By  –  Web Editor, Pacific Business News

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals, or YP, Program has opened its 2022 YP Mentor Hawaii application period, officials with the Chamber recently announced.

Now in its seventh year, the program — which is sponsored by American Savings Bank — offers YP members access to one-on-one mentorship
under some of Hawaii’s top executives and community leaders. The six- month program provides participants with several resources including access to community and industry mentors via monthly mentoring; professional and personal development; and networking opportunities, among other offerings.

The application period opened on Dec. 20 and extends through Jan. 21, 2022.

“I applied for the Mentor Hawaii program because I believed that having an accomplished business mentor to learn from would serve as an integral part in my professional development,” said Reuben Macapinlac, a member of Mentor Hawaii’s sixth cohort, in a statement.

“My mentor showed great care and provided a space during our talks where I could be completely open and candid with her about my goals, fears, and challenges,” he said. “We even collaborated on tangible steps after each session to ensure that I was not only sharing my goals with her, but creating an action plan I can follow to eventually achieve them.

“The Mentor Hawaii program is an amazing experience that I will never forget and one I would highly recommend for any young professional looking to take their professional and personal development to the next level.”

The list of 2022 mentors include professionals across several industries including Tammy Mencel, publisher and marketing president at Pacific Business News; Sherry Menor-McNamara, president and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing for Hawaiian Airlines; Lynn Babington, president of Chaminade University; and Micah A. Kāne, CEO and president of Hawaii Community Foundation, among others.

“Through the Young Professionals Program, the Chamber is committed to developing the next generation of leaders and supporting our state’s talent pipeline,” Menor-McNamara said in a statement. “We are honored to feature an extensive group of senior executives who volunteered to serve as mentors for the Young Professionals Mentor Hawaii program. I’m confident that young professionals participating in this program will be set on a path to achieve their career growth goals.”

Olivia Peterkin

Web Editor
Pacific Business News

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