The 42nd Annual LeaderLuncheon, YWCA Oahu’s biggest fundraiser of the year, is happening on May 15, 2019 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 12 noon-1:30 p.m. We’re looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of exceptional women leaders and sharing our mission of “Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women” with our guests.
In the weeks leading up to the event, we’ll introduce you to the 2019 LeaderLuncheon honorees. YWCA O‘ahu selected four amazing women who will be highlighted for their contributions in their fields of work and in their communities. Get to know our first 2019 LeaderLuncheon honoree below!
Q&A with Kathryn Inkinen
Founder & Advisor
Inkinen & Associates
What types of qualities make a good leader?
Good Listener. Passionate. Positive Attitude. Confident. Honest and Trustworthy. Visionary.
What has helped you become a more effective leader?
I have always tried to create and maintain a high standard and level of excellence in everything I do. Build trust and inspire people. Lead by example, but also empower employees as individuals.
Name a woman leader who inspires you and why?
Kepola Dudoit who is the resident artist at YWCA O‘ahu. She participated in the Fernhurst Transition Program (community-based reintegration for women coming out of prison), participated in Dress for Success and joined the Professional Women’s Group. While her life has had many adversities, she is headed for success and is motivated to become a small business owner. She can be a role model and inspire many other women. On a personal note, I heard about quilling over 50 years ago and became interested and did small projects. Kepola will share her quilling techniques with me; her creative skills are inspiring and her positive attitude is contagious.
What was your dream job growing up?
I did not have a dream job, but I knew I did not want to be a teacher or nurse which most of the girls in my generation wanted to be. I studied business and was open to learning and taking on career opportunities as they became available. I have been in hospitality, banking and a business owner — all varied but great positions.
What’s one of the best pieces of advice you’ve ever received?
My father in the mid-sixties said to me that I can do anything a boy can do in a career, but “don’t ever forget your roots.”
What can you advise others to do to help each other or help the next generation of women leaders?
Share stories and experiences, not only professional but personal successes and hardships. Women need to balance professional with personal family responsibilities to be successful. Give each other confidence and support to move forward in times of adversities toward success. Each woman leader should find a “mentee” to share experiences with or just to be there to listen when needed.