open Space # Reception

East-West Center's IMIN Conference Center

Thursday, August 4, 2022 | 12:30 – 7:30pm, Hawaii

Please check back regularly for updates on registration, workshop panelists and other #galswithLEI details!


It is the East-West Center’s intention to benefit and celebrate women innovators and entrepreneurs in our Hawaii community and throughout the Asia Pacific region by creating a space, which enhances and encourages Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Inspiration. As such, the #galswithLEI Forum is not your typical event; rather it is provocative, purposeful, and collaborative. #galswithLEI offers a keynote panel and six interactive workshops focused on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Inspiration followed by an attendee driven open space forum and a networking reception featuring local female chefs. Panelists and attendees include invited experts, local established women leaders, bold millennials, and the Changing Faces Women - connecting and integrating the experience, ambition, and passion of all those in attendance.

In developing this year's keynote and workshop themes, The #gals team wanted to recognize the frustration we and many women across the globe are feeling about the myriad ways misogyny, exclusion, inequity, and gendered tropes continue to exist, to impact our lives as women, and to limit our advancement and basic rights. In short, we were creating from a place of frustration about whether we are progressing or regressing, and you'll see that reflected in this year’s intentionally provocative titles. Join us as we try to make sense of the times, the struggles, and the language to be reclaimed. 




Forum - inc. workshops, open space & reception

12:30 - 7:30pm


Forum Group Rate (group code required, contact coordinator)

12:30 - 7:30pm


Forum Student w/ID - inc. workshops, reception & open space

12:30 - 7:30pm









12:30 – 1:00pm             REGISTRATION


1:00 – 2:15pm               WELCOME & KEYNOTE PANEL

#galswithLEI Keynote:  Uppity Women
Cascading global crises and opportunistic political leaders at home and abroad are challenging societal progress on gender roles and definitions of masculinity and femininity, eroding hard-fought gains in women’s workforce participation, reproductive funding and choice, and renormalizing  misogynistic and discriminatory language at the highest levels. This seeming backward slide has left women across the globe struggling to understand the times, the struggle, and the language to be reclaimed. Join uppity women leading change in discussing whether women are gaining ground in representation, rights, equality, and voice or whether we are seeing a retrenchment of patriarchy, and what can be done individually and collectively to challenge systemic gender discrimination and empower and advance women globally.

Moderator: Annalisa BURGOS, Reporter & Weekend Anchor, Hawaii News Now, Hawaii, USA @AnnalisaBurgos 

  • Khara JABOLA-CAROLUS, Executive Director, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Hawaii, USA IG: @HawaiiCSW
  • Robin MORGAN, Feminist Icon, Poet, Novelist & Author, The Word of a Woman, and Syndicated Radio Host, WMCLive with Robin Morgan, New York, USA @TheRobinMorgan
  • Toshiko NAKANO, Assembly Member, Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka, Japan 


2:30 – 3:30 pm              WORKSHOP SESSION 1

#galswithLeadership:  Now Every Office Can Have One!
Women make up 46.9% of the global labor force but represent only 2.6% CEOs at Fortune Globe 500 companies – and all are white. This leaky pipeline of women in leadership is due, in part, to poor access to the training, mentoring, networks, and information resources necessary to progress in their careers or grow their businesses. Learn from women engaged in empowering others as they discuss different models and best practices for incorporating training, mentoring, and networking opportunities into an organization as well as how individuals might effectively seek out mentors and build professional networks.  

Moderator: Lilly NAMUNU, Founder & Managing Director, Skills Centered Learning, Alotau, Papua New Guinea

  • Meli JAMES, Cofounder, Mana Up and President, Hawaii Venture Capital Association, Hawaii, USA IG: @manauphawaii
  • Colleen MCALUNEY, Director, Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership, YWCA of O’ahu, Hawaii, USA @ywcaoahu
  • Mahina PAISHON-DUARTE, Co-founder & CEO, Waiwai Collective, Hawaii, USA IG: @waiwaicollective
  • Kiyono Yagami SAKAKIBARA, Founder & CEO, Manabiyamom Inc., Nagoya, Japan


#galswithEntrepreneurship:  It's Not Easy Being Green
Enacted in 1963, the Clean Air Act marked the first of a series of influential environmental legislative protections, which would be followed in the early 1970s by the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, numerous environmental non-profits, and Earth Day. Since that time, green growth policies, environmental stewardship, and the creation of a more sustainable economy have become often mentioned goals of governments, nonprofits, and businesses. But it’s not easy being green. Discover how leading businesses and organizations create competitive advantages by successfully “greening” their everyday operations through sustainable supply chains, energy efficiencies, reduced waste, and sharing these stories to increase sales and strengthen communities. 

Moderator: Tina KEKOOLANI, Owner & Creative Director, Haleakala Supah Shots, Hawaii, USA  

  • Mahwish AFRIDI, Founder & Executive Director, Femonics Pvt. Ltd., Jhelum, Pakistan 
  • Alexia AKBAY, Founder & CEO, Symbrosia, Hawaii, USA @symbrosia ​​
  • Ruth CROSS, Board Member, Kindling Kiribati –Small Business Development, Tarawa, Kiribati 
  • Kelly Tanaka KING, Co-Founder, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, and Maui County Councilmember, Hawaii, USA IG: @pacificbiodiesel
  • Sara SMITH, Founder & CEO, Wrappily, Hawaii, USA IG: @wrappily


#galswithInspiration:  Hysterical Women
Female hysteria was once considered a common and chronic medical diagnosis, with described symptoms often synonymous with normal functioning female sexuality. Later in the 1950s and 1960s, pharmaceuticals were aggressively marketed to women using gendered tropes–the neurotic singleton, the frazzled housewife, the joyless career woman, the menopausal shrew–as “fixes” to what historian and author Andrea Tone dryly describes in The Age of Anxiety  as “the problem of being female.” Be inspired by mental health experts and advocates who are challenging mental health taboos and gendered language, normalizing self-care, and addressing a growing teen mental health crisis.  

Moderator: Deborah EDIRISINGHE, Founder & Director, Child Action Lanka, Kandy, Sri Lanka

  • Neilani SIATINI-VALENCIA, Owner & Therapist, Neilani Siatini Valencia, LCSW LLC, Hawaii, USA
  • Courtney TRACY, Psychotherapist, Podcast Host, HUMAN First, and Mental Health Content Creator, The Truth Doctor, California, USA IG: @the.truth.doctor


3:30 – 4:00 pm              COFFEE BREAK


4:15 – 5:15 pm              WORKSHOP SESSION 2

#galswithLeadership:  Wallpapering Woke
Organizations that prioritize an ethos of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have a competitive edge in attracting and retaining top talent, and typically see higher employee engagement and improved productivity. Businesses and non-profits alike are increasingly announcing their commitment to DEI, launching committees, and hiring coordinators. To be more than a performative wallpapering over “business as usual,” the integration and implementation of DEI requires a multi-pronged approach that recognizes the value of diverse voices and centers inclusivity, and employee wellbeing, belonging, and growth as central facets of organizational success. Learn from thought leaders as they discuss best practices in creating and integrating DEI strategies into the workplace, building inclusive and adaptable communities, and achieving cultural transformation.

Moderator: Ayanna ZAHRA, CEO, Ayanna Denise Ltd. Co., New Mexico, USA

  • Sophie HALLIDAY, Co-founder & Educator, Shanti Alliance, Hawaii, USA IG: @shantialliance
  • Haruka NAKASE, Representative Director, ViVarsity, Okazaki, Japan 
  • Janelle REIKO SASAKI, EY Global Women Athletes Business Network Leader and Director of Brand, Marketing and Communications, EY Japan, Tokyo, Japan @Japan_EY 
  • Nora SWANN, Founder, Nora Swann Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
  • Beth WHITEHEAD, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, American Savings Bank, Hawaii, USA IG: @asbhawaii


#galswithEntrepreneurship:  A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen
Deeply rooted in expressions of identity, values, and way of life, food has long been considered a form of cultural heritage. Through its cultivation, preparation, and consumption, food both creates and preserves social bonds while simultaneously delineating and excluding communities. The evolution of these relationships with food have also challenged and reinforced traditional gender roles and values. Discover how women restaurateurs and others have made a commitment to food as cultural heritage and the preservation of sustainable practices as both meaningful and profitable.

    Moderator: Norkhalila Mae MAMBUAY-CAMPONG, Co-owner & Manager, Babu Kwan’s Restaurant, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

    • Patti CHANG, Co-founder & CEO, Feed the Hunger Fund, California/Hawaii, USA
    • Isabella “Bella” HUGHES, Co-founder & Head of Mission, Shaka Tea and Co-founder, Hawaii FoundHer, Hawaii, USA IG: @drinkshaketea
    • Junghyang “Jessie” KIM, Founder & CEO, Jessie Kitchen, Seoul, South Korea
    • Robynne MAII, 2022 James Beard Award Winner & Chef Owner, Fête, Hawaii, USA IG: @fetehawaii 
    • Marlienna “Nana” SUWITO, CEO, Heavenlynest Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia 
    • Lee Anne WONG, Chef Partner, Koko Head Café, Hawaii, USA IG: @leeannewong


    #galswithInspiration:  Braless, Brainless Broads
    A 1968 protest against the Miss America beauty pageant sparked the iconic - and mythical - image of the "bra-burning feminist.” A group of women hurled mops, girdles, nylons, lipsticks, and high heels, but no bras, into a "Freedom Trash Can," symbolically throwing away female beauty expectations and societal stereotypes of a woman's place. While feminists of this era inspired unprecedented economic, political, and societal changes, they were also trivialized as “braless, brainless broads” by Illinois State Legislator Thomas J. Hanahan, among others. The struggle for equal rights and to be taken seriously continues. Be inspired as women advocating and organizing for policy and social change offer best practices on how to build a grassroots movement, sustain engagement, and attract media attention.

    Moderator: Gantuya TSEDENBAL, Co-Owner & CFO, Prost LLC, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    • Rachel O'LEARY CARMONA, Executive Director, Women’s March, Washington, DC, USA IG: @rach_carmona
    • Anna CHUA, Red Hill Organizer, Sierra Club Hawaii, Hawaii, USA
    • Carmen PEREZ, President & CEO, The Gathering for Justice and National Co-chair, Women’s March on Washington 2017, New York, USA IG: gather4justice
    • Su Chuan “Dora” YEN, Co-founder & COO, YC Consultants Ltd., Taichung City, Taiwan


    5:30 – 6:15 pm              OPEN SPACE

    Open Space is chaotic, productive, and fun! There is no keynote speaker, no set schedule of workshops, no panel discussions, and no exhibit booths. Instead, anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on an issue of common concern and interest to women entreprenuers, writes it down on "The Marketplace of Ideas" during either registration or the coffee break. #galswithLEI facilitators will curate suggested topics and combine similar ideas to create several discussion groups. You will then self-organize into the discussion group of interest to you. And if, after being in a group you are no longer interested, you are free to wander over to another.

     A whirlwind of activity is guided by a handful of simple Open Space principles:

    • Whoever comes are the right people.
    • Whatever happens is the only thing that could happen.
    • Whenever it starts is the right time.
    • When it is over it is over.


    6:15 – 7:30 pm              NETWORKING RECEPTION

    Networking reception with hosted bar, light pupus, and desserts prepared by local female chefs and artisans. Join us in sampling the delicious and innovative creations of these featured chefs:

    • TBD, Koko Head Café,  Hawaii, USA
    • Ale CRUZ KLEIN, Co-owner, Nosh,  Hawaii, USA 
    • Bev LUK, Pastry Chef, Namikaze, Hawaii, USA
    • Kristene MOON, Executive Sous Chef, Pig & the Lady, Hawaii, USA
    • Stacey SCHILLER, Co-owner, Nosh,  Hawaii, USA



    The Hawaii IMIN International Conference Center is located at 1777 East West Road on the East-West Center campus. From Dole Street, turn left on East West Road, and the IMIN Conference Center will be on the right.



    #galswithLEI Global

    #galswithLEI Global celebrates the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Inspiration of women business and social entrepreneurs in generating jobs and strengthening communities amid a watershed moment of unprecedented disruption and change. #galswithLEI Global leverages the East-West Center’s unique access to the world’s policymakers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and artists – virtually uniting these global forces with Hawaii’s women leaders to harness their collective experience, ambition, and passion.  

    Scheduled to run bi-monthly from March 2021 – September 2022, #galswithLEI Global will offer a 75-minute keynote panel and attendee-driven open space designed to address today’s critical concerns, identify innovative solutions, and build networks of support for women business and social entrepreneurs, corporate and non-profit managers, and other community leaders across the United States and the Asia Pacific. #galswithLEI Global is welcoming and respectful to women including trans women and those who identify as nonbinary gender non-conforming. Speakers and trainers will reflect the industry, generational, and regional diversity of our audience, and their keynote remarks will be recorded. In order to ensure attendee engagement, registration is limited.


    Upcoming #galsGlobal

    More information coming soon, p;ease check back later! 


    Format and Protocols


    Previous #galsGlobal

    Leading from the Frontlines of Change

    Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 3:30 – 4:45pm, Hawaii

    Changing careers can be difficult for anyone, but the transition out of active-duty service to a new career in the civilian space can be particularly challenging, especially for women. According to LinkedIn’s recent Women Veteran Opportunity Report, underemployment for American women veterans is 18% higher than for non-veteran women and 22% higher than for veterans overall. Additionally, it takes women veterans three months longer, on average, to find employment and when hired, are paid 30% less than their male counterparts. Finding a job or repurposing your career means learning how to capitalize on your skills and strengths, and translating them into job attributes. Most employers and recruiters, however, focus on titles, job history and years of experience in the field rather than skills-based hiring practices and, as such, may not recognize or understand the value of diverse experiences. For women veterans, leadership and management experience, resilience, adaptability, work ethic, self-discipline, teamwork, and professionalism, are just some of the positive attributes and skills that translate well to the workplace and can traverse nearly every industry. With change also comes opportunity and despite the challenges women face when changing their careers, there is also the opportunity to pave the way and inspire others to find new purpose and achieve their aspirations. Learn from veterans and active-duty women as they discuss successfully transitioning to post-service civilian careers as well as from non-combat to frontline roles within the military. Panelists will also offer best practices in leveraging specific skills and experiences into new career pathways, self-advocacy, and encouraging employers to source untapped potential and a more diverse talent pool. 

    Panelists(listed in speaking order)

    • Suzanne Puanani VARES-LUM, President, East-West Center, Hawaii, USA @EastWestCenter
    • Gloria JUMAMIL-MERCADO PhD, MNSA, Undersecretary, Office of the Presidential Adviser, Manila, Philippines
    • Mitchelene BIGMAN, Founder & President, Native American Women Warriors, Hollywood, Florida, USA @nawwusa
    • Jennifer WITTWER, Chair, Women Veterans Australia and Author, Against the Wind: How Women Can Be Their Authentic Selves in Male-Dominated Professions, Canberra, Australia @jawittwer


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    To view the webinar via YouTube, please click on the video below or the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F12RMUFvhnI    

    Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this event and sharing program information with their communities.

     Leveling the Playing Field: Women in Sports

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 3:30 – 5:00pm, Hawaii

    Women are faced with barriers and inequality in nearly every industry and sports is no exception. From disparity in pay and working conditions to unequal opportunities for leadership, representation, visibility, media coverage, and sponsorship, there is a stark gender imbalance that spans the world of sports. While compensation for women in sports has improved over the past decade, the gender gap continues to extend from college athletes to the world’s highest paid players. In professional sports, male athletes across the industry make anywhere from 15 to 100 percent more than women athletes. Only two women appeared on Forbes’ 2021 list of the world’s top 100 earners, and women’s sports receives only 4-6 percent of all sports media coverage. In college sports, a recent gender equity review of the NCAA found that spending per Division I player is $1,700 less for women than men in team sports and the gap is even greater for single-player sports. The review also found that the NCAA lacks the proper infrastructure for equal sponsorship and support for both men’s and women’s athletics. As the world prepares to watch and celebrate its athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics, it’s hard to overstate the potential impact sports can make far beyond the playing field, and while women athletes lead the fight for parity and representation, their efforts also serve as a catalyst for progressing gender equity in the workplace. Hear from women athletes, leaders, and advocates as they discuss the issues of inequality affecting marginalized athletes; their efforts to improve the visibility of women, LGBTQI+ and para-athletes in sports; and best practices for advancing and promoting gender equity. Panelists will also explore opportunities to challenge the status quo and inspire other women to become leaders in the world of sport and beyond.  

    Panelists(listed in speaking order)

    • Alyssa NAKKEN, Assistant Coach, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco, California, USA @SFGiants
    • Paige ALMS, 2x Women’s Surf League Big Wave World Champion and Co-founder, Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, Haiku, Hawaii, USA @paigealms
    • Melodie ROBINSON, General Manager, Sports and Events, TVNZ and Founder, The Wonderful Group, Auckland, New Zealand @anicemelodie 
    • Kara WINGER, 4x Olympic Javelin Thrower and Director of Athlete Services, Parity, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA @karathrowsjav
    • Kaoru NAKAYAMA, Secretary General and Founder, Para Can, Chiba, Japan
    • Anne LIEBERMAN, 3x National Champion Muay Thai Fighter and Director of Policy & Programs, Athlete Ally, Brooklyn, New York, USA @anneliebs


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    To view the webinar via YouTube, please click on the video below or the following link: youtu.be/K8nmtHCTRwA.

     Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this event and sharing program information with their communities.

    Investment & Change for Minority & Women-Owned Businesses

    Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 3:30 – 4:45pm, Hawaii

    Small businesses have long been touted as the lifeblood of the global economy. Representing 90% of businesses worldwide, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are important contributors to local and national job creation, innovation, and tax revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn, however, hit SMEs exceptionally hard, particularly those owned by women and minorities. According to the Global State of Small Business Report which surveyed 35,000 small business owners across 27 countries, women-led small businesses were 6% more likely to close compared to their men-led counterparts while minority-owned businesses were disproportionately affected and suffered from a higher rate in closures, reduced employment, and a sharper decline in revenue. Although governments across the globe acted swiftly to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, women and minority-led businesses experienced greater difficulty accessing financial assistance and continue to face an unequal path to recovery. With the number of women and minority-owned businesses rapidly growing in recent years, these businesses play a vital role in community development and help contribute diversity to the business landscape. Their ability to acquire information, build networks, and access human and financial capital is critically important to promoting economic growth and opportunity, and their success is at the heart of an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economic recovery. Learn from experts, investors, and businesses leaders as they discuss the state of women and minority-owned businesses, the challenges they have faced, and the collaborative efforts and supportive measures needed for women and minority-owned businesses to not only survive, but thrive in the new post-COVID economy. Panelists will also provide insight on how to expand professional networks and access more diverse types of financing.

    Panelists(listed in speaking order)

    • Pocket SUN, Founding Partner, SoGal Ventures, Singapore @pocketysun
    • Anna GUENTHER, CEO, PledgeMe and Changing Faces Seminar Alum, Wellington, New Zealand @where_is_anna
    • Sruti BHARAT, Interim CEO, All Raise and Co-Founder, FutureMap, San Francisco, California, USA @srutful
    • Marla Momi MUSICK, Business Development Manager, YWCA Oahu MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA @mbda.ewoc.ywca.oahu


    • Ayanna FREEMAN, CEO, Ayanna Denise Ltd. Co. and Changing Faces Seminar Alum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

    Roundtable Discussant:

    • Cammie CHUN, Financial and SWOT Counselor, YWCA Oahu MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA @mbda.ewoc.ywca.oahu

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    To view the webinar via YouTube, please click on the video below or the following link: youtu.be/mBUZp3NWWb8.

     Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this event and sharing program information with their communities.

     A Better Balance:  The Fight for Family Leave

    Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 3:30 – 4:45pm, Hawaii

    The resilience of businesses and organizations around the world has been increasingly challenged by the competition for talent and employee retention. Those challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which left millions without a job and exaggerated the competing personal and professional burdens experienced by caregiving employees. In the United States alone, 1 in 5 Americans reported leaving their job due to care obligations, and 1 in 4 women said that they were considering reducing their roles at work or leaving the workforce entirely. In recent years, employers have reported that one of the key differentiators for attracting and retaining employees and ensuring positive employee morale has been workplace flexibility and an equitable and inclusive leave policy. A recent study by the Pew Research Center, for example, found that employees are four times as likely to leave their job if paid leave or flexible work isn’t provided. A common concern amongst opponents of paid family leave is the economic and logistical cost it would impose on employers. Numerous economic studies have shown, however, that the impact on employers is minimal, and a vast majority have reported a positive effect on employee productivity and morale. While these policies have gradually expanded over the past few decades with the private sector taking the lead in the absence of government mandates, the pandemic has brought increased visibility to and amplified the need for family-care benefits. It has also revealed how flexible work policies could change the way we work forever, and for the betterment of women globally. Hear paid family leave experts and advocates discuss the challenges and inequitable distribution of caregiving, the benefits of paid leave, and why employers and policymakers should embrace policies that allow employees to balance career and family during the pandemic and beyond. Finally, share ideas for advancing paid family leave regionally and across the globe during the optional Open Space discussion. 

    Panelists(listed in speaking order)

    • Machiko OSAWA, Professor Emeritus, Japan Women's University and Author, Why There Are So Few Women Managers in the Japanese Workplace, Tokyo, Japan
    • Sue MORONEY, Former Member of New Zealand Parliament and CEO, Community Law Centres o Aotearoa, Wellington, New Zealand @suemoroney
    • Nancy NGOU, Associate Partner, EY Strategy & Consulting Co., Ltd, Tokyo, Japan @Japan_EY
    • Cathy BETTS, Director, Department of Human Services, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


    • Christina Marie SABLAN, Representative, Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature and Changing Faces Seminar Alum, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands @reptinasablan

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    Thank you to the following organization for supporting this event and sharing program information with their community.

    Indigenous Voices, Indigenous Environmentalism

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:00pm, Hawaii

    Indigenous peoples, who comprise just 5% of the world’s population, contribute significantly to the world’s environmental diversity as more than 80 % of the world’s remaining biodiversity are found within their lands. As such, climate change poses a dire and immediate threat to the survival of Indigenous people worldwide, due to their dependence upon and close relationship with the environment and its resources. Preservation of the environment, transmitted as traditions of generational stewardship, is at the center of their existence, identity and culture. With traditional ceremonial practices rooted in the interconnectedness of the environment and people, Indigenous environmentalism offers perspectives on climate issues that underscore social and economic equity. The newest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, in fact, states that there is “high agreement that Indigenous knowledge is critical for adaptation.” Within Indigenous communities worldwide, women have been and continue to be at the forefront of grassroots movements to secure land and territorial rights and equitable representation globally. Indigenous women have successfully defended their lands, territories and natural resources from private and government interests through advocacy and concerted, collective action, while developing coping strategies and mechanisms to minimize the impact of climate change. Indigenous women are, thus, critical allies in climate change adaptation and mitigation. Join Indigenous women leaders, environmentalists and activists representing Native American, Filipino, Indonesian Dayak and Native Hawaiian communities in giving voice to the importance and value of adaptive practices and processes, sustainable management and use of natural resources, and collaborative efforts across Indigenous communities globally in addressing environmental degradation and climate change.

    Keynote Speaker:

    • Heidi TODACHEENE, Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA

    Panelists: (listed in speaking order)

    • Dina GILIO-WHITAKER, Author, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock and Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos, San Clemente, California, USA @DinaGWhit
    • Joan CARLING, Co-convener, Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development, Baguio City, Philippines @JoanCarling
    • Emmanuela SHINTA, Filmmaker, When Women Fight & KAHARAPEN and Founder & Director, Ranu Welum Foundation, Kalimantan, Indonesia @EmmanuelaShin
    • Ulalia WOODSIDE, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi and Palmyra, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA @UlaliaWoodside


    • Stephine POSTON, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Poston& Associates LLC and Changing Faces Seminar Alum, Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, USA @SandiaPoston

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    Normalizing the Conversation: Women's Health & Sexuality

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:00pm, Hawaii

    Women’s health and sexuality are frequently stigmatized and taboo subjects worldwide. Words related to menstruation, reproductive health, sex and sexual health, menopause, and LGBTQI health and sexuality, are routinely censored, and critical conversations silenced. Women of all ages, across the globe, are made to feel self-conscious, ashamed and afraid of discovering their bodies, sexual feelings and behaviors, preventing them from seeking adequate support and medical care for their health and sexual concerns. Join experts and advocates in literature, health, and civil society in challenging stigmas and normalizing women's health and sexuality. Hear as they dispel some of the most harmful myths concerning women' health and sexuality and discuss their own efforts to catalyze a culture of openness in how women understand and discuss their bodies.

    Panelists: (listed in speaking order)

    • Mabel WONG MD, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of Women’s Health, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, Hawaii, USA @KPHawaii
    • Kristen TRACY, Author, Lost It, Los Angeles, CA, USA @kristen_tracy
    • Asuka SOMEYA, Chairperson, PILCON, Tokyo, Japan @pilc0n
    • Brenda R. ALEGRE, PhD, Lecturer, Gender Studies, The University of Hong Kong and Member, Board of Directors, The Society of Transsexual Women Advocates of the Philippines (STRAP), Hong Kong @strap_org


    • Radziah MOHD RADZI, President, Sisterhood Alliance and Changing Faces Alum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    To view the webinar via YouTube, please click on the video below or the following link: youtu.be/fI-iB5ylmB8.

    Shecession: The Pandemic’s Impact on Working Women

    Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:00pm, Hawaii

    The economic downturn triggered by COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on women, leading some economists to deem the crisis a “shecession.” A recent analysis by the McKinsey Global Institute found that although women comprise only 39% of the global workforce, they make up 54% of overall job losses and their jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to the crisis than men. Reasons for this unique impact include women leaving the workforce due to child-care responsibilities, the lack of flexible work options, and steep job losses in female dominated industries. The recession threatens to erase years of economic gains and societal progress for women as women respond to these challenges by reducing their hours or dropping out of the labor market. Hear from economists and experts as they discuss how the pandemic has affected working women across the globe; the systemic inequities that led to the “shecession;" what can be done to mitigate the economic effects of the crisis; and the challenges and opportunities ahead as the world works towards building a resilient and inclusive economy.

    Panelists: (listed in speaking order)

    • Anita BHATIA, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women, New York City, New York, USA @abhatiaunwomen
    • Ariane HEGEWISCH, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, DC, USA @ArianeIWPR
    • Ishanaa RAMBACHAN, Partner, McKinsey & Company, San Francisco, CA, USA @McKinsey
    • Khara JABOLA-CAROLUS, Executive Director, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA @HawaiiCSW


    • Ginger VAUGHN, Lecturer, Rice University, and Changing Faces Alumna, Houston Texas, USA

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    The East-West Center is proud to partner with Hub Coworking Hawaii, Under My Umbrella, Blue Startups, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Lab, WE Empower, JWLI Ecosystem and Pacific Business News on #GalswithLEI Global.


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