In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, YP Wahine is bringing together a community of like-minded women, featuring speakers who will offer insights on forging new paths, finding new passions, and seeking a new sense of purpose, as it relates to Navigating Life's Changes.
While motherhood, moving between career changes, and relocating to a new area are all examples of common and critical life events, seeking fresh perspectives can spark new ways of thinking that can be transformative. Life transitions can be challenging, but they also serve as ripe opportunities for reinvention and redirection, to help create a personalized roadmap for a brighter future.
Join us on Friday, March 8th, 2024 at Gather Cowork in Hawaii Kai from 5:30-7:30 PM for for small group discussions, networking, drinks and light pupus.
This event will explore ways to express your authentic self both professionally and personally, as well as implementing practical strategies to navigate different stages of transitions in order to launch a new life trajectory.
To register for the event, select a topic that you'd like to learn more about (max 10 per group). This will be your group for the evening. We will not be rotating between topics but there will be an open networking opportunity following the group discussions.
Topics & Speakers:
Returning to the Workforce After Having a Family led by
Megan McCorriston, CEO of Seagull Schools
Navigating Career Pivots led by
Kaiuwailani Pettigrew, Senior VP & IT Infrastructure Manager, First Hawaiian Bank
Taking the Leap Into Entrepreneurship lead by
Michelle Carmack, Founder of Oak+Pine Society and Gather Cowork
Relocating to Hawaii and Assimilating to Local Business Culture led by
Angela Murphy, Vice President of Sales, The Americas at The Outrigger Hospitality Group
Oak + Pine Society and Gather Cowork
Michelle Carmack founded the Oak + Pine Society and Gather Cowork and Events. Michelle is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to support businesses that put people first through in-person gatherings. As a first-generation American and event planner, she aims to create memorable experiences that build community, strengthen company culture, and support modern working women.
Before kickstarting her entrepreneurial journey, she dedicated ten years of her career to supporting small business owners in the finance and PEO industries. Watching her entrepreneurial family and other local businesses thrive gave her the courage, resources, and network to try. Realizing this unique opportunity empowers her to help others by giving them the same (or better) starting point.
Chief Executive Officer
Megan McCorriston is the Chief Executive Officer of Seagull Schools and began working here in July 2018. She holds a Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Oxford in England. Her career began as a school teacher, however she later went on to education administration and leadership in Hawaii and other international locations. She is a published researcher in the field of comparative and international education, and experienced consultant to non-profits such as the British Refugee Council and United Nations agencies. She is an active member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children and Child Care Business Coalition in Hawaii. She has been a tireless advocate of education as a means for social justice for over 20 years.
In her position as Chief Executive Officer, she has oversight of Seagull Schools five Early Education Centers and Adult Day Center. She is committed to developing and innovating Seagull's high quality early education and intergenerational programs to meet the needs of young students in an ever-changing world.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and traveling to new destinations. Her greatest joy is raising her daughter in the same place where she has fond memories growing up herself and making lifelong friendships. It is her privilege to give back to the community by continuing the legacy of Seagull Schools, and to educate this next generation of learners and leaders in Hawaii.
Vice President of Sales
The Americas at The Outrigger Hospitality Group
Angela Murphy, an enthusiastic explorer, devoted mother, and committed humanitarian, currently holds the position of Vice President of Sales for OUTRIGGER Resorts and Hotels, overseeing 33 global properties and spearheading North American business initiatives.
Originating from Sydney, Australia, Angela is a business management graduate with a wealth of experience in sales and marketing leadership on a global scale. Her career trajectory has seen her traverse continents, having lived and worked extensively across Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas.
In other roles as Director of Sales and Marketing at the exclusive brand One&Only Resorts in Los Angeles, Angela successfully represented 11 luxury resorts and 3 brands worldwide. Not to mention where her journey in the industry began in 2005 as an executive at American Express Business Travel, where she managed high-profile clientele such as Louis Vuitton, Goldman Sachs, and EMC.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Angela is deeply passionate about making a positive impact. Renowned as a disruptive humanitarian, she actively champions causes for food relief in Australia and advocates for women in leadership roles. Angela's remarkable achievements include co-founding the non-profit organization Food for Change as well as the "Lean In" Women in Leadership movement within the InterContinental Hotel Group. Inspired by Sheryl Sandberg's book, this movement has led to a TedXtalk and reshaped business norms, contributing significantly to women's equality in the professional sphere.
Senior Vice President & IT Infrastructure Manager
First Hawaiian Bank
After graduating from Molokai High School, Kaiu relocated to Honolulu, Oahu at which time she worked for First Hawaiian Bank prior to making the big move to Las Vegas, Nevada (The 9th Hawaiian Island). Kaiu attended Community College of Southern Nevada while working for The Venetian Hotel & Casino. Kaiu is a proven executive level professional with progressively 22+ years of experience in the gaming, hospitality, and financial industry.
Experience includes IT Compliance, IT Operations, IT Security & Cyber Security, IT Project Management, Finance Compliance, Anti Money Laundering (AML), Internal Audit, Finance Operations, Procurement, Warehouse Management and Gaming (Casino Administration, Players Club, Slot's, Casino Special Events). Kaiu has held positions in Las Vegas, Macau, SAR and more recently returning to First Hawaiian Bank here in Hawaii and has a successful track record of visionary, forward-looking leadership, execution, and delivery. expertise in leading organizations in applying innovative solutions in support of the business by collaborating, recommending, and influencing decision based on strong business case and communication.
Giving back to our younger generation is a passion of Kaiu’s. She continues to mentor, build, and support careers of our young Hawaii students whether in High School, University or in Entrepreneurship.
The YP Wahine program is focused on supporting females with professional development tools and by creating a network of individuals who lift each other up. We aim to empower our members with skills building sessions and provide a safe space for members to share their challenges and learn from each other.