Aloha Chamber members,
This morning, the Chamber, in partnership with members Dentons US LLP and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, held our Health Summit. The theme focused on the culture of wellness in the workplace with discussion on steps to Raise the Bar for employee performance and engagement for overall organizational success. Sessions included health care cost curve, business case for healthy employees, managing elder care with work demands, and workplace strategies for mental health and stress. We were honored to have former Governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, cover updates on health care legislation and reform at the federal level.
Dr. Howard Dean addresses a packed crowd at the Chamber’s Health Summit
Healthcare costs are one of the largest cost drivers for businesses and prices continue to increase, and will in the long-term, so this summit was an important discussion on how to mitigate these rising costs in a proactive and preventive way.
On the legislative front, minimum wage and other bills imposing mandates continue to move. Stay tuned for action alerts and a legislative update at the end of the first major deadline, which is March 1.
I just returned from the Western Association of Chamber Executives conference. W.A.C.E. is an organization comprised of local and regional Chambers in the west. I’m pleased to have been elected to the Board of Directors, which will allow me to ensure our voice continues to be represented, learn from peers and showcase some of our initiatives. The main takeaway from the conference is that Chambers serve the 3C’s: Catalyst for business growth, Convener of leaders and influencers, and Champion for a stronger community. We certainly couldn’t agree more. Your Chamber continues to find ways to fill this role and the health summit is one example of that.
Laulima & mahalo,
President & CEO