HPU | Women’s Executive Leadership Council

Women’s Executive Leadership Council

Young women benefit from experienced mentors guiding them through complex workplace dynamics, and with its commitment to innovative student-focused programming, Hawai’i Pacific University is prepared to lead the way with the establishment of the Women’s Executive Leadership Council.

“Although there are many more open doors for emerging female leaders today, gender parity in most industries is still a long way off... We want to do our part to help close the gender gap and ensure that organizations, corporations and institutions benefit from all of the talents and strengths that women have to offer.” 

-Jennifer Walsh, HPU Senior Vice President and Provost


Hawai’i Pacific University currently enrolls nearly 3,000 undergraduate women each year -- a quarter of whom matriculate from Hawai’i high schools. With more women than ever before in executive positions in Hawai’i, HPU is committed to connecting young women to dynamic female leaders to ensure that HPU's female students and young alumni are prepared to lead in their chosen professions. As women constitute more than two-thirds of HPU's student body, this initiative has the potential to transform the career trajectory of women in-state and around the globe.

Statement of Commitment:

The Council will pair students and young alumni with experienced executive leaders who can offer them guidance. Our mentors are tasked with facilitating leadership development among HPU undergraduate and graduate students through:

  • Intentional pairing of female HPU students and young alumni with executive women in a variety of industries
  • Focused conversations and programming designed to encourage self-confidence, self-efficacy, and leadership ambition among HPU's female students and alumni
  • Mentoring, networking, and career development opportunities designed to promote female students and alumni to leadership positions in the state of Hawai’i