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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.
Barbara Hastings


655 Pencils & More for Africa

Two suitcases filled with school supplies for children in Africa have been packed up and sent to Honolulu today.

Hilo Zontians bought or collected:
655 pencils
28 packs colored markers
23 rules/protractors
45 pens
230 erasers
4 boxes colored pencils
65 boxes crayons
45 pencil sharpeners
7 flutophones
17 scissors
10 bookbags
miscellaneous items

They will be delivered to Nancy Pace, MD, who spoke to our Club in June.  Nancy does medical mission and other work in various world tough spots.  She said for some of the children, it will be their very first pencil.  We will keep you posted on  details of exactly where the supplies go in Africa.

Jane M. Klausman Scholarship 2011

Anna Hidano, Zonta International Club of Hilo Klausman Scholar

The Zonta Club of Hilo has awarded the $1,000 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship to Anna Hidano, a senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She is majoring in Economics with a minor in Asian Studies and expects to receive her BA in May of 2012. Ms. Hidano was born in Hilo, HI and is a graduate of Hilo High School where she was Student Association President. She was recognized by the Business Education Partnership (BEP), earning three BEP awards during her participation in the program. She also won first place awards in the 2007 and 2008 High School Market Place Competition, a statewide competition. At Saint Joseph’s University she is an At Large representative for the student senate. She will be president of the economic club and has been accepted in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the school’s economic honor society. In addition she is secretary of the Asian Student Association. She has a goal to pursue a graduate degree in an international business field. She would like to return to Hawaii to work, live and raise a family. She believes that she can play a positive role in the local community.

Zontian Dawn Pung Named Outstanding Older American

Dawn Pung seated between Zontians Ellen Aoki and Lily Inouye. Standing Zontians: Pat O'Toole, Irene Nagao, Jane Kawachi and Wilma Matsumura

Zonta Club of Hilo ace member, former president, former Zonta District 9 area director, Dawn Pung was named Hawaii County’s Outstanding Older American female.  She joins Victor Beardsley who was the male awardee.  She will be honored with others from around the state at a luncheon with Gov. Lingle in Honolulu.

Zonta Club of Hilo nominated Dawn for the honor.  Here are the first couple paragraphs of the nomination and a link to the pdf of the whole thing…

“Dawn Pung is a caregiver. Yet she somehow makes all the work that goes into that care seem part of a festival. Like the Pied Piper, she plays a tune that has hordes of friends and acquaintances following her off to one volunteer effort or another, “Come on. It’ll be fun.” And it usually is.  Whether it’s a pre-dawn rendevous with triathletes, or Moonlight Madness for the Cancer Society, a vigil against domestic violence, a prayer for peace or a fundraiser where you need to lay your money down, Dawn is the energizing force that keeps it focused and fun.

She seems to be everywhere all the time.  Yet she remains fiercely family-centered. Experienced working mother herself, she is determined to make the working-mom life easier for her daughter.  Every day that she’s in Hilo, Dawn prepares—and delivers—dinner to her daughter’s active family. Dinner and her and husband Ernie’s support was particularly helpful for daughter Penny when her husband, a National Guardsman, was deployed to the Middle East.  Dawn’s quite a lady, always well groomed,so it may be hard to imagine, but she’squick to help Ernie on the ranch, feeding livestock, and well, you know…

She takes caregiving from the closest point, her family and friends, to the largest—international efforts to advance the status of women. ”

Congratulations, Dawn!

Link to more of nomination… dawn 5f

Click here for link to Hawaii Tribune Herald story

Zonta Hilo Program Focus: Children Victims

This month’s program will feature Charlene Takeno of the State’s Missing Child Center and Detective James Gusman of the County’s Juvenile Aid Section.

Monday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. $22. Reservations required.

There’s been heightened concern and questions about runaways and vulnerability of teenagers due to a widely circulated e-mail on Hawaii Island.  Our speakers are not able to discuss that specific situation, but will respond to reports of missing children.

Charlene Takeno works closely with local police, Hawaii Internet and Technology Crimes Unit, the Children’s Justice Center and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center to deal with runaways, especially those at risk for prostitution or online enticement.

The Missing Child Center locates and recovers missing children and reunites them with family.  The Center works to prevent child abduction in the State.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Sexual Assault Awareness Month.