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9200605 WEBINAR: Keeping Connected: How to Engage Employees during the Crisis & Beyond
June 16, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in this webinar - cosponsored by UHA Health Insurance, Hawaii Health at Work Alliance, Hawaii Employers Council, and Hawaii Business - to learn how local leaders are keeping connected by engaging employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The chaos of ever-changing laws, evolving stay-at-home orders, the need to home school children while working, and dealing with the uncertain future have left many stressed out and anxious. Some local leaders, however, have fully embraced their leadership position and have admirably led their organizations with hope and compassion. They have found a way to nurture their staff’s connection with the company, their respective departments, and each other.

In this one-hour webinar, in a conversation moderated by Steve Petranik (Hawaii Business), you will meet three inspirational leaders - Howard Lee (UHA Health Insurance), Toby Taniguchi (KTA) and Karen Tan (Child and Family Services) - who will share their stories of keeping employees connected and engaged.

We have all been affected by COVID-19 in some way or another. Embracing our position to create an environment that’s compassionate, allowing for connection and leadership, will determine the outlook of our future.

About Our Speakers:
Howard Lee has led UHA Health Insurance as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2011. Howard is a proven leader, overseeing UHA’s overall growth and profitability, while moving the company toward a wellness-driven culture. He has been a key driver in bringing workplace wellness solutions to market for Hawai'i employers. As a result of this focus on workplace wellness, Howard was instrumental in launching the Hawai'i Health at Work Alliance (HH@WA) in 2013. HH@WA brings together Hawai'i employers of all sizes and industries to learn from each other’s knowledge and experiences in the area of workplace wellness. This collaborative group is working toward the shared goal of a happier, healthier more productive workforce for the state.

Howard joined UHA Health Insurance as Chief Financial Officer in 1997 and served in that role until 2005. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and then was named Executive Vice President in 2004. In addition, Lee has served on the UHA Board of Directors since 1999 and served as Treasurer from 2004 to 2011. Prior to joining the company, Howard served as Vice President and Controller with Magoon Estate, Limited and Guenoc Winery, in Hawai'i and California, from 1991 to 1997, and served as an Audit Manager with Coopers and Lybrand International, CPAs from 1984 to 1991. Lee serves on a number of community boards, including the Hawai'i Health at Work Alliance (Chair), the Hawai'i Association of Health Plans (Director), the Waikiki Health Center (Chair), the Hawai'i Divison of the American Heart Association (Director), the March of Dimes Hawai'i Chapter (Chair), and the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i (Director).

Lee was born and raised in Hawai'i and graduated from James B. Castle High School in Kaneohe and the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.

Steve Petranik has been an editor and reporter for almost four decades and now is the editor of Hawaii Business. Before joining the magazine in 2009, he spent 18 years as an editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and five years at the Honolulu Advertiser. He’s reported from six countries on three continents and his stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.


Karen Tan is the President and CEO of Child & Family Service (CFS), one of Hawaii’s largest and oldest human service organizations. With a budget of approximately $30-million, Tan oversees nearly 50 CFS programs and over 400 employees state-wide. Under her leadership, CFS has helped thousands of Hawaii’s families address serious life challenges so they can create healthy and thriving futures.  Tan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 24 years of management experience leading nonprofit organizations such as Parents and Children Together. She has served as an executive leader for over 11 years and was responsible for introducing national social service best practices to CFS, improving the organization’s effectiveness ten-fold. In addition, Tan has transformed CFS operations by incorporating adaptations of proven national models; she understands that in order for certain models to work they must be altered to meet the needs of Hawaii’s multicultural communities.  Tan holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University. She is certified through the Alliance for Stronger Families and Communities’ Executive Leadership Institute and is an Omidyar Fellow (from Cohort VI). Tan has presented at several Alliance conferences on topics of Results Based Accountability and developing leaders. In 2019, Hawaii Business Magazine honored Tan as one of their 20 for the Next 20, she was also listed as one of Pacific Business News’ Women to Watch in 2014.

Toby Taniguchi became President & Chief Operating Officer in 2014, and has worked for KTA since 1996.  He is actively involved in public service and non-profit organizations.  He is the incoming President of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and has also served as Chairman for the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, The Hawaii Island United Way, and Hawaii Employers Council.  In addition to having served as the Capital Campaign Chairman of the Hawaii Japanese Center, he also sits on the Board of Directors for Parker Ranch, Waiakea High School Foundation and the Lyman House Museum.  Toby is a Pacific Century Fellow (Class of 2003), and was recognized twice by Hawaii Business Magazine, as a “40 Under Forty” (2003) and “20 for the next 20” (2010).  He received a B.S. degree from the University of Portland, and a Certificate in Food Industry Management from the University of Southern California.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time)

Registration Fee:
Members: FREE
Non-Members: FREE
Register online or by emailing Liane Okimoto at:  lokimoto@hecouncil.org 
Please provide full names & email addresses for each attendee.

Contact Phone: 8084408815

Contact Name: Liane Okimoto

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