Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara introduces the 2017 LeaderLuncheon Honorees

Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara grew up at the YWCA. She learned how to swim in the Laniakea pool and attended day care while her mother worked nearby in downtown Honolulu. Today, Kristi is ready to create new memories with YWCA O‘ahu as the 2017 Chair of the Board of Directors.

“The YWCA is a special place, not just because of my upbringing (because I was there constantly), but the impact of what we do with our programs is wonderful,” Kristi said. “I just feel if you can present enough opportunities for people to flourish, they will.”

Giving back and helping people was ingrained into Kristi’s upbringing. As the owner of Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Kristi unites local businesses and qualified individuals in ways that enable both to prosper and grow. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, Kathy Inkinen, who founded the executive search firm Inkinen & Associates. Together, they offer local businesses a one-stop shop, from entry-level to executive staffing services.

Both companies encourage their employees to give back by joining at least one community organization outside of work; even paying for membership dues and professional development workshops. Kathy’s personal philosophy is that leaders need to be role models in the community by giving of their own time, and encouraging employees to do the same.

“To me an executive or good manager has arrived when they give their time to the community. That builds our community and that’s what we’re here for, but if you put your head in the ground and only do work in the office, you’re not growing,” Kathy said.

This year marks a milestone for both staffing companies. Inkinen & Associates celebrates its 25th anniversary and Remedy Intelligent Staffing marks its 15th anniversary, totaling 40 years of service. When Kristi discovered that LeaderLuncheon was also celebrating its 40th anniversary, the two companies pledged a combined $20,000 for a Ruby Sponsorship at YWCA Oahu’s annual fundraiser, instead of throwing a big party.

“Why have a party? It’s too much work,” Kathy said. “Why don’t we use some of the funds to give to a nonprofit where we believe the monies would go further than only recognizing ourselves. We know challenges of working women, mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, and we’re grateful that we have a lot more of these types of women in this town. So we need to share our wealth.”

As Board Chair, Kristi served on the Selection Committee and noted that the honorees are very recognized in the community. “They’ve done really great work and have very successful positions in great organizations,” she said.

This year YWCA O'ahu is pleased to announce the 40th Annual LeaderLuncheon honorees:

  • Bettina Mehnert, President & CEO, AHL
  • Connie Mitchell, Executive Director, IHS, Institute for Human Services
  • Susan Murray, Senior Vice President, Queen’s Health Systems, West O‘ahu Region; Chief Operating Officer, Queen’s Medical Center - West O‘ahu
  • Crystal Rose, Founding Partner, Bays Lung Rose Holma

These individuals will be recognized at the 2017 LeaderLuncheon, to be held on Wednesday, June 14 at the Sheraton Waikiki from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Table sponsorships begin at $3,000 and individual tickets cost $150. For more information and to purchase tickets or table sponsorships, visit