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We hope you will join us every other month for our lunch meetings. Each meeting
features an inspiring speaker from the private or public sector.

November 6, 2017 -- Guest Speaker

Connie Mitchell Executive Director of the Institute of Human Services (IHS)

Connie Mitchell

Executive Director of the Institute of Human Services (IHS)

Connie Mitchell joined IHS, The Institute for Human Services as Executive Director in 2006.  IHS is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive human services agency focused exclusively on ending and preventing homelessness in Hawaii.  Born and raised in Hawaii, Mitchell earned a BS and MSN in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Her professional experience includes managing a physicisn’s practice, accreditation preparation, program development, outcome evaluation and policies and procedure development.


Mitchell’s diverse career includes financial planning, pastoral work, teaching mental health nursing at UH, and healthcare management with expertise in nursing and mental health.  Nursing has always served as the lens through which she has served vulnerable and underserved populations. Woven into her efforts to end homelessness is a strong passion for social and environmental justice, advocacy for cross-sector collaboration, building more effective bridges between services systems and ultimately a values-based approach. During her 10-year tenure at IHS she has expanded programs to serve some of the most challenging homeless subpopulations including chronic homeless individuals with disabilities such as acute and chronic conditions, mental illness and substance abuse, families experiencing domestic violence, those released from incarceration, and working families trying to resettle in Hawaii or on the brink of homelessness.


Mitchell currently serves locally on the Board of Directors for EPIC Ohana, and is a member of the Hawaii Workforce Development Council. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California where they have recently established Ignite!: A Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation that is on the forefront of national dialogue about the intersection of theology and change-making in our world today.


Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma St.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RSVP due by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 6th to:

Check payable to OWL for $45 for each guest & mail to:
516 Kawaihae St. #E
Honolulu, HI 96825-1240

Phone:  808-394-3451 | Fax: 808-395-4417 |  

2017 Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates

November 6 - Halekulani Hotel

Membership luncheons are generally held on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Meetings are usually held at the Pacific Club, but locations will be confirmed prior to the meeting.

Accepting Nominations

The OWL Board encourages our members to start early considering nominations  for the 2017 OWL Outstanding Woman Leader of the Year.  The winners will be announced at our annual meeting on November 6th. In keeping with OWL's original purpose of bringing together the public and private sectors, we would like to present awardees in both the public and private sector.

Criteria to be honored include excellent leadership in one’s profession, in community service, and as a role model for other women. The OWL Woman of the Year should be an OWL member in good standing for the calendar year in which the award is given.

Please download the nomination form and email to President Julie Arigo at
DUE DATE:  October 9, 2017.

Wahine Forum

Thursday, October 26, 7:30am - 4:30pm
Hilton Hawaiian Village

OWL ladies are encouraged to attend Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s annual conference promoting leadership and career development for women. OWL will be partnering once again, by hosting a booth at this event.  

Use the OWL member promo code below for a discount when you register.  Visit

  • Click on “REGISTER” green button
  • Click on “Enter Promotional Code”
  • Enter Code: OWL-WF17
  • Complete registration