Sharon Narimatsu, who worked for City Hall and Shirleyanne Chew, then with Hawaiian Telephone Company, met at a reception and found they had common concerns as professional women. Inspired by this chance meeting, the two agreed that women in government and business careers needed a forum to network.
At their invitation, 15 women leaders from government and business gathered at the Amfac Tower on June 27, 1984, to brainstorm about such an organization, which they strongly agreed was important. They decided the group would provide a network among decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and be a forum for them to share ideas, information, and support. They agreed it would be neither political nor fund-raising in nature.
Thus, their chance meeting gave birth to the Organization of Women Leaders, a networking group that shares information and offers support among professional women in the community. On August 3, 1984, officers were elected. The first membership directory listed 56 women.
1985 Sharon Narimatsu 1986 Shirleyanne Chew
1987 Barbara Marumoto 1988 Linda “Fritz” McKenzie
1989 Suzanne Peterson 1990 Ramona Mullahey
1991 Faith Evans 1992 Gitta Covey
1993 Pauline Namuo 1994 Joyce Ingram-Chinn
1995 Carol Costa 1996 Stephanie Saito
1997 Jeanette Takamura 1998 Claire Cooper
1999 Sharon Narimatsu 2000 Karen Nakamura
2001 Peggy Hong 2002 Kelly Walsh
2003 Pearl Imada-Iboshi 2004 Michelle Kakazu
2005 Janice Nielsen 2006 Barbra Pleadwell
2007 Shelley Wilson 2008 Linda Dias
2009 Pamela Martin 2010 Linda Nakamura
2011 Mimi Beams 2012 Stacia Murray
2013 Tracie Young 2014 Kathleen Perkins
2015 Julie Inouye 2016 Kate Braden
2017 Julie Arigo
Meet our Board
The last event of the year is upon us which means that my year as president is officially coming to an end. Thank you to everyone who embraced this year’s theme of “Legacy.” I enjoyed welcoming you all to the meetings, quizzing you all on “What’s new with OWL?” Or asking “What do all the different name tags mean?” Each President brings a different style to the OWL year and I had fun being loud and crazy!
The fall OWL mixer at the Outrigger Country Club was another success. Many took notes at the workshop “The Art of Public Speaking” presented by Pene Paik. We also heard from our pau hana sponsor, Linda Puu RN, from Kaiser Permanente. There were a ton of great giveaway prizes such as: Halekulani Spa Gift card, 2 Chanel perfumes, Kaiser Permanente gift bag, DoTerra diffuser plus oils, 12th Avenue Grill gift card, Acuputure gift cert, a wellness package and a cool wineglass! Thank you to all the members and one guest who brought these amazing giveaways to our pau hana event! Pictures will be on our OWL Facebook page. Be sure to like it.
At our final meeting on Monday, Nov 5, we will be honoring two amazing women in the public and private sectors as our OWL Women of the Year. This award is a great way to reward an OWL member for being an outstanding woman! As a reminder, this meeting will be held at the Halekulani Hotel where Police Chief Ballard will be our guest speaker. She is the first female Police Chief in the State of Hawaii. We are fortunate to have such a prominent person to end our 2018 year. For those of you who have Facebook, the Hawaii Police Department participated in the lip sync challenge. Here is the link: https://bit.ly/2NGSJSu
Finally, thank you for the opportunity to be your 2018 OWL President. I have enjoyed the journey.
The OWL President 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 on the mission of OWL.
Please don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about OWL and get answers to any questions you may have about our organization.