Here’s what nonprofit leaders who’ve been through the HANO Fellows are saying about their experiences.
Nick Winfrey, 2023 Fellow
Maui United Way
Mahalo Jennifer and Anthony for all that you all do! This was an amazing experience that continues to add value every day to the work we are doing in Maui County and beyond. The insights in everything from HR to strategy have been useful, but the network and sharing with our cohort have been invaluable. I continue to chat weekly with my fellow fellows 😀 and have leaned on them more than once to help our work during recovery.
Emma Broderick, 2023 Fellow
Creating, nourishing, and growing safe spaces is an important part of the work I do with Puʻuhonua Society. And yet I donʻt often work to create and find these same spaces for myself, which are so important as someone who is new to the Executive Director position and has so much to learn. HANO Fellows was a space I could ask questions, be vulnerable, and share missteps, which have been vital parts of my first year in what I hope to be many, many more years to come.
Nani Baretto, 2022 Fellow
Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization
Thank goodness for the HANO Fellows Program! As a first-time nonprofit director, this program provided me with access to cutting-edge and HI-relevant executive leadership resources and experts, while also connecting me with a cohort of fellow nonprofit directors who continue to serve as invaluable thought partners and peer mentors in this field. Mahalo to Jennifer and Anthony (and the entire HANO team) for granting me this unique and much-needed opportunity!
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Landon Opunui, 2023 Fellow
Nā Puʻuwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System
The 2023 HANO Fellows program has been an immensely gratifying chapter of personal and professional development. Engaging with a cohort of devoted nonprofit leaders dedicated to serving Hawaii’s communities elevated our profound sense of shared purpose. The programs facilitation offered profound insights that significantly enriched our collective experience and strengthened our network of support. This program has been instrumental in enhancing my capacity to serve my organization and community more effectively, reigniting my passion for the important work I am privileged to do in the nonprofit sector. I cherish the invaluable lessons and connections this program has cultivated.
ʻEkela Kahuanui, 2022 Fellow
North Kohala Community Resource Center
I was fortunate enough to be chosen for the 2022 HANOʻs Fellows program. Each month the HANO team introduced the cohort to new and improved ways of looking at our journey as leaders.
Iʻm proud of my growth and the knowledge Iʻve gained through my participation in the cohort as well as the friendships Iʻve made with other leaders. The HANO team is amazing and genuinely care about the growth of their participants and the organizations we all serve!
Kandice Johns, 2022 Fellow
UVSC (Us Versus Cancer)
Participation in the HANO Fellows Program provided me with a supportive community of inspiring, knowledgeable and innovative peer leaders and friends at a pivotal time in my career as a new ED. It was a relief to have a safe space to learn, be heard, be vulnerable, and to grow alongside others going through similar experiences. The program helped me to build confidence and connections that have nurtured and fueled my ongoing passion for nonprofit work in our communities! 😊
Nick Redding, Ph.D., 2022 Fellow
Hawai’i Data Collaborative
Participating in the HANO Fellows program happened at just the right time for me. Not long after founding a new organization, the gaps in my knowledge and experience were apparent. While I was doing fine as a leader, “fine” wasn’t good enough – I wanted to bring my best. More than filling in my knowledge gaps, the HANO Fellows program brought me together with other leaders who needed a space to learn and grow together. It was a fantastic opportunity that I draw from daily on my leadership journey.
Aiko Yamashiro, 2022 Fellow
Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities
Being a HANO Fellow really opened my eyes to the power of the diverse nonprofit sector, and helped me better see the role of my org in Hawaiʻi. Our whole group felt committed to equity, excellence, and deep thought and learning.Thank you for the chance to connect across very different missions, inspire each other, and grow. I took back important lessons for my staff, Board, strategic planning, and relationships that will continue to nourish me.
Valerie Janikowski, 2022 Fellow