Our mission is to develop a network of contacts among women in decision-making positions to promote effectiveness on the job, and professional advancement.


Since 1984...

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.



Past Presidents

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


Valerie Schmidt

Ameriprise Financial Services


Pam Harms
President Elect &
Communications Secretary

U.S. Army


Kristi Bates
VP Programs

'Iolani School


Yvonne Konia
Recording Secretary

Hawaii USA Federal Credit

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Lisa Ma
Director at Large

Xerox Corporation

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Renee Green
VP Programs

University of Phoenix

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Julie Arigo
Past President

Waikiki Parc Hotel  


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Joni Marcello
Director at Large

Meadow Gold Dairies

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Jennifer Grems
VP Membership

Mid-Pacific Institute

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Mona Choy-Beddow
Director at Large

Home Street Bank



Stacia Murray
Director at Large

Ameriprise Financial Services


Ananda Chou

YMCA of Honolulu

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Laura M. Lott
Director at Large

Kaiser Permanente


President's Message

Valerie Schmidt President, Organization of Women Leaders


The Golden Globes held the moment that women and men would wear black as a visual statement against sexual harassment in Hollywood.  The Actors and Actresses wanted to send a message that we no longer want to say "Me Too" but instead say "Time's Up."

As Women Leaders our goal is to be the catalyst for all issues that prevent women, and the young girls that follow us, a chance to thrive into the future.  Our Speaker in March, will challenge us to think of ways to make it better for the future in the specific topic of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

February celebrates the Year of the Dog.  The symbolism of the Dog year is one of loyalty and grounding in living in our truth.  It is no wonder why so many secrets that were held in hiding for so many years, are now in the open.  A new year brings renewal, and hope for the future.  I look forward to seeing you all at our March meeting.  May we all continue to share in the power and energy of Women Leaders!

-- Val  

President Val Schmidt 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.