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Talk Story Tuesdays (July 2019)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

We’ll have an update about paid family leave during the last state legislative session. Josh Frost, president of the Pono Hawai’i Initiative, Nicole Woo of Hawai‘i Appleseed and Mandy Fernandes, Policy Director, ACLU of Hawai‘i, will be our guests.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

All ages welcome!

Complimentary pupus and wine specials!

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: July 9, 2019 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort St Mall, 20th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813 — in The Board Room
Parking: Plaza Club is $3.75 after 5 pm with validation. in the Pioneer Plaza; nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.

Girls Talk Back

Girls Talk Back (GTB) is a summer program for girls between the ages 13-19, focused on developing leadership, peacebuilding, social justice, and applying these skills to address community issues outside the classroom. Upon the program’s conclusion, participants will have the opportunity to present their projects and progress at a TED Talk-style forum. Participants may use the forum as an opportunity to launch campaigns to garner support—financial and in-kind—for their projects. GTB was created by a core partnership of Ceeds of Peace, AAUW Honolulu and Women’s Fund of Hawaii, who together identified gaps in our education system’s ability to develop under-represented leaders, specifically women of color and even more specifically Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian women. The GTB pilot will focus on serving 15-20 girls residing in Waimānalo. The course will be taught at Hui Mālama O Ke Kai for six weeks from June 10 to July 19, 2019.

As part of the course, we are looking for female mentors. The role of GTB mentors is to advise and support the GTB participants to develop an action plan by the end of the six week summer program. Ideally, the mentors and the participants will keep in touch beyond the summer program for the mentors to continue to provide the support the participants need while implementing their project. One mentor will be assigned to each action team and the action team will likely consist of 2-4 girls.

GTB mentors will be required to:

    • Attend the 1.5 hour mentor orientation on Saturday June 22nd 1PM to 2:30PM at Yacht Harbor Tower in Honolulu
    • Participate in GTB session on Friday June 28th 9AM to 1PM at Hui Mālama O Ke Kai in Waimānalo to advise and support your assigned action team to develop their plan
    • Check-in with your assigned action team weekly during the week of July 1st, July 8th and July 15th to advise and support as needed
    • Attend the TED Talks-style forum where the participants will present their projects and progress — date/time and location TBD but will likely be evening of July 19th or one evening week of July 22nd

So we are looking at 10-15 hours of your time this summer to advise and support the girls to develop their action plan. Again, we are hoping that you can continue to support the girls as they implement their project after the summer program but that will be up to you.

If you are interested, please send a short bio/background information and contact information (cell number, email address) to Anna Viggiano.

Wahine Working Smart Forum (Nov. 2019)

Interested in negotiating a better salary and taking charge of your professional development Join us for a FREE career advancement and WorkSmart salary negotiation skills workshop for women!

This seminar will cover:

  • Knowing your rights under Hawaii’s 2019 Equal Pay Law
  • WorkSmart salary negotiation skills training
  • Developing your executive presence
  • Maximizing your professional network

This event will include morning refreshments and a complimentary lunch.

Space is limited — RSVP now!

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Impact Hub, 1050 Queen St., Ste. 100
Parking: 50 cents/hour with validation; free street parking is available.

New Member Profile: Deborah Nakashima

Debbie has over 35 years of providing educational services focused on college and career planning, and not-for-profit operations.

After spending 30 years in higher education in a career that focused providing student services, she currently manages a program for the Hawaii National Guard that provides career counseling to Guardmembers and their families, and works with economically disadvantaged women at the YWCA O’ahu. She has expertise in formulating, implementing and managing service-providing programs, especially in the not-for-profit area.

Debbie volunteers her time as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club Honolulu Spalding Clubhouse, chaired the 2019 YWCA Oahu Leader Luncheon and stays active in the community volunteering mainly with programs that empower women and young people in the community. From 2016 to 2018 she served as the Board Chair for Women United, an affinity group for Aloha United Way and was instrumental in getting the program reinvigorated, recognized and officially approved in 2018.

In addition to AAUW, she is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), and the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Book Discussion Group (July 2019)

Enjoy pupus by the water and engage in dynamic conversation about Unbecoming…A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati.

Bhagwati is a writer, activist, yoga and meditation teacher, and Marine Corps veteran. She founded the Service Wom­en’s Action Network (SWAN), which brought national attention to sexual violence in the military and helped overturn the ban on women in com­bat.

A raw, unflinching memoir by a former US Marine Captain chronicling her journey from dutiful daughter of immigrants to radical activist effecting historic policy reform.

After a lifetime of buckling to the demands of her strict Indian parents, Anuradha Bhagwati abandons grad school in the Ivy League to join the Marines—the fiercest, most violent, most masculine branch of the military—determined to prove herself there in ways she couldn’t before.

Yet once training begins, Anuradha’s G.I. Jane fantasy is punctured. As a bisexual woman of color in the military, she faces underestimation at every stage, confronting misogyny, racism, sexual violence, and astonishing injustice perpetrated by those in power. Pushing herself beyond her limits, she also wrestles with what drove her to pursue such punishment in the first place.

Once her service concludes in 2004, Anuradha courageously vows to take to task the very leaders and traditions that cast such a dark cloud over her time in the Marines. Her efforts result in historic change, including the lifting of the ban on women from pursuing combat roles in the military.

A tale of heroic resilience grappling with the timely question of what, exactly, America stands for, Unbecoming is about one woman who learned to believe in herself in spite of everything. It is the kind of story that will light a fire beneath you, and inspire the next generation of indomitable female heroes.

WHEN: July 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Waikiki Yacht Club (1599 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814), ask for Mary Ann Eichorn when checking in

Pupus hosted by AAUW Honolulu
No host cocktails (bring cash for drink purchases)

Talk Story Tuesdays (June 2019)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

We’re celebrating the passage of Title IX! June’s Talk Story Tuesday is a special screening of the documentary Rise of the Wahine: Champions of Title IXScroll down to view the trailer.

Our co-sponsors for the event will be ACLU Hawaii, which is currently involved in the state Department of Education Title IX lawsuits with regards to facilities access for female high school athletes across the state. Rae Shih, a member of their legal team, will be our guest speaker at the event.

RSVPs will be limited to 30 guests, so please RSVP as soon as you can. (The RSVP form will be posted soon.)

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

All ages welcome!

Complimentary pupus and wine specials!

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

Please note: We are not meeting at The Plaza Club — we will be meeting at the Weia Condos. Seating for this event will be limited. Guests must RSVP if they plan to attend.

WHEN: June 11th. Doors open at 5:30pm. There will be time for eating and mingling before the show begins at 5:45 pm.
WHERE: The movie theater at Waiea Condos (1118 Ala Moana Blvd). Guests can give their name (and mention AAUW) at the door.
Parking: No parking in the building; street parking is available.

Talk Story Tuesdays (May 2019)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

We’ll discuss women’s health advocacy and the recent attacks on abortion and birth control access. Laurie Field and Alani Bagcal from Planned Parenthood will be our guest speakers.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

All ages welcome!

Complimentary pupus and wine specials!

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: May 14, 2019 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort St Mall, 20th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813 — in The Board Room
Parking: Plaza Club is $3.75 after 5 pm with validation. in the Pioneer Plaza; nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.

 

 

 

 

AAUW Honolulu Annual Meeting (2019)

Come join AAUW Honolulu for our Annual Meeting on May 28!

Find out how we’ve made an impact in the lives of women and girls in Hawaii! We’ll also discuss our plans and programs for the upcoming year.

Know a friend or family member who’s interested in issues that affect women and girls? Invite them to our meeting! This event is free.

We’ll also be providing bentos from Kokorotei, which guests will need to order when they RSVP. There are three meal options:

  • Chicken karaage bento – Consists of: 6~7pcs Chicken Karaage, Vegetables, Pickles, Hard-boiled egg or Mini Omelette, Sakura Daikon, White Rice (Side dish may change due to availability)
  • Yellowtail teriyaki bento – Consists of: Teiryaki Buri, Sweet Kabocha Pumpkin, Stewed Chilled Eggplant,Sesame flavored String Beans, Vegetables, Sakura Daikon, White Rice (Side dish may change due to availability)
  • Health vegetable bento (vegetarian) – Consists of: Rice-of-the-day (brown or husk rice), seasonal vegetables, such as: sweet stewed kabocha (pumpkin), stewed sato-imo, seasoned egg plant, sesame-string beans, sakura daikon

If you are interested in a bento, please RSVP by May 22 and select your choice in the form.

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: May 28, 2019, 6:15 pm to 8 pm
WHERE: Manoa Public Library (2716 Woodlawn Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822

 

A Q-and-A with Our 2013 Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Recipient, Sarah Hudgins

How has your career progressed since you received the aviation scholarship?

I was awarded the AAUW Aviation Scholarship to earn my Commercial license in 2013. The commercial license is required to receive any compensation as a pilot. I passed my commercial check ride in November 2014 and got a lucky break a week later. A friend called to ask if I wanted to be his co-pilot ferrying a Cessna Caravan C208EX from the mainland to Hawai’i. The single-engine, turboprop flight California to Honolulu took 14.5 hours. Turned out that we were delivering the plane for Mokulele. I applied there and gently persisted until I finally spoke to HR from my brother’s basement on Christmas Eve. I started as a First Officer with Mokulele in February 2015 based in Kahului for the first two months then got back home to HNL. After about a year I went through upgrade training and flew for them as Captain another year. I’d already been flying around the islands for years, but now I was being paid for it! It was a wonderful job, but the time came to make a jump to bigger aircraft. After the process of interviewing and training, I began flying for Envoy, owned by American Airlines, in the 65-seat CRJ-700 made by Bombardier based at O’hare. I just recently completed the training to upgrade on the same jet and am now Captain Hudgins once again. The Aviation scholarship was the catalyst to all this progress. It was key in keeping me moving forward, staying motivated and removing some of the financial burden that comes with advancing in this industry.

Have you seen more women pilots since you began your career?

This is a tricky question to answer. I SEE more women pilots. But, overall, there aren’t any more women pilots relative to male pilots. According to the FAA Airman statistics, the number of women pilots , including student pilots, has remained between six to seven percent for the past 20 years. This includes student pilots, recreational pilots and sport pilots as well as professional pilots. The good news is that among the women who do hold a certificate, more of them are becoming professional pilots. The percentages of women who hold their Air Transport License (ATP), required to fly for an airline, has seen a steady increase over the last ten years. This tells us that of women who hold a license, more of them are choosing to pursue flying as a career rather than a hobby. And they are going for the top rungs of the ladder. So I’m seeing more women on the message boards and Facebook groups who are interested in wearing the airline uniform and taking leadership positions.

What would you tell any girl or woman in college who’s thinking about getting into the aviation industry?

First, it is essential to connect and build a network of other women pilots. Support will surprise you at times, other times you will find the need to share an experience with someone else who understands your path in a male dominate industry. Find your people and hold them close. Second, you will encounter inequity. It will come at you subtly and blatantly. Consider how to respond, what to let slide, and when to speak up. This is a small world and a conservative industry. Always be professional and keep on your path regardless of what hurdles others may try to put in your way. Finally, this is a rewarding and challenging path in so many ways. Be persistent. There will be bumps in the road. There will also be clear skies and perfect landings. Keep at it. Enjoy the view, and work hard, and celebrate your accomplishments. You can do it!