Getting to know Jovanna

Posted Saturday, June 27, 2020 by Elite Pacific




1. If you could meet one woman business leader —from any industry, time or place — for coffee, who would it be?

Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop.  She was a visionary and incredible philanthropist who dedicated her endowment to prioritize education and improve Hawai’i for generations.  Much of the impact of the work I have been a part of in Hawaii has been made possible by Bernice’s investment.

2. What is the proudest moment of your career, so far?

It makes me incredibly proud to be able to collaborate with a diverse community of businesses, government, and civic leaders across multiple sectors to improve communities in Hawai’i. 

A definite highlight was collaborating with Hawaii Five-0 in 2018.  A partnership between a small local non-profit (Hoʻōla Nā Pua) and CBS does not have the most obvious synergy, but both parties had the same shared goal of amplifying the reality of child sex trafficking in Hawai’i.  Through this special project (2 episodes and 5 PSAs) we were able to reach over 8 million viewers accelerating our reach and impact both locally and nationally!

3. What makes you happy?

I’m at my happiest on a horse.  Or creating memories with my family.

4. How do you start your day?

After a strong espresso shot, I jump right in as I truly believe that the best way to get ahead is to JUST GET STARTED!  I treat each day as an opportunity to be great, do my best, and shine!

5. What is your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal with it?

My least favorite thing is being forced to accept the status quo -- once I see a problem and envision a pathway to change or improvement, I get singularly focused like a dog to a bone.  I love to be challenged with the freedom to approach complex problems as opportunities for developing innovative solutions.