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Fall 2015 Keynote Speaker: Sherry Menor-McNamara

Portrait of Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i
Sherry Menor-McNamara President & CEO Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i

President & Chief Executive Officer

Sherry Menor-McNamara was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii on September 1, 2013; becoming the youngest and first female President and CEO of the Chamber in the organization’s 164-year history. She previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. She joined the Chamber as Director of Business Advocacy in 2006 and was promoted to Vice President of Business Advocacy and Government Affairs in 2007.

Prior to joining the Chamber, she was events manager for ESPN Sports’ Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. She has lived in several major cities, including Tokyo, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and London, working for a wide variety of companies, such as Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Estee Lauder Company, Field Group, Elton John Production and “60 Minutes” news magazine show, as well as for the Hawaii State Legislature, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka and the Executive Office of the United States President.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Queen’s Health Systems, Board of Trustees of the Fujitsu JAIMS Foundation, Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Move Oahu Forward, Executive Committee of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Board of Directors for the FILCom Center, Board of Directors for the East-West Center Foundation, Advisory Council of the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, American Lung Association’s Lung Force Hawaii Women’s Cabinet, Board of Directors for Girls Scouts Hawaii, and on numerous task forces.

She currently is a fellow of the Omidyar Fellows Leadership Program. In 2015, Sherry was selected to represent the United States in the Korea Foundation’s Program for Distinguished Individuals in Economy. In 2014, she was recognized as “Top 10 to Watch” by Pacific Business News. In 2012, she was recognized as a “Top 20 to Watch” by Hawaii Business magazine. Menor-McNamara was also inducted as a Laureate into the 2014 Class of the Junior Achievement of Hawaii Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2014, she participated in the prestigious Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs leadership program where leaders from various disciplines are nominated and accepted. She met with various chief and senior executives of Japanese companies and government officials to promote the relationship between Japan and Hawaii.

Menor-McNamara earned a certificate in Expanding Impact in Advocacy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. She received her juris doctorate degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law and her MBA from the Shidler College of Business – both at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also pursued graduate study in public administration at the University of Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Hilo, where she graduated from Waiakea High School, Menor-McNamara is married to John McNamara. She enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with her husband and dogs, Bruin and Kuma-chan.