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CCECS announces Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Summit

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Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) has partnered with the County of Hawai‘i Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Forum to launch the Hawaiʻi Island Women's Leadership Summit: Advancing Women through Knowledge, Strength and Community. This event will take place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 8 am to 7 pm. The purpose of the Summit is to advance and celebrate the value of women in society, cultivate relationships for networking, and move the conversation forward to develop leaders locally.

The Summit will feature keynote speaker Kata Issari, vice president of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Hawai‘i Region. Issari has been working in the field of sexual and domestic violence for 30 years as an advocate, educator, fundraiser, therapist and community activist. Believing strongly in the power of communities to create lasting change, she will share her vision of empowering women and inspiring them to assume leadership roles.

A total of 20 engaging and interactive workshop sessions are scheduled throughout the day. Themes include business, community, diversity, finance, leadership, relationships, self, and innovation and technology. Additionally, an array of local vendors will be showcased at the Summit Expo, and a networking Pau Hana will cap off the event.

Cost is $75 and includes breakfast, lunch, parking and the full day of Summit activities. Registration is now open at

For more information, contact CCECS at (808) 974-7664 or Details are also available on the Summit website: or on Facebook at

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