HEC 74th Annual Meeting


You are cordially invited to HEC’s 74th Annual Meeting and morning session…


Thursday, November 16, 2017



Morning Session


8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

“Recruiting in a Multi-Generational World”

Marie Kumabe, Principal, Kumabe HR




10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

“One Size Does NOT Fit All: Motivating Employees for Peak Performance”

Traci Manalani, Principal, Coach and Consultant, Practical Solutions for Sustainable Change


Annual Meeting Luncheon


11:45 a.m.

Luncheon Only Attendee Registration


12:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Luncheon

“How I Went From Driving a Charley’s Taxi to Owning Tetris and Finding My Missions in Life”

Henk Rogers, Founder and Chariman, Blue Planet Foundation; Founder and CEO, Blue Planet Energy Systems



Morning Session


“Recruiting in a Multi-Generational World”


Marie Kumabe

There is no silver bullet to find the best employees. Rather, there are many blades of grass. We live in a time, where everything is highly individualized, and recruiting is no different. This means taking a more tailored approach as we seek to attract and engage the best candidates from a multigenerational workforce.


Companies of all sizes must refine their recruiting strategies to ensure they remain sensitive to the distinct priorities, needs, and desires of each demographic in the workforce.


We will review the initial components necessary to develop a recruitment strategy that is sensitive to workforce generation and capitalizes on individual expectations.


Marie Kumabe, Principal, provides Executive Recruitment and Human Resource Consulting. Kumabe HR incorporates cutting edge technology and an enviable network to the search for top talent. She has spent the last 10 years actively engaged with Hawaii companies, partnering with them to insure that their organizations have access to the best HR trends as well as leadership candidates. She has over 20 years in business, with 15 years specifically in staffing and recruitment. Marie is a recognized leader in the field of staffing and human resources in the state as is demonstrated by her appointment as the current Faculty Director for the Masters of Human Resources Management program at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii. The 15-year unique relationship Kumabe has with the University delivers an amazing network representing the top emerging talent available in the state. She launched a successful national staffing franchise and sold her interests to start her own company and serve the community on her terms. She has also served as Director of Human Resources for American Hawaii Cruises and has held senior management positions with Continental and Northwest Airlines. Marie received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in International Relations with an emphasis in Business, and holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She is active in organizations like the Junior League of Honolulu, Nuuanu YMCA Board, the UH TIM Alumni Organization and Aloha United Way.



“One Size Does NOT Fit All: Motivating Employees for Peak Performance”


Traci Manalani

With this volatile labor market, it is essential to retain your high performers. Come join us for an interactive workshop to explore some of the secrets to keeping great people. In this session we will discuss:


  • The power of motivation, its impact on retention and strategies that work for all types of organizations
  • The manager’s role in motivating their employees and a simple approach they can use that results in a customized plan for each employee


Traci Manalani is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) as designated by the International Coach Federation and has over 25 years of organization development experience. She is adept at designing and implementing comprehensive approaches that lead to sustainable outcomes focused on meeting each organization’s unique needs. Her expertise includes providing individual and team coaching as well as facilitating transformational programs. Traci’s 1:1 coaching encourages leaders, executives and managers to recognize blind-spots and transform behaviors so they can achieve their full potential and catalyze their organizations to greatness. Traci’s organization and relationship system coaching (ORSC) approach creates more cohesive teams and strengthens understanding that leads to strategic and sustainable solutions at a leveraged scale. Traci is a seasoned facilitator and has led programs that combine practical skill-building with mind-set growth, which has led to significant culture change within organizations. Traci boldly steps into challenging situations bolstered by her years of conflict resolution experience and diplomatic relational skills.


Traci has her Masters in Psychology, Bachelors in Human Resources Management, is certified as a coach through the International Coach Federation and Fielding Graduate University’s Evidence Based Coaching program, is completing a specialized coach certification program with CRR Global focusing on Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC), is pursuing her PhD in Organizational Systems, and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has worked globally with private sector companies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.


Traci has lived and worked outside of the U.S. and is conscientious of cultural nuances that allow her to be successful with strategic interventions in diverse situations.


Prior to working as an independent coach and consultant, Traci had experience working for organizations in several leadership roles and managed large groups (including a staff of sixty). Traci also was an individual and family therapist for several years, which led to her founding an Employee Assistance Program on the Island of Kauai in the early 2000s.



Annual Meeting Luncheon


“How I Went From Driving a Charley’s Taxi to Owning Tetris and Finding My Missions in Life”


Henk Rogers

Henk B. Rogers is a Dutch-born entrepreneur and clean energy visionary, who has dedicated the past decade of his career to the research, development, advocacy and implementation of renewable energy sources in his adopted home of Hawaii.
Rogers studied computer science at the University of Hawaii and spent his early career in Japan as a video game developer and publisher, gaining distinction for producing the country’s first major role-playing game, The Black Onyx. Rogers went on to revolutionize the video game industry by securing the rights for the blockbuster Tetris, which 30 years later remains a bestseller and global icon of gaming culture.
Today, Rogers serves as chairman of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris franchise; founder of Blue Planet Foundation, the state’s leading nonprofit clean energy advocate; founder of Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first venture accelerator for local technology entrepreneurs; and founder of Blue Planet Research, which is working on off-grid solutions and exploring the hydrogen economy.
Through educational outreach, policy advancement and the development of statewide programs, Blue Planet Foundation is on the front line as Hawaii progresses toward energy independence to meet its 100 percent clean energy goal. Blue Planet Foundation’s annual energy report card has become a key marker assessing the state’s renewable energy efforts and areas of improvement. In 2015, Rogers founded Blue Planet Energy Systems to advance his mission of ending the use of carbon-based fuel worldwide, with Hawaii leading the charge. He led the development of Blue Ion, a prepackaged energy storage solution combining Sony’s industry leading battery technology with proprietary system architecture and energy management software.
Available on the market since August 2015, Blue Ion offers a safe, reliable, fully automated renewable energy solution to aid the adoption of off-grid photovoltaic systems and reduce Hawaii’s reliance on carbon-based fuels. Using Blue Ion technology, Rogers declared both his residences in Honolulu and Kailua-Kona completely energy independent.

Entrée Choices:


Beef Tenderloin, Garden Vegetables, Shallot Potato Puree and Red Wine Jus
Smoked Tofu with Potato Puree and Red Wine Sauce



Morning Session

$80.00 per person

$40.00 per person (Neighbor Island Members)


Annual Meeting Luncheon

$75.00 per person

$675 per table of 10


$145 per person for the Morning Session and Annual Meeting Luncheon ($115 for NI Members)


Click here to download the flyer and registration form for the Annual Meeting


Proxy cards were mailed to members for the election of board members. To ensure quorum is achieved, please submit your proxy to Hawaii Employers Council no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2017. Members may return their proxy card via regular mail, hand delivery, fax (808-440-8873), or email (proxyHEC@hecouncil.org).


Halekulani Hotel

2199 Kalia Rd

Honolulu, Hawaii 98615




No online registration available for this event