Four local women in business will receive a leadership award from YWCA Oahu, for their inspirational work in the community. The four women, from different industries, will be honored at the 41st Annual LeaderLuncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 from 12 pm – 1:30pm.
The 2018 honorees are:
Julie Arigo, General Manager, Waikiki Parc Hotel
Catherine Ngo, President & Chief Executive Officer, Central Pacific Bank
Ginny Tiu, Pianist/Philanthropist
Loretta Luke Yajima, Chair of the Board of Directors & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Children's Discovery Center?
YWCA Oahu's LeaderLuncheon began in 1977, and honors "extraordinary women who exemplify the mission of the YWCA. This year marks the 41st annual celebration recognizing Hawaii's women leaders. Through its 40 year history, nearly 180 women have been recognized at LeaderLuncheon," according to the YWCA's press release.
Background of the honorees:
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.
Catherine Ngo serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Pacific Bank. She joined the bank in 2010, and previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her time at Central Pacific Bank, Ngo was a founding general partner of Startup Capital Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm established in 2005, with investments in Silicon Valley and Hawaii, as well as in China. In addition to managing a portfolio of several technology companies, she assisted other firm portfolio companies with operational issues, generally in the legal and finance areas. Ngo also had primary oversight for the venture capital firm's investor relations activities and had a significant role in managing the firm's China-based portfolio. A graduate of the University of Virginia, School of Law, Ngo started her career in private law practice, focused on banking and securities law. In1993 she joined Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a financial services company focused on serving the needs of venture capital - backed technology companies, as well as venture capital firms. As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, she was part of the executive team credited for the bank's turnaround. In 2002, Ngo served as Chief Operating Officer of Alliant Partners, an investment banking subsidiary of SVB. Ngo is venture partner of Startup Capital Ventures, L.P., Chair of the Board of Trustee of the University of Hawaii Foundation, Advisory Director of Catholic Charities of Hawaii; and serves on the Board of Hawaii Gas.
Ginny Tiu began playing the piano at 3 1/2 years old. She was discovered by Ed Sullivan when she was five, and her career took off. She has performed throughout the world, including at Carnegie Hall. She performed for President Kennedy and President Bush. She did a movie with Elvis Presley when she was eight years old, called "Girls! Girls! Girls!". She continues to perform, but her main focus now is on giving back and helping others, both people and animals. She is especially passionate about helping those most vulnerable, through her philanthropic work, fundraising, educating, and advocacy. She has been on the board of the Hawaiian Humane Society for almost 10 years, and also serves on the board of the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra. She supports several other organizations. She was honored by Maryknoll School with the Monsignor Kekumano Award of Noblesse Oblige "To whom much is given, much is expected", and with the Philanthropist of the Year award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Tiu is especially passionate and committed to helping those most vulnerable, and hopes to encourage others to do the same, through her philanthropic work, fundraising, educating, and advocacy. She has been on the board of the Hawaiian Humane Society for almost 10 years, and served as its Chair. She was instrumental in its successful Capital Campaign, which raised over $18 million dollars. She is also on the board of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
Loretta Luke Yajima is the Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center. In 1987 she became involved in the planning stages of the Hawaii Children's Museum and assumed the position of President of the Board of Directors. She led the Museum through three capital campaigns raising over $20 million as the museum transitioned from a storefront children's museum in Dole Cannery Square to its current location in the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park. Today the 45,000-square-foot Children's Discovery Center is one of the finest children's museums in the country. In 1973, Yajima was recognized as one of the Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America. In 1991, she received the JC Penny's Golden Rule Award for Volunteerism, and in 1992, the George Washington Medal of Honor Award for Individual Achievement from the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation. During her term as President, the Hawaii Children's Museum received the First Lady's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award as the most innovative project, a Community Recognition Award from The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Award of Excellence from The College of Education at the University of Hawaii, and a Certificate of Recognition from the City Council of Honolulu. In 2008 Yajima was recognized by Pacific Business News as the Woman Volunteer of the Year, and in 2009 she received a Humanitarian Award from the SGI Cultural Center in Honolulu. Recently, she was awarded Punahou School's Charles S. Judd, Jr. Humanitarian Award for her work in helping to build children's museums throughout China. She continues to work today as a full time volunteer for the Center.
For more information on this luncheon, call (808) 695-2631? or go to www.ywcaoahu.org/leaderluncheon.