Be a part of the fifth cohort of the Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Mentor Hawaii program!

The YP Mentor Hawaii program gives you exclusive access to Hawaii’s top executives for one-on-one mentoring to help grow your career and business acumen. While the program is designed to be tailored to each mentees’ specific goals and outcomes, the YP program provides a structured guideline for suggested topics and best practices.

During the 6-month long program, you are expected to meet face-to-face with your mentor monthly, connect via email and phone sessions as needed. In addition, cohort mentees can look forward to a kick-off introductory breakfast to meet your mentors and fellow mentees as well as a celebration event to recap the success of the program.

The 5th annual cohort will begin February 2020. The application period will take place from November 2019 through January 2020. Click here to complete the application and submit by Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Only fully completed applications will be considered for the mentorship.

Program all inclusive fees is $300. The program fees include mentorship program and event fees for Kick-Off Introductory Breakfast, Pau Hana Networking, and Celebratory Wrap-Up events. No cost to apply! Program fees will be applied once finalists are selected and confirmed.

For more information, please email Mentor Hawaii Program Co-Chair’s Bianca Mordasini  or Nikki Yuen.

The program includes:

    • Kick-Off Introductory Breakfast at Pacific Club on Friday, February 7 for mentors and mentees to get acquainted, learn more of program expectations and desired outcomes
    • At a minimum, 5 in-person meeting and/or phone calls with your mentor
    • Celebratory Wrap-Up Event on Thursday, September 3, complimentary for mentors and mentees
    • Pau Hana Event for cohort mentors and mentees

2020 Mentors for the Fifth Cohort:

  • Lynn Babington, President, Chaminade University
  • Rick Blangiardi, President & General Manager, Hawaii News Now
  • Mike Ching, Office Managing Partner, Honolulu Office, Ernst & Young
  • Louise Ing, Partner, Dentons US LLP
  • Nathan Kam, Partner/President, Public Relations, Anthology
  • Lisa Truong Kracher, President & Chief Executive Officer, Staffing Solutions of Hawaii and Kahu Malama Nurses
  • John Komeiji, President & General Manager, Hawaiian Telcom
  • Marie Kumabe, Principal, Kumabe HR
  • Bryan Luke, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii National Bank
  • Kathryn Matayoshi, Senior Vice President & Chief Community Engagement Officer, HMSA
  • Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President Marketing, Hawaiian Airlines
  • Gladys Marrone, CEO, Building Industry Association of Hawaii
  • Arnold Martines, Group Executive Vice President, Central Pacific Bank
  • Lori McCarney, Principal, McCarney Business Strategies
  • Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • Kit Millan, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, Alexander & Baldwin
  • Tim Mobley, President, Connext Global Solutions
  • David Okabe, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawaii Convention Center
  • Kurt Osaki, Chief Executive Officer, Osaki Creative Group
  • Mark Polivka, President, Monarch Insurance Services
  • Jim Takatsuka, Executive Vice President, Pacxa
  • Ann Teranishi, Executive Vice President, Operations, American Savings Bank
  • David Tumilowicz, Vice President of Communication and Brand Management, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
  • Rich Wacker, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank
  • Marty Welch, Chief Executive Officer, HEMIC
  • Mark Yamakawa, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Dental Service


“Signing up for this program is one of the best things I have done for my career in a while. Being able to get advice from and be coached by a CEO is priceless! I’ve learned so much about what I can do to advance in my career, how to better advocate for myself, and how to communicate more effectively with my supervisor. My mentor has been very open and she’s easy to talk to, and she’s given me important insight into how a C-Level executive thinks.” -Program Graduate

“My mentor and I have been meeting in person every month and doing phone calls between our meetings. We’ve had great discussions about work culture, leadership development, self-awareness and advocacy.” -Program Graduate

“I loved my mentor’s willingness to participate in the program! It was so amazing to learn from someone in a safe environment since we did not work together.” -Program Graduate

“Mahalo for a great mentor experience! I enjoyed learning from my mentor on how to be a better manager and collaborator, and creating a connection that was extremely valuable.” -Program Graduate

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