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We hope you will be able to join us for our OWL Annual Meeting and Luncheon

November 4, 2019

Bettina Mehnert

Bettina Mehnert


Join the Organization of Women Leaders for our OWL Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki on November 4th from 11:30-1:00pm to hear Bettina Mehnert, President and CEO of Architects Hawaii, Ldt.  (AHL).

 A respected visionary and leader, and the first woman President and CEO of AHL, Bettina Mehnert, FAIA, LEED AP is an indomitable force in the evolution and innovation in Hawaii’s architectural sector. Her novel philosophy of practice blends IT solutions, firm culture, client cultivation, and community service as inseparable filaments of professional leadership, keeping her 73-year-old firm firmly faced towards the future. In recognition of her unique management style and leadership, Bettina has been honored with numerous awards and in 2016 was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), a prestigious honor held only by 53 architects in Hawaii since 1948. In 2018, Bettina was appointed by the mayor as one of five commission members of the new Honolulu Climate Change Commission. As the only commissioned member with an architecture and engineering background, Bettina utilizes her expertise in the built environment to advocate for a new era of resiliency.

Join OWL on November 4th to hear Bettina talk about her journey to the heights of leadership in the world of architecture and how she leads and elevates her organization.

Next Lunch Meeting:  November 4, Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RSVP due by noon on October 29, 2019:  Click here to register by October 29.

Guests and non-members are $45. Pay by credit card online via registration link or by check payable to:
2766 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone:  808-396-1605 |  email:  

Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates
November  4 - Halekulani (Bettina Mehnert, President and Chief Executive Officer, Architects Hawaii)

Annual dues for Jan. through Dec. 2019 is $270.  Early bird (pay by Nov. 30) is $260. 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 2019 Outstanding Woman of the Year Awards Public and Private Sectors

OWL is now accepting nominations for the OWL Outstanding Woman Leader of the Year Awards. In keeping with OWL's original purpose of bringing together the public and private sectors, OWL presents awardees in both the public and private sector. The OWL Board encourages our members to start early considering nominations. The winners will be announced at our annual meeting on November 4th.

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 here: Nomination Form
and email to President Pam Harms at
by Friday, October 4, 2019

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!