About Social Wahine

Social Wahine is Hawaii’s premier, invitation-only professional network for ambitious women looking to accomplish big goals personally and professionally. Founded in 2006, Social Wahine is a network for building community, friendships, networking, and tapping into member resources. Social Wahine is a private, members-only community for Hawaii movers and shakers. We believe in the power of giving and our first priority of Social Wahine is to always help the Social Wahine network. No request goes unanswered. We are a growing community of top business professionals and founders. Our members have access to exclusive members-only events, education series, online message board, accountability groups, coaching, mentorship and more.  Upcoming events include Accountability Groups, Member Cohorts, Yoga in the park, Cocktail Parties, and more – who said networking isn’t fun?

About the Founder

Danielle Scherman, click here to email me
Founder of Social Wahine
Realtor Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hawaii, www.BarefootAgent.com
Danielle founded Social Wahine in 2006 to create a community for women, about women and to support women. The organization is Hawaii’s premier community for professional women devoted to creating an empowered life at work and home. From childhood, Danielle was a natural community builder, party planner and the one who brought everyone together.  Born and raised in Kailua, Danielle’s career has included real estate, public relations, event management and nonprofit leadership. As an entrepreneur, she has launched four companies on the U.S. Mainland. Having worked in real estate for just a few years, she has sold over $20 million in properties in Hawaii and New York City. While she may sell real estate and make deals during the week, she’s most at home in the ocean where her favorite past time is sailing.

Executive Team

Stephanie Silverstein, Social Wahine Partnerships Co-Chair
Associate Editor, Hawaii Home + Remodeling
Stephanie is the associate editor of Hawaii Home + Remodeling, where she writes about new residential construction and remodeling projects across the Hawaiian Islands.  Social Wahine played an integral role in fast-tracking Stephanie’s journalism career in Hawaii, where she connected with other members and landed freelance gigs. She loves meeting new people and encouraging friends to pursue their personal and professional goals and welcomes Social Wahine members to reach out to her for writing and editing advice, or even for a hike!

Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura, Social Wahine Events Co-Chair
Co-founder and Resultant, TH!NK
Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura is a co-founder/owner of an award-winning business talent and development company. As an executive coach and training resultant, she collaborates with island leaders to transform employees, helping employers maximize employee results.  A fun fact about Sarah is in college she produced a love song and dedication show called the Affection Connection.

Tiera Kekaula-Villaruel, Social Wahine Newsletter & Promotions Chair
Common Area Coordinator, Ala Moana Center
Tiera Kekaula-Villaruel may work with more than 100 merchants as part of her role as Ala Moana Center’s common area coordinator, but she loves nothing more than strapping on her boxing gloves. Tiera has music in her blood and grew up in her grandfather’s karaoke lounge where her whole family got in on the act.

Roseann Freitas, Social Wahine Partnerships Co-Chair
V.P./ Business & Operations Manager, Archipelago Hawaii
Roseann Freitas has been working in the design industry since 2005.  For Archipelago Hawaii, she handles accounting functions, HR duties, project purchasing coordination, & marketing. Among her many talents, she’s an avid traveler, has been a Jazzercise instructor for 24 years and is a presenter for the National Kitchen and Bath Association and various national shows.

Alexandra Makk, Social Wahine Public Relations Chair
Account Executive, Mana Means Communications; Social Media Director, Makk Studios
Born and raised on Oahu in her family’s business, Alexandra Makk has always had an affinity for human behaviors and a passion for writing. After graduating with a B.A. in Communicology from UH Manoa, she put these attributes to good use at her current position in Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing.

Kawena Carvalho-MattosSocial Wahine Social Media Chair
Project Manager & Executive Assistant, Lent Enterprises
Through her work with digital marketing and social media, Kawena uses online strategies to help clients find useful platforms to get their message across. Born and raised in Hawaii, she is a proud Kamehameha Schools and H.P.U. graduate. Kawena enjoys singing, exploring different restaurants and locations on Oahu, and getting between the Kindle pages of a new book.

Board of Advisors

Jacquelyn Vaughn, 
Community Engagement Consultant, Linkedin Profile
Specializes in helping women in leadership to advance organizations with a holistic approach that incorporates multiple strategies. Her passion is working with women in nonprofit leadership and women-owned businesses. Her portfolio has included strengthening community outreach, partnership development, volunteer leadership, brand ambassadorship, elevating public profiles, opportunities through public relations and creative communications programs, strategic planning and more.

Ellen Ng, Sponsorships Chair
E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Lead
Watanabe Floral Inc.
Ellen is the E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Lead at Watanabe Floral, where she works on making the online shopping for flowers enjoyable. A newbie to the island, she spends her free time exploring the nooks and crannies of Oahu, and searching for cafes. She is also passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and women empowerment.


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