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We hope you will be able to join us for our next luncheon speaker

July 8, 2019

Meli James

Meli James


OWL is excited to have Meli James as our guest speaker for July. Meli is a cofounder at Mana Up, a Hawai'i-based initiative designed to build the state’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, Meli is president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, an organization that seeks to foster entrepreneurial development through education, networking, and access to capital.

Previously, Meli was the program director of Blue Startups and XLR8UH, the University of Hawaiʻi’s (UH’s) venture accelerator focused on mentoring and investing in UH-affiliated innovations.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Meli lived in Silicon Valley for more than 10 years where she co-founded and contributed to numerous start-ups in the Bay Area and Honolulu, including Nirvino, which was a #1 ranked wine app, an Apple Platform Top 100 App, & Top Ten Lifestyles App during its time.

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.

James is a graduate of and Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University.

Next Lunch Meeting:  July 8 at the Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RSVP due by noon on July 2, 2019:  Click here to register by July 2nd

Guests and non-members are $45. Pay by credit card online via registration link or by check payable to:
2766 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96826

Phone:  808-396-1605 |  email:  

Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates

July 8 - Pacific Club (Meli James - Co-Founder, Mana-Up; President, Hawaii Venture Capital Assoc)
September 9 - Pacific Club (Cheryl Oncea - Publisher, Hawaii Business Magazine)
November  4 - Halekulani (Bettina Mehnert, President and Chief Executive Officer, Architects Hawaii)

Annual dues for Jan. through Dec. 2018 is $270.  Dues for 6 months is $150. Payment can also be made by credit card (processing fees apply):  OWL Membership Dues by credit card 

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.

President Pam Harms invites all new members and interested current members to join her before the meeting at 11:15 a.m. for an informal meet and greet, as well as short discussion of the mission of OWL. 

OWL 2018 Outstanding Woman of the Year

Stacia Murray, Ameriprise Financial

Stacia Murray, Ameriprise Financial

Stacia believes in Mentoring Women.  She has been by the side of every OWL President and board member for the past 11 years.  This was important to her to be able to allow other women to grow in leadership roles on the Board while she advised them on the bylaws, running a meeting, discussing previous speakers etc.  Her experience was PRICELESS to all incoming board members.
Her Leadership has not been limited to OWL.  When Stacia was an active member in the Junior League of Honolulu, she worked with fellow OWL member Kathy Perkins on Her Story.  The two of them wanted a way to bring more women together to learn from other women.  They brought in the speaker Lisa Ling, transforming attendance from 150 guests the previous year to 300 attendees.  Their vision turned Her Story into what we know now as the Wahine Forum. 
In the financial industry, Stacia was President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).  It is here where members obtain additional continuing education credits for their respective fields such as financial planners and CPAs.  In her tenure as President, she introduced Wahine Forum to FPA and added an Aging in Place section.  This would allow the FPA to increase their Public Relations and community outreach.  Stacia also wanted to bring in a strong, dynamic woman as Executive Director, to help members with their tracking of continuing education credits and membership lunch meetings.   She brought in Cynthia Takenaka to both FPA and OWL.
Professionally, Stacia is a financial advisor with Hawaii Wealth and Legacy Planning Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.  Stacia started in 2001 and has earned the designations of CFP®, ChFC®, CRPC® and the latest RICP® (Retired Income Chartered Professionals).  All of these are the highest designations in the industry, which shows her dedication to continue her education which will help her clients reach their financial goals. 
Her balance in life:  Eleven years ago, she began to run 2 or 3 miles per day.  This turned into marathons, biathlons and triathlons.  Two years ago, Stacia completed the Ironman in Denmark.  This included a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile Marathon.  She completed this in her best time of 12 hours and 48 min.  Last year, she completed the Hale Ewa Tri, placing 2nd in her age group.  She also hiked Moana Loa which was a 42 mile hike to get up to 13,250 feet, over 3 days and 2 nights. 
Stacia has put milestones in place through her mentorship, work, community.  She has accomplished the highest level of achievement.  She is an amazing OWL Woman of the Year!