Four inspirational local women leaders will be honored at the 42nd Annual YWCA O‘ahu LeaderLuncheon on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Since 1977, YWCA Oahu’s LeaderLuncheon has been the premier event celebrating extraordinary women leaders in Hawai‘i who exemplify the mission of YWCA O‘ahu, “eliminating racism and empowering women.” The event features networking, inspirational speeches, and a chance for guests to learn more about YWCA O‘ahu and its work in the community.
This year’s LeaderLuncheon will include onsite event coverage on YWCA Oahu’s social media outlets (@YWCAOahu on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
RSVP for a LeaderLuncheon table sponsorship today:
2019 LeaderLuncheon honorees
Founder & Advisor
Inkinen & Associates
“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.”
In 1992, Kathryn Inkinen parlayed years of professional experience in the field of human resources management into the formation of Inkinen & Associates, Hawaii’s premier executive search firm. Kathy’s commitment to the success of her clients has resulted in a loyal and expanding base of clients who count on her and her team to provide executive placement services effectively and discreetly. In July 2018, Kathy turned over the helm of Inkinen & Associates to Ben Ancheta, who is now President. She remains active in the company as Founder/Advisor, and continues to employ her impressive credentials and exceptional skill set to ensure the delivery of superior services to clients of all sizes.
Prior to founding Inkinen & Associates, Kathy served as the top human resource executive for a bank and a five-star resort hotel. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a major in Travel Industry Management and is a past inductee to the College of Business Administration’s Alumni Hall of Honor. Throughout her career, Kathy has made giving back to our community a top priority, serving on boards of several community organizations. Past and present board appointments: Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter, the University of Hawaii’s Travel Industry Management Alumni Association, the American Lung Association’s Lung Force, Women Corporate Directors, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, HEMIC, School to Work Executive Council, UCERA and the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation. She is a lifetime member of the University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association, YWCA O‘ahu and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. In 2017, Kathy was awarded Alumni of the Year from Farrington High School and Small Business of the Year Award from Hawaii Business Magazine.
Senior Vice President
Government Programs & Account Relationships
“I think leadership is a continuum in a person’s life and probably through their careers.”
Kathryn Matayoshi joined HMSA in December 2017, as senior vice president of Government Programs and Account Relationships, leading the company’s Account Management & Sales and Medicaid teams and enhancing HMSA’s strong relationships with Hawaii’s business community. Together, she works to improve the lives of HMSA members and the health of Hawai‘i by providing affordable, quality health benefits.
Before joining HMSA, she spent almost 20 years leading state agencies under four different governors and two mayors, where she was described as a leader who comes with out-of-the-box solutions and a business-minded perspective. Most recently, she served as superintendent of the state Department of Education, where she led the award winning Race to the Top effort, which led to transformative changes in education reform that resulted in higher student achievement. Her experience also includes advising Hawaii’s top business leaders as executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, serving as chief of staff at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, and leading the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
Kathy served as a board member for YWCA O‘ahu from 1995-2002 and as board chair in 2002. She has always been a strong advocate of YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Her colleagues say her strength as a leader is due to clear, insightful vision. And her heart for her community is what gives her the amazing ability to make positive change on a system-wide basis while simultaneously remaining focused on the student, patient, customer or individual at the center of those systems.
Kathy is a Hilo native and a proud graduate of Hilo High School. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and was in private practice at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel before joining Hawaiian Electric Company’s legal department.
Chief Executive Advisor
“Learning is the truest version of on-the-job training.”
As Chief Executive Advisor at Halekulani Corporation, Patricia Tam is responsible for assisting the company’s COO in all aspects of its hotel entities, Halekulani and Waikiki Parc, maintaining and developing its unique and guest-experience oriented arts and cultural partnership programs, which has become a vital part of the globally-renowned Halekulani brand over the years and has won national acclaim in 2017 with the Americans for the Arts BCA 10 Award. Ms. Tam has been a member of the Halekulani legacy for more than 35 years.
In 1993, she became the first female to hold the senior executive position of General Manager for a top luxury hotel in Hawai‘i with a Five-Diamond rating from the American Automobile Association. In 1999, Ms. Tam was honored for her outstanding achievements and contributions to further define the standards of service and performance within the hotel global industry when she was named “Independent Hotelier of the World” by Hotels, the leading publication of the worldwide hotel industry. Ms. Tam was appointed to Vice President of Halekulani Corporation in 2000, overseeing all corporate community relations and strategic partnerships related to the brand for Halekulani Corporation, and supports all aspects of the hotels’ operating and service standards.
Other highlights of Ms. Tam’s career include being named among Travel Agent Magazine’s “200 Most Powerful Women in Travel” in 1997 and 1998, and serving as Chairman of the Waikiki Improvement Association, Hawaii Hotel Association and as a board member of Aloha United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Hawaii Employers Council. Ms. Tam has been the recipient of the 2011 Women of Distinction Girl Scouts’ Award. In 2013, she was recognized with two major industry and business awards, the UH Legacy in Tourism award, and the Pacific Business News “Businesswoman of the Year.” Ms. Tam currently serves on the Executive Boards of the Waikiki Improvement Association, Waikiki Business Improvement District Association and Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association.
Executive Vice President
American Savings Bank
“I think often girls grow up and don’t have those role models.
So for me, the thought that I could be one of those role models is kind of daunting,
but amazing and humbling.”
As Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of American Savings Bank (ASB), Beth Whitehead champions ASB’s employee experience with the goal of creating a great place to work. She is currently spearheading the brand new ASB Campus, a building that in 2019 will bring together approximately 660 teammates from five locations on O‘ahu in an innovative, collaborative workplace. Beth also oversees ASB’s community advancement department, and is a tireless advocate for the community.
In addition, she is responsible for ASB’s Human Resources, Learning and Development, Communications, Government Affairs, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Legal, Compliance and Corporate Security teams. Prior to joining ASB in 2008, Beth served as deputy general counsel of First Horizon National Corporation, a diversified financial services holding company, where she oversaw mergers and acquisitions and managed the legal division. She served as general counsel at National Commerce Financial, which consistently ranked among the top five best-performing banks according to U.S. Bankers' list of 100 largest banking companies prior to its merger with SunTrust bank in 2004.
Beth graduated with honors from both the University of Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate. An active member of the community, Beth is a board member for the Hawaii Theatre Center, Helping Hands Hawaii, the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii, the YMCA of
Honolulu and Girl Scouts of Hawaii; a former board member for YWCA O‘ahu; and past board chair for the Women’s Fund. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor David Ige to the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Banking and Finance at University of North Carolina School of Law.