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How to stay competitive in a changing workforce – Ways to attract and retain top talent by adapting
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When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
From 7:30 until 9:30 AM
Where: The Plaza Club
900 Fort Street Mall
20th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States
Contact: Landon Wong

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As you know, the search for talent in Hawaii is growing more and more complicated and more challenging with each new open job requisition! With a 2.7% unemployment rate (Hawaii state – Sept 2019) and Honolulu’s urban population dropping for its 4th consecutive year (2018 census); we no doubt have a talent shortage.


Our talent is not always where it’s needed, and along with that, we have an evolving workforce. Both attracting and retaining talent is a consistent challenge for most every organization.  One recent survey found that 60% of employees plan to look for a new job in 2019.


How will your organization adapt and evolve to be prepared in these times of change?

  • Learn about what is going on in the talent workforce today, both in Hawaii and abroad; and what we can expect for the future as it relates to organizational success and talent management. 
  • Gain ideas around creating and implementing a “reimagined” talent sourcing approach, that is worthy of building and retaining your future workforce.
  • Be exposed to the benefits of analyzing and upgrading your overall recruitment strategy – proactive approaches to sourcing talent and recruitment marketing
  • Be encouraged to “think outside the box” – ways Hawaii organizations are adapting to our changing workforce through creative approaches to recruiting and talent management.

Guest Speakers

Chrystal Dart With a background in building recruitment teams and processes for local companies, Chrystal started Navigate Consulting as a way to help more companies do the same.  Talent is the number one issue that leaders from the C-Suite to Managers face, whether it’s attracting, developing or retaining and this is where Chrystal’s experience lies.  She has spent the past 8 years of her career building and refining the playbook on Talent Acquisition that identifies key individuals, programs and processes necessary for companies to achieve their goals.
  Kristen Kawabata Kristen’s background in people processes and recruitment spans 10 years, multiple cities and different industries all that require a unique approach to recruitment and retention.  Her professional motivation stems from identifying a gap between what employers are looking for in candidates and what potential employees feel they need.  Kristen co-founded Navigate Consulting to help bridge the gap that exists between the employer and the employee.  Her experience working with hiring managers at different companies has helped her craft the playbook on Talent Acquisition that will allow companies to map out their trajectory to success based on the people they hire. 

Shelli Ihori is the Manager of Workforce Planning and Compliance at Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care organizations. She has over 12 years of experience in human resources including areas of benefits, talent acquisition, organizational development, regulatory compliance, and workforce planning.

As an innovator in her field of workforce planning, Shelli’s scope of work involves partnering with educational institutions and the community at large to increase awareness of health care occupations at the fundamental level. With these partnerships, she continues to pave the pathway of success in collaborative focused on workforce needs for health care and mentoring young professionals in human resources.

Shelli earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management, International Business, and Management and a Master of Human Resource Management from Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.  She currently serves on the Shidler Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.


Shanyn Chung is a Workforce Planning Coordinator at Hawai‘i Pacific Health.  She applied to their Health Careers Summer Internship due to her interest in health care and ended up interning in their Human Resources department.  She has 9 years of experience in talent acquisition and workforce planning.  In her role, Shanyn helps with initiatives designed to create a diverse and talented workforce for the organization, by cultivating the skill sets of its current workforce, educating students of career options in health care and providing workforce readiness trainings.

She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Human Resource Management from Shidler College of Business at UH Mānoa.  She currently serves on the SHRM Hawai‘i Board of Directors as the Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee.


Tahnee Sales has over 15 years of knowledge and experience in the areas of recruitment, retention and workforce planning here in our local market.  In addition, she has a strong philosophical approach to service excellence, wanting to ensure that all stakeholders – candidates, employees, managers, internal HR colleagues and her own staff – feel that they are able to receive and provide top service at all times.  

Tahnee is the current Senior Manager of Recruitment Services, Workforce Planning and HR Service Excellence with Kamehameha Schools and has played an integral role in centralizing state-wide recruitment operations and creating a recruitment strategy that supports the organizations people strategy to “find the right people, at the right time, with the talent and passion for KS’ mission”. 

Prior to her role at KS, Tahnee spent 10 years working in the staffing industry where she successfully recruited and managed a team of recruiters, who serviced a range of positions for both small and large businesses.

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