HONOLULU - Four inspirational local women leaders will be honored at the 42nd Annual YWCA O'ahu's LeaderLuncheon on Wednesday, May 15, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel from 12 to 1:30 p.m. 

 Since 1977, YWCA Oahu has hosted a LeaderLuncheon celebrating extraordinary women leaders in Hawai'i who exemplify the mission of YWCA O'ahu, “eliminating racism and empowering women.”

 The 2019 LeaderLuncheon honorees are Kathryn Inkinen, founder and advisor, Inkinen & Associates; Kathryn Matayoshi, senior vice president, Government Programs & Account Relationships, HMSA; Patricia Tam, chief executive advisor, Halekulani Corporation; and Beth Whitehead, executive vice president/ chief administrator, American Savings Bank.

More about each honoree below:

Kathryn K. Inkinen  
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. Inkinen’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, Inkinen 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. 

Kathryn S. Matayoshi  
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.  

Patricia Tam 
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 Halepuna Waikiki (formerly 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. 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, 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. Tam was appointed 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.  

Beth Whitehead
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.