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



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


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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

Julie Arigo, President, Organization of Women Leaders

It's November, OWL Members!
We have come upon our last meeting month of the year and approaching the close of 2017. It is also the month in which we give thanks for the blessings of the preceding year. 
We have lots to be grateful for as we have certainly accomplished much! We started the year again as volunteers and participants at the Women's Legislative Caucus, followed by the Women's March, made new and sustained old friendships during the re-launch of our Spring Mixer and again at our annual Fall Mixer, got our new OWL website launched, presented two professional development workshops in our new "Hoot Your Own Horn" series by Barbra Pleadwell, shared OWL again at the annual Wahine Forum, and brought in a great lineup of women leaders as keynote speakers at our membership luncheons! 
At our November luncheon, we will present our Woman of the Year awards to deserving women amongst the OWL membership. It is a day we support our own. If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late! I look forward to ending our year with all of you.
My theme this year was "Empower & Encourage". It is my hope that we were able to deliver this message to our membership with all our year's initiatives. 
OWL members, it has been a pleasure to serve as your 2017 President. I have been empowered and encouraged by all of you. I give thanks to my board members for your commitment to OWL, to supporting me, and most especially for your friendship. 
I am looking forward to working with our 2018 board. Lastly, I wish our new President, Valerie Schmidt, much success as I know she will do a terrific job!
With my sincerest gratitude,
Julie Arigo

President Julie Arigo 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. 

Please don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about OWL and get answers to any questions you may have about our organization.