2018 LeaderLuncheon profile: Julie Arigo

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Julie Arigo is the General Manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel and oversees all aspects of the hotel. She has been recognized by national industry magazines, including Hotel Management's "Top 25 General Managers to Watch" in 2013 and Pacific Edge's "Leading Ladies of Hospitality" as one of the top executives from Oahu's hotel industry.

She began her career at Waikiki Parc in 1994. Prior to assuming her role as General Manager in 2012, she held various managerial roles and has been instrumental in development Waikiki Parc as a contemporary hotel, offering personalized service and innovative guest experiences.

Arigo is also the founder and the 2014-15 Chairperson of Women in Lodging & Tourism (WIL) - Hawaii Chapter and was the 2016-17 President of the Organization of Women Leaders (OWL). She currently still serves on the board for the two chapters along with the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Travel Industry Management School's Travel Advisory Council and Soroptimist International.

She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP).

She was named "2013 Woman Leader of the Year" by the Organization of Women Leaders (OWL), for her exemplary professional leadership and community service and received the University of Hawaii Travel Industry Management Alumni Hall of Honor Award in 2015.

Get to know Julie Arigo: LeaderLuncheon Q & A

YWCA O'ahu asked Julie Arigo several questions about her thoughts on leadership and service.

Q: What types of qualities make a good leader?

Julie Arigo: The leaders whom I admire and inspire me are those who have accomplished so much and demonstrate these very valuable qualities:

  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Humble
  • Respectful
  • Integrity
  • Competent
  • Empowers
  • Enthusiasm
  • Compassion

Q: What has helped you become a more effective leader?

JA: By immersing myself amongst professionals from diverse industries and by building good  relationships with individuals having different backgrounds and experiences, it has definitely helped me to gain more knowledge and enhance my skills set. Networking is what I attribute to becoming a more effective leader.

Q: Name a woman leader who inspires you and explain why.

JA: Vicky Cayetano. In my opinion, she exemplifies all of the leadership qualities I have mentioned  above. I have known her for many years and I have always been impressed with how she conducts herself as a professional and as a friend. She recently received PBN’s 2018 Career Achievement recognition and I feel it is well-deserved.  She is an ambitious woman, a go-getter, gracious, and  makes people feel important no matter who they are. When I was moving up in my career, I always thought being a short, local Asian female would be obstacles in obtaining leadership roles but I know this is not true now and Vicky certainly has proved that!

Q: What was your dream job growing up?

JA: When I was in high school, I dreamt of becoming a flight attendant. I wanted to travel and thought flight attendants always looked so professional, well put together, and most of all seemed to enjoy themselves while serving others. It seemed like the dream job to me until I found out what the minimum height requirement was at the time!

Q: What's one of the best pieces of advice you've ever received?

JA: The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: ”Sometimes you have to toot your own horn”.

My boss gave me this advice. He ran into me on my return to the hotel from a luncheon in which I had just been recognized as "Woman of the Year" by an organization. He asked what the lei was for, I told him, and he asked me if I would have told him about it had he not run into me that day. I smiled. He then gave me this advice, telling me that sometimes it’s okay to toot your own horn because otherwise, things may go unnoticed by those who should know about your successes outside of work and who can be key people in support of your career succession. Since then, I share this with my female peers and aspiring young professionals: There are appropriate times to be modest and then there are times when you do need to “toot your own horn”.

Q: As a woman leader, what can you advise others to do to help each other or help the next generation of women leaders?

JA: Be generous in sharing your knowledge. Be welcoming of knowledge shared with you.


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