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D9 Conference Report: Women Leadership

There was something special and inspiring to be at the Zonta International District 9 conference among women of like minds when word came of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to three women.

Even before the announcement, there had been a strong endorsement for Zontians to view “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a documentary film on the Liberian women who brought an end to the civil war there.  Two of the three women Nobel peace winners are involved in the Liberia recovery.  For more information about the film link here.  For information on the Nobel peace prize winners go here.

Standing: Weiland, Neumiller, Hastings. Sitting: Spencer, Foissette

From Hawaii, there were 5 participants at the D9 Conference: Area Director (and Hilo Club member) Mele Spencer, former district Governor Karen Foissette (now a Honolulu Club member), Linda Weiland, president of Honolulu Club, Edie Ignacio Neumiller of Kauai Club and myself. Mele, by the way, has been elected to the D9 nominating committee.  She is well-regarded in D9 Circles.

Our Hawaii group is determined to set up at least-quarterly Club presidents videoconference meetings with Mele.

Snippets from the Conference:

  • Membership remains the biggest issue for Zonta International.
  • What younger members want:  More service projects; service projects that can be completed quickly; social media; exposure of projects on social media.
  • Whatever a Club does should be evaluated against our mission—Advancing the status of women.  That doesn’t mean you can’t take on other efforts for community, particularly children, but those should be in addition to, not in place of projects directed at women.
  • We need to use technology to enhance participation in meetings at all levels.  You don’t always need to be physically present.

Lois Frankel, Ph.D., Corporate Coaching International, was a keynote speaker. She is author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office; Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich; See Jane Lead and other books. Her website: www.drloisfrankel.com Highlights from her talk:

A woman leader must be a leader for your time. The times are changing. “We still think of powerful women as an anomaly.”–she quoted Margaret Atwood

Women lead all the time, Frankel said, they just don’t call themselves leaders. She asked the audience why that’s so.  Reasons that were called out;

  • We don’t what to be seen as arrogant
  • Push back from other women
  • We were not raised to it

Dr. Frankel said “command and control” leadership no longer exists. It will sabotage you. There is a feminization of leadership going on across the globe.

“We’ve reached turning point,” she said. But the numbers don’t show it. Right now, only 9 of 190 countries are run by women, and women make up about 13 % of legislative bodies. (It has been estimated elsewhere that it takes 30% of women in a legislative body before the female impact matters.)

“We (women) have track record,” Dr. Frankel said, we are just too modest to put it out there. We need to elevate ourselves. (Aside: I thought of this when Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an interview with the New York Times, said she is prepared because she’s been preparing both inside the country and out. She was confident, rather than modest.)

Dr. Frankel said our EQ–emotional intelligence—is more important than  IQ.  Emotional intelligence involves self awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. The new brand of leadership is collaborative, networked, personal, teaching, fosters others to speak up, is flexible and reaches out.

Dr. Frankel outlined eight ways to help women be effective leaders:

  1. Articulate your vision.
  2. Develop your strategy.
  3. Resist perfectionism.
  4. Choose the hill you are willing to die on. (Pick your battles.)
  5. Get to the point. (First thing should be most important that you say.)
  6. Practice 7:1 rule.  Seven positive to one negative feedback.
  7. Manage meetings effectively.
  8. Build leadership brand. (That means defining it and selling it.)

I’ll make every effort to post more D9 Conference information as time allows.
Cheers,
Barbara Hastings

April: Officer Elections; Victim Awareness

At its regular monthly meeting, Zonta Club of Hilo elected a slate of officers for the next biennium which begins June 1.

Barbara A. Hastings was elected president; Janice Higashi, first vice president; Sheila Evans, secretary; Jan Haraguchi-Abundo and Karolyn Lundkvist, directors.  Ellen Aoki,  second vp and director Bev McCall remain on the board.  Bonnie Geiger will fill the unexpired treasurer post.

Terri Lum, Kathleen Nielsen, Lisa Faulkner Inouye and Phyllis Shinno at April meeting. Lum and Inouye spoke on victim awareness.

As part of National Child Abuse Awareness Month, National Crime Victim Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  Zonta Club of Hilo hear from
Lisa Faulkner Inouye who spoke about the development of the County of Hawai’i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney’s federally funded project to develop a “Comprehensive Strategy for Juvenile Justice.”  Over 100 persons from across the Island convened to help develop this community-driven plan.

One of the outcomes of this effort was the determination of Four Priority Risk Factors faced by Hawai’i County youth:  Availability of Drugs, Family Management, Family Conflict, and Early and Persistent Anti-Social Behavior.  These Risk Factors are the focus of community efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency in Hawai’i County, and remain the guideposts for the Prosecutor’s Office involvement in prevention and education activities.

The group also heard form Terri Lum, Director of the East Hawaii Children’s Justice Center addressed the history and development of Children’s Justice Centers across the nation and in Hawaii, and the need for a safe place for child victims of sexual assault, severe physical violence and child witnesses to crime to be able to talk about what happened.

She described the Center’s operations and the community and agency involvement that helps to keep the Center going, and the sad fact that sexual assaults continue to occur, that children are often victims of someone they know, and that there continues to be a need for places like the CJC.

The next meeting is May 9, 5 p.m. fellowship; 5:30 meeting starts.  Installation of officers; Guest Speaker, noted Honolulu volunteer and medical missionary, Nancy Pace, M.D.

Note: On April 23, Zonta Club of Hilo will do its annual Weinberg Friends project, supporting Neighborhood Place of Puna.

Well wishers fill Zonta Hilo’s event to honor Helene Hale

About 75 people attended the dinner to honor Helene Hale on United Nations International Women’s Day Monday (March 8, 2010.) For Hilo on a Monday, that’s proof of the fantastic draw that Ms. Hale, who will be 92 later this month, commands.  Zonta Club of Hilo organized the honor.

Hilo Zontians and Zonta District 9 Advocacy Chair Kolua Seiko (left of Hale.)

Mayor Billy Kenoi  spoke of her tireless (actually he said ‘indefatigable’) efforts to make the world a better place;  Elroy Osorio, who served with her as elected county officials,  said there are politicians and there are statesmen, and Helene Hale has always been a statesman.

Members of  the United Nations Association Chapter  that she started in Hawaii were on hand,  with members of the League of Women Voters of which she is a dedicated member.  Each organization, including the YWCA of Hawaii Island, spoke of Ms. Hale’s contributions.  She was the first woman executive in Hawaii government since Queen Liliuokalani; the first African American elected to office in Hawaii; she battled in the state Legislature for her Puna district. She went to Beijing in the ‘90s with the League of Women Voters to participate in the U.N. Forum on Women.

Zontians honored Ms. Hale with the Rose Award for her lifetime of service.  Zonta Club of Hilo is part of Zonta International whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide.

Kolua Seiko, Zonta International’s District 9 Advocacy Chair, who works on Zonta’s and the UN’s initiatives to reach the world’s women, took part in honoring Ms. Hale.  Seiko was in Hawaii to address Zonta’s Area 7 Workshop on Kauai over the weekend and flew over to attend the Hilo event.

More photos:

Councilmember Dennis 'Fresh' Onishi was among those who spoke at the event.

Mayor Kenoi with Hale and RJ Hampton.

Flanking Hale are Zontians Dawn Pung, Julie Tulang, Jan Higashi, Karolyn Lundkvist, Mele Spencer and in back, Barbara Hastings. Pung is former Zonta Area 7 director, Spencer is director-elect and Tulang is a past district governor. Photos by Bo-Goran Lundkvist.