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HONOLULU, HAWAII – A growing list of women leaders from across the state have joined the Executive Advisory Council for Hawai‘i’s 8th annual International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC), taking place on September 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort. 

Representing a wide variety of industries from education to business to the military, the 15 women of the IWLC Executive Advisory Council are ensuring this annual event, operated by a local 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, is available to all of Hawaii’s women. Among the women donating their time, energy and passion to expand the 2011 IWLC include: 

  • Vivian Aiona
  • Margaret Dudley, US Air Force 
  • Brig. Gen. Ann Greenlee, Hawaii National Guard
  • Kate Hogle, KWME Hawaii
  • Marie Laderta, Hawaii State Judiciary
  • Mary Beth Lohman, Pacific Business News
  • Jill Nakagawa, Goodsil Anderson Quill and Stifel
  • Janice Nielsen, USARPAC
  • Tammy Mori, KHON News
  • Jane Sawyer, Small Business Association
  • Julie Smolinski, Hawaiian Electric Industries
  • Rhonda Toomey, Sheraton Waikiki
  • Marsha Weinert, Sheraton Hawaii
  • Debbie Weil, Weil & Associates
  • Betty White, Sacred Hearts Academy

The IWLC is operated by the registered Hawaii not-for-profit corporation, Hawaii Women’s Conference, whose Board of Directors includes: 

  • Patti Milburn, President – Clear Channel Radio Hawaii 
  • Tammy Kubo, Vice-President and Secretary – Hawaii Pet Nanny 
  • Kathi Thomason, Treasurer – IMS, LLC

This year’s IWLC will host 1,000 women from across the world in a forum where they can share ideas with ten global women leaders, including some of Hawai‘i’s very own. 

Each of the keynote speakers is a renowned leader in her field, which range from business, to military, to non-profit. 

The line-up of speakers for the 2011 IWLC includes:

  • Elim Chew, Founder & President of 77th Street, Singapore’s leading retail chain;
  • Marty Evans, Retired Rear Admiral in US Navy, former Executive Director of Girl Scouts of the USA, and former President & CEO of the American Red Cross;
  • Julie Gilbert, Founder & CEO of WOLF Means Business and former Vice President of Best Buy;
  • Chief Master Sergeant Denise Jelinski-Hall, Senior Enlisted Leader for the National Guard Bureau and former State Senior Enlisted Leader for the Hawaii National Guard;
  • Carolyn Kepcher, former Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization as seen on the popular television show, The Apprentice;
  • Michelle Kristula-Green, Global Head of Human Resources for Leo Burnett Worldwide, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies;
  • Nicole Marquez will share a compelling story of perseverance after surviving a near-fatal accident;
  • Aduei Riak, Sudanese genocide survivor who after experiencing freedom in the United States, has recently experienced being a part of her country gaining independence; 
  • Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine; and 
  • Linda Lingle, Hawaii’s first female governor.

Conference organizers will extend the learning and inspiration opportunities of the conference by hosting a winning delegate for a trip for two to New York City to visit the More magazine offices, meet with the Editor-in-Chief and be a part of the More team for a day.  The winning delegate will name a young woman to accompany her on the trip, ensuring the inspirational experience is shared with a young leader of the next generation.*

The IWLC has been inspiring women in Hawai‘i since 2004, connecting the state with women leaders from around the world.  Delegates leave the conference feeling inspired and motivated, many citing life changing experiences as a result of the event.

To register to attend and for more information regarding the conference, please visit www.hawaiiwomensconference.com. Early registration closes on June 30, 2011.

Interest supporters can find the International Women’s Leadership Conference on Facebook (facebook.com/iwlchi) and Twitter (twitter.com/iwlchawaii).


Submitted by Patti MilburnPresident





  1. In an era of compromise, bipartisanship , and reform, are males allowed to attend the women’s leadership conference ? if so, i would like to attend !

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