LeaderLuncheon profile: Marilyn Lee

39th Annual LeaderLuncheon | Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 12-1:30PM | Sheraton Waikiki

Marilyn Lee is a former nurse and state representative. She was elected to the Hawai'i House of Representatives in 1996 and worked in office for 16 years. During her tenure as a representative, Marilyn served four years as majority floor leader and six years as Vice Chair for the House Finance Committee. She also served 12 years as co-chair of the Women's Caucus and Kupuna Caucus. Before her career in politics, Marilyn was a nurse in the United States Navy and worked at Wahiawa General Hospital from 1982-1995. She is currently the O'ahu Commissioner for the Commission on the Status of Women and the President of Soroptimist International of Central O'ahu. 


Q & A with Marilyn Lee

Q: What is your definition of a leader? 

A leader is someone who inspires others to do their best, and takes the lead in difficult situations. A leader is willing to be accountable for her decisions. 

Q: CAN YOU NAME A PERSON WHO HAS HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON YOU AS A LEADER? WHAT DID THEY TEACH YOU?

Patsy Mink is someone who has inspired me in both my community and legislative careers. She encouraged me to be strong and to never give up.

Q: What was the greatest obstacle in your career and how did you overcome it?

Having had more than one career, I do not think there were obstacles that prevented me from achieving my goals. I may not always have achieved perfection, but I was able to overcome the roadblocks I encountered and achieve success. I never give up.

Q: WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BE A LEADER IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

I love my community and my state. I am willing to give time and resources to my community because, in the end, it is worthwhile to make a difference.

Q: What advice would you give to young women and girls who want to become leaders?

Be informed, participate, and don't be afraid to make a mistake. Live Aloha.

 

LeaderLuncheon honors women for the contributions they have made to their professions and in their community.  Join us in supporting Hawaii’s commitment to the advancement of women leaders by attending the 2016 LeaderLuncheon.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call 695-2620 or click on the button below.