This Fall 2015 UH Hilo Commencement ceremonies will feature keynote speaker Sherry Menor-McNamara. A Big Island native, Sherry is currently President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i in Honolulu where she provides executive leadership to the Chamber to develop strategies towards a successful and financially stable future.
Awesome facts about Sherry:
She is a Waiakea High School Class of ’89 graduate
Her grandparents owned a farm in Pahoa and put Sherry to work growing up
Her mother, Naomi was born in Japan and instilled the values of hard work and “Ganbatte” or “Let’s Go For It!”
Her father, Barney Menor, served as a state representative and was a charter member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawai’i before his death in ’99
She has lived in L.A., California; Tokyo, Japan; New York, NY; London, UK; Washington, D.C.; and Honolulu, HI
She holds a Certificate in Executive Education from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
She holds Dual Degrees JD/MBA from the UH William S. Richardson School of Law
She has worked with companies such as ESPN, Sony Picture Entertainment, Sony Corporation, Estee Lauder, “60 Minutes” CBS News, as well as government: Hawai‘i County Corporation Counsel, Hawai‘i State Legislature, Executive Office of the United States President, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka
The UHCC helped my organization host a scientific research conference. The staff knew all the local hotels and their facilities on the island of Hawaii, and the were very helpful in recommending appropriate venues. The staff helped with budgeting, conference website, and conference logistics. We worked mainly with MaryAnn. She worked closely with the hotel venue to ensure that our attendees had a great experience while also negotiating good prices on our behalf. During the conference, MaryAnn and her staff were always there for us and for attendees to efficiently address any issues and keep things running smoothly. The UHCC staff also did an amazing job with managing our conference field trips — arranging for transportation, field lunches, legal waivers, etc. I received many positive comments from attendees about how well the conference was organized, and this was in large part because of the UHCC staff..
As General Chair for the recently completed VLDB-15 Conference, I wanted to let the Yelp universe know that the UH-H Conference Center did a truly fantastic job of making our conference (with close to 1000 attendees) happen. Their attention to detail, their experience with past conferences, and their patience (e.g., for disorganized General Chairs) was greatly appreciated and allowed our all-volunteer conference organizing team to sleep at night as the conference date drew near. Their on-site management made for a wonderful conference-goer experience, and I have gotten numerous comments from attendees on how well everything went…! I would use them again in a heartbeat.
The UHHCC did a fantastic job organizing VLDB 2015! I was the local organizing chair, so i worked closely with them. I think they went above and beyond to make the conference an unforgettable experience for the attendees.
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I wanted to extend a big mahalo to team UH-Hilo Conference Center! We had such positive feedback from our participants about the value and usefulness of the forum last week with questions already being posed about the next one. It definitely could not have been the success that it was without you folks behind the scenes supporting us. Everything went so smoothly and what small hiccups there might have been were taken care of immediately by this professional staff throughout the process. Thank you for helping to make this such a successful event.
The privilege of collaborating with the dynamic organizers, students and dignitaries involved in the PAES Summit was beyond memorable! It was transformative, inspiring and heart-warming to participate in this global educational event.
Reflecting on the UH Hilo Conference Center’s role in planning the Summit, always brings me back to the thrust of our work which is embedded in the execution of the details. Organizing the myriad of complex components, and collaborating to bring the event to its successful conclusion, is the hallmark of our work.
As with most of the events we coordinate, our passion for education, cultural exchange, and the unrivaled discovery process, consistently bridges any logistical obstacles inherent in the implementation process. A sense of community and trust readily forms as we work together to achieve the collective vision, goals and mission of the event.
Our roles, as organizers and service providers, quickly morph into something more! Partnerships, collaborations and lasting bonds of friendship are the gifts we receive from providing support, guidance and mentorship.
Over the past few months, the opportunity to collaborate with staff of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and the Thirty Meter Telescope, gave us tremendous pause to reflect on the stellar opportunities we, (at the Conference Center), have to work with great minds, noted faculty, extraordinary resources, students and visiting international schools and dignitaries. The experience instills a palpable sense of pride, honor and privilege about the work produced by our award-winning UH Hilo Conference Center!
This global collaboration, with participation from Japan, China, India, Canada and Hawai‘i, has stunning, long lasting outcomes that reach far into the future. The “international ripple effect”, and the lessons learned about working collaborative on shared goals, is a model for the future. Different languages, experiences, backgrounds, environments and perceptions all blended together for the greater good… for the learning process, for education, for science and for the future! It was exciting to see everyone give 100% to the program and to see the student’s passion for active learning.
They, (we), are truly ready to move forward and anticipate the next Summit with great excitement!
Judith Fox-Goldstein, Administrative Director
Mary Ann Tsuchiyama, Assistant Director