News & Events

  • GWCC Job Announcement: Executive Director

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW ANNOUNCEMENT

  • 2018 GWCC BOARD ELECTION

    MEET THE 8 NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 GWCC BOARD ELECTION
    (CLICK TO VIEW PROFILES)
     
    LAURA NELSON-CEPEDA
    MICHELLE CRISOSTOMO
    JACKIE HANSON
    RINDRATY CELES LIMTIACO
    JENNIFER MCFERRAN
    LEAH METRA
    TASI PEDDICORD
    HOLLY RUSTICK
     
    GWCC members who are current with their membership dues for 2017 can vote at the General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 16th, 8AM at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.  Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM.  The meeting fee is $20 for Members and $25 for Interested Individuals.  
    Click here to RSVP
     
    *If unable to attend the General Membership Meeting, GWCC members may submit an absentee ballot by 8AM on Thursday, November 16th.  Click here.

  • Cyber Protection Tips for Consumers and Businesses

    SEMINAR FEATURING FRANK ISHIZAKI
    PRESENTED BY THE GUAM WOMEN'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UOG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
     
    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
    10:30 AM, IT&E LECTURE HALL (ROOM 131)
    JESUS AND EUGENIA LEON GUERRERO SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION BLDG. 
    UNIVERSITY OF GUAM
     
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    CLICK HERE TO VIEW FLYER

  • Special General Membership Meeting

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a Special General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in the Fort San Jose Ballroom, Outrigger Guam Resort.  This event will feature a Q&A session with an all-female panel of government officials.  
     
    Breakfast opens at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  
     
    The meeting fee is $17 for GWCC Members and $20 for Interested Individuals.
     
    For additional information, please contact Eileen at 646-3246 or ed@guamwcc.com.
     
    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

  • 4TH ANNUAL GWCC GOLF TOURNAMENT

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) will be hosting its 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Onward Talofofo Golf Resort.
     
    Proceeds from GWCC’s Annual Golf Tournament help GWCC promote women entrepreneurship, empowerment, education, training, and technical consulting for the 200+ women in business GWCC represents.  Proceeds also go towards GWCC’s five higher education scholarships at the University of Guam, Guam Community College and Pacific Islands University. 
     
    We hope you will consider joining us this year as a sponsor and valued partner in order to sooner turn our vision into a reality that Guam will be an island economy driven and influenced by the equal participation of women in business.
     
    Thank you for your support!
     
    CLICK HERE TO VIEW FLYER
    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PLAYER REGISTRATION FORM
    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP PACKET
     

  • Guam PTAC: July Workshops

    The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is offering FREE workshops to the public for July 2017.
     
    Workshops run from 9am-10am in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero Business and Public Administration Building, Margarita Duenas Perez & Jaime Felipe Tuquero IT&E Lecture Hall, 131 (unless otherwise specified):
     
    7/20/17 – SBA Profile and DSBSLearn how to use SBA’s database to market your small business.
    7/27/17 – FedBizOpps and NECOLearn where to find solicitations and how to set up automated searches.
     
    Please register on www.guamptac.com, or call/email Therese at 735-2552 / admin@guamptac.com. Walk-ins are welcome!

  • Pacific Human Resource Services: Upcoming Training

    7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS SUMMER PROGRAM
    Click here to view flyer.
     
    7 HABITS MANAGEMENT SERIES 
    Click here to view flyer.

  • Guam SBDC: July Workshops

    The Guam Small Business Development Center will be offering low to no cost workshops for the month of July. All workshops will be conducted at the UOG Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business & Public Administration Bldg. in the SBDC Training Room#148, First Floor (unless specified otherwise) from 8:30am – 11:00am. Please see training details below. 
     
    Wednesday, July 19th (8:30am – 10:30am) **Registration deadline 07/18/17 at 12noon
    “The Benefits of Record Keeping for Farmers with USDA Farm Service Agency”
    Presented by Doreen Rivera, Thomas Nii, Tom Camacho, & Jamey Weakley (USDA FSA)
    Fee: FREE OF CHARGE
    Location: UOG Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero Bldg. SBPA Margarita Duenas Perez & Jamie Felipe Tuquero IT&E Lecture Hall Rm#131
    Synopsis: One common trait that all successful farm operations share is the ability to maintain accurate and up-to-date financial and production records.  Financial and production records are also required to qualify for various benefits including FSA loans and cost reimbursement programs. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is here to give you some ideas on: how to keep basic financial records; how to keep farm production records; what kind of financial and production records is FSA looking for; and benefits of the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Program.
     
    Wednesday, July 26th (8:00am – 4:00pm) **Registration & payment deadline 07/24/17 at 12noon
    “Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!)”
    Calling all interested 7th – 12th grade students and recent high school graduates
    Fee: $10 per person (Includes lunch)
    Location: Unnai Ballroom, Westin Resort Guam
    Synopsis: The summit will focus on the following themes: raising entrepreneurship awareness among young, high school students; developing effective leadership and teamwork skills to enhance business acumen; and learning from the experiences of successful entrepreneurs to create new businesses.
     
    Friday, July 28th (8:30am – 4:30pm) **Registration & payment deadline 07/26/17 at 12noon
    “QuickBooks: All Day Boot Camp”
    Presented by Denise M. Mendiola, Senior Business Advisor/WIB Program Coordinator
    Fee: $100 per person
    Synopsis: In this seminar, we'll get you up to speed on QuickBooks' many features, tools, and menus; explore the easiest, most efficient ways to put QuickBooks to work for you; and drill down into more advanced functions. You'll be surprised at how swiftly you'll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to take full advantage of this powerful program! Topics that will be covered: QuickBooks Basics to Get You Up and Running with Confidence; Your Chart of Accounts: Spend Time Setting it Up Now and You’ll Save Time in the Future; QuickBooks Tracking – Built-in Features to Easily Run Highly Detailed Reports; Payables and Receivables – Keeping Track of Your Income and Expenditures; Save Time With QuickBooks’ Many Customizable Report Options.
     
    TO REGISTER log onto http://pisbdcn.ecenterdirect.com

    TO MAKE PAYMENT online log onto your eCenter account and click PAY NOW

    Cash, check (payable to University of Guam) & major credit cards (AMEX, Visa, and MasterCard) accepted.

  • GWCC now accepting scholarship applications!

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to award $1,500 scholarships to:
     

    • Two (2) full-time students currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guam
    • Two (2) full-time students currently enrolled and pursuing an Associate’s Degree at the Guam Community College
    • One (1) full-time student currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the Pacific Islands University

     
    Deadline for submission is July 17, 2017.
     
    Download UOG application here.
     
    Download GCC application here.
     
    Download PIU application here.

  • 2nd Annual GWCC Golf Tournament Postponed to August 22, 2015

    Click here to view flyer for more details.  

  • Catch Hightide Women's Summit on KUAM!

    If you missed the opportunity to attend the GWCC Hightide Women's Summit, you can TUNE in to KUAM all this week!

    Check online KUAM.com for full schedule.
     

    TVONE (Channel 1 Docomo Pacific) & GNN (Channel 17 GTA)
    Sunday - Saturday (beginning May 7)
    5AM, 9AM, & 5PM
     
    TV8
    Sunday, May 7 at 9am
    Monday, May 8 at 12pm
    Wednesday, May 10 at 12pm
    Thursday, May 11 at 12pm
     
    TV11
    Sunday, May 7 at 4pm
    Tuesday, May 9 at 3pm
    Thursday, May 11 at 3pm
    Friday, May 12 at 3pm
    Saturday, May 13 at 4:30pm
     

    Episode 1:
    Welcome remarks: Hightide Founder Stacie Krajchir-Tom, GWCC President Vanessa Williams and Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero
    Cultivating Confidence: Jess Weiner, CEO Talk to Jess, Dove Global Self-Esteem Ambassador
     
    Episode 2: 
    Harnessing the Power of Social Media: Chelsea Matthews, Founder Black Matte Culture
     
    Episode 3:
    The Business Incubator: How to Create and Market Your Handmade Products Locally and Globally
    It Only Takes One Act to Change a Life: Veronica Everett-Boyce, Founder of Urban Fitness 911
     
    Episode 4:
    Making your Mark and Monetizing your Brand: Kelley Lilien, Founder of @Mrs. Lilien and Brand-Aid
     
    Episode 5:
    Panel: Work-Life Balance and How to Stay Inspired: Stacie Krajchir-Tom, Kelley Lilien, Chelsea Matthews, Jess Weiner and Veronica Everett-Boyce

  • General Membership Meeting on May 18

    Special Knowledge Session at the
    General Membership Meeting, May 18th
    Guam’s Economy and Self Determination

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is proud to present a morning of learning and engagement with representatives from the Commission on Decolonization’s three task forces: Statehood, Free Association and Independence. Mr. Joe Bradley, Chief Economist for the Bank of Guam, will also discuss the economic opportunities under each unique option.

    Lead the conversation by submitting your questions for the task forces by this Friday, May 12th 
    to Executive Director Eileen Agahan at ed@guamwcc.com.

    General Membership Meeting: Thursday, May 18th
    ·  The View, Pacific Star Resort & Spa (lobby level)
    ·  Breakfast at 7:30AM, program begins promptly at 8AM and ends at 9:30AM
    ·  $20 for GWCC Members and $25 for Interested Individuals
     
    CLICK HERE TO RSVP

  • How to Get Woman-Owned Small Business Certified

    The WOSB Federal Contract Program was implemented in February 2011 with the goal of expanding the number of industries where WOSB were able to compete for business with the federal government. It also allows set-asides for WOSBs in industries where women-owned small businesses are substantially underrepresented. 
     
    The WOSB program has gone through some changes. The WOSB Repository has moved from the General Login System to the new SBA One Contracting Portal at certify.sba.gov. In this new portal, WOSB business owners will be able to manage their documents, complete forms online, and receive notices of upcoming deadlines. 
     
    The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center will explain the certification process and guide you through the WOSB Repository.
     
    When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9am-10am
     
    Where: Margarita Duenas Perez and Jaime Felipe Tuquero IT&E Lecture Hall (Room 131), Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero Business and Public Administration Building, University of Guam
     
    Workshop Fee: FREE (seating is limited)
     
    To register, visit www.guamptac.com, or call/email Therese at 735-2552 or admin@guamptac.com.

  • Guam SBDC April Training Schedule

    Friday, April 7th (8:30am – 11:00am) **Registration & payment deadline 04/05/17 at 12noon
    “How to Prepare a Financial Plan”
    Presented by Jane Ray, Business Advisor/Training Program Coordinator
    Fee: $20 per person
    Synopsis: A financial plan is the heart of any startup or existing business. It is a culmination of the income statement, the cash-flow projection and the business’ balance sheet. The financial plan is a way to look at a business through a financial lens, which is the view most investors or bankers prefer. When preparing a financial plan, it is not mandatory that you be a mathematician, but you need to understand how the numbers affect a business. This training will provide a foundation on both the financial reports and methodology to develop the numbers for those reports.
     
    Friday, April 14th (9:00am – 12:00pm) **Registration deadline 04/13/17 at 12noon
    GCA’s Small Business Committee, Guam PTAC, and UOG-Guam SBDC present:
    “Employee Management Training”
    Presented by Toshie Ito, Owner (Motiva Training & Consulting)
    Fee: FREE OF CHARGE
    Location: UOG Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero Bldg. School of Business & Public Administration, Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Multi-purpose Room #129, First Floor
    Synopsis: “How to Manage Employee Performance – 6 Elements That Affect Results” The performance of your business depends upon the performance and attitude of your employees. But it is not simply up to your employees to do their best and meet the expectations. For your business to be competitive and be successful, it is essential to create a system and an environment that enable employees to perform their jobs at their highest level. This seminar introduces six major elements that influence employees’ morale, job performance and loyalty.
    “How to Custom-design Practical Evaluation Forms” Generic evaluation forms use categories such as job knowledge, dependability, quality of work, attendance, judgment, teamwork, initiative, etc. The format seems simple but evaluators must write substantial amount of comment that supports the choice of ratings and it can be time-consuming. Custom-designed format makes it easier to evaluate performance and minimizes a significant difference in judgment and opinions. Learn how to design practical forms that directly reflect employees’ job functions and specific results.
     
    Friday, April 21st (8:30am – 11:00am) **Registration & payment deadline 04/19/17 at 12noon
    “How to Manage a Business”
    Presented by Denise M. Mendiola, Senior Business Advisor/WIB Program Coordinator
    Fee: $20 per person
    Synopsis: Managing other people effectively depends on managing yourself. Better business performance will therefore flow from improving your self-management skills. We have identified 8 different aspects of managing as business – managing yourself, your time, your employees, your customers, sales and networks, solving problems, managing risk, and managing your finances. This workshop identifies the issues you may face in each area, and provides you with practical recommendations for dealing with them. Included in the workshop are several evaluation tools that can be used to better manage your business.
     
    Thursday, April 27th (8:30am – 11:00am) **Registration & payment deadline 04/25/17 at 12noon
    “Introduction to Financial Statements”
    Presented by Jane Ray, Business Advisor/Training Program Coordinator
    Fee: $20 per person
    Synopsis: Did you ever wonder how do you read a financial statement? Then this is the seminar for you. This training uncovers the mystery surrounding the basic financial statements: profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flow statement. We will review the main components for each report; you will learn how these statements interact with one another and how to understand what the numbers mean for your business.
     
    All workshops will be held at the UOG Leon Guerrero SBPA Bldg. Room#148, First Floor
    TO REGISTER log onto http://pisbdcn.ecenterdirect.com

    TO MAKE PAYMENT online log onto your eCenter account and click PAY NOW
    Cash, check (payable to University of Guam) & major credit cards (AMEX, Visa, and MasterCard) accepted.
     
    For more information, visit www.pacificsbdc.com or call the Guam SBDC Office at 735-2590.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • Franklin Covey Seminar

    Exclusive one-time only 2-day seminar based on the international best-selling book written by Dr. Stephen Covey!
     
    THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
    April 27-28, 2017
     
    Click here to view flyer.

  • Madrid Fusion Manila 2017

    The Philippine Consulate General invites you to participate in Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) 2017, which will be held on April 6-8 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, Phillipines.  The theme this year, "Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet," pursues the government's goal of establishing the Philippines as a focal point of gastronomic interest worldwide.
     
    Now on its third year, MFM is the first and only Asian edition of Madrid Fusion, the most important gastronomy event in the world celebrated annually in Madrid, Spain since 2003. MFM brings together the most acclaimed avant-garde chefs from across the globe. Visit www.madridfusionmanila.com for more information.
     
    The Philippine Consulate General will assist in organizing the delegation from Guam should there be a sizable number of participants. Interested parties can contact Consul Mark Francis Hamoy (markfrancis.hamoy@dfa.gov.ph) or Rosemarie Ramos (cultural.pcagana@gmail.com).

  • GCC Visual Communications Industry Needs Survey

    Guam Community College is currently conducting a survey to assess the possibility of offering a 4-year degree or specialized certifications in Visual Communications.
    Click here to complete survey.  

  • GCC Basic Project Management Course

    Stand out during the hiring process and earn THREE college credits with GCC's Basic Project Management Course that runs from March 18 - April 29, 2017.
    Click here for more information.

  • Upcoming Grant Workshops!

    Grant season is upon us! 
    It’s time to figure out what those grants are all about and to get help in writing a strong grant application.
     
    GWCC Member Holly Rustick, Owner of WEGO Consulting, is offering two grant workshops during the month of March to point you in the right direction for getting more money for your organization!
     
    An Overview to the Grant Writing Process: Grants 101 - Click here to learn more.
     
    Let's Write a Grant - Click here to learn more.

  • Free Business Workshops in March!

    March 1 (8:30AM): Let's Create Your Business Budget - click here to register
     
    March 1 (6PM): How to Finance Your Business - click here to register
     
    March 2 (8:30AM): Let's Build Your Business and Team - click here to register
     
    March 3 (6PM): Tips for an Awesome Customer Service Program -  click here to register
     
    All workshops conducted by Denise Mendiola, Guam Small Business Development Center Senior Business Advisor and Bank of Guam Women in Business Program Coordinator in the GCC Student Center Training Room 5108.
     
    Presented by the Guam Community College, Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce, and Guam Small Business Development Center. 
     
    Supported by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education
     
    For more information, contact Eileen at 646-3246 or ed@guamwcc.com.

  • Guam PTAC offering FREE workshops!

    The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is offering FREE workshops to the public for February 2017. Workshops run from 9am-10am in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero Business and Public Administration Building, Margarita Duenas Perez & Jaime Felipe Tuquero IT&E Lecture Hall, 131 (unless otherwise specified):

    2/2/17 – DUNS, SAM, & DSBS Learn about these essential Federal registrations.
    2/9/17 – FBO & NECO Learn how to find government solicitations and set up automatic email notifications.
    2/16/17 – Sources Sought – The Key to Success – Learn how to properly respond to Sources Sought notices to give you the winning edge.
    2/23/17 – Responding to RFPs Learn how to properly respond to a Request for Proposals.

    Please register on www.guamptac.com, or call/email Therese at 735-2552 / admin@guamptac.com. Walk-ins are welcome!

  • Register for the GWCC Hightide Women's Summit!

    Click here for more information.

  • Be a GWCC Hightide Summit Pop-Up Shop Vendor!

    Click here to view application.

  • GWCC Hightide Women's Summit

    February 17, 2017 at the Dusit Thani Guam • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by mixer.

    HIGHTIDE is a one‐day women’s creative summit geared toward women in business; entrepreneurs, mothers, and the next generation of young women who are set to make their mark. Attendees get access to a highly curated, impactful one-day program of workshops, mentor sessions, speaker panels as well as food, beauty treatments, photos, gift bags, networking mixer and more.

    It aims to bring together a community of like-minded women to network, mix and mingle with their peers, and build new relationships – all while taking in key learnings from top tastemakers in business.

    For more information or to sponsor this event, click here.
    Tickets: $110 for GWCC members / $160 for non-members ($10 discount if paid by cash or check to GWCC)
    Admission includes ticket to event, welcome kit, light breakfast, lunch, afternoon break, workshops, beauty + wellness lounge, networking mixer and gift bag.
    Seating is limited.
    REGISTER TODAY at https://gwcc-hightide-women-summit.eventbrite.com
     

  • General Membership Meeting on January 26

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, at The View, Pacific Star Resort & Spa.
     
    President Vanessa Williams will share GWCC's plan for 2017, and the meeting will be an opportunity for members to learn more about the upcoming GWCC Hightide Women's Summit.  GWCC will also feature guest speaker Edmund Brobesong, CPA, Ernst & Young Senior Tax Manager.  Edmund will present highlights of the Trump Tax Plan.  
     
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  The meeting fee is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please visit https://jan26-gwcc-meeting.eventbrite.com

  • Let's Write Your Business Plan Workshop

    Got business ideas, but don't know how to start?  Failing to plan is planning to fail.
     
    LET'S WRITE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN WORKSHOP
    Trainer: Denise Mendiola, Guam Small Business Development Center Senior Business Advisor and Bank of Guam Women in Business Program Coordinator
     
    When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    Where: GCC Student Center Training Room 5108
    Workshop Fee: FREE (Seating is limited)
     
    Registration: https://jan18businessworkshop.eventbrite.com
    For more information, contact Eileen at 646-3246 or ed@guamwcc.com.
     
    Presented by the Guam Community College, Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce, and Guam Small Business Development Center. 
     
    Supported by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Let's Start a Business Workshop

    Have you been thinking about setting up your own business, but don't know where to start? Then this FREE workshop is for you!
     
    LET'S START A BUSINESS
    Trainer: Rodney Webb
     

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    8:30-11:30 a.m.
    Guam Community College, Building C, Room C3
     
    Registration: https://jan11businessworkshop.eventbrite.com
    Seating is limited.
     
    Click here to view flyer.
     

  • General Membership Meeting on November 30

    GWCC General Meeting Set
    "President Siska Hutapea Delivers Annual Report"
    Wednesday, November 30, 8AM Pacific Star’s The View
     
    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in The View located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.
     
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  
     
    The meeting fee is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please visit https://gwcc-general-meeting-nov30.eventbrite.com
     
    GWCC will be featuring guest speaker Andrea Pellacani, managing partner for Grassroots Guam who also served as president of Women Grow Guam and is an advocate for safe patient access and full legalization of adult use of cannabis.  She has worked with the cannabis policy for 2 years and networked with partners in both Colorado and California and the rest of the nation.  In addition to giving an update on medical cannabis for Guam, she will also be sharing the commerce opportunities available through this new industry.
     
    Another important part of the meeting will be the election of five members to GWCC’s Board of Directors.  Click here to view profile of nominees.  GWCC members who are current with their membership dues for 2016 can vote.  If not up-to-date, membership payment will be accepted at the meeting prior to voting.
     
    If a GWCC member is unable to attend the General Membership Meeting, you may click here to submit an absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 29.
     
    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

  • Register for Guam's first TEDx event!

    Click here to view conference agenda.  Seating is very limited.  To register, contact Eileen at 487-7022 or ed@guamwcc.com

  • Conversations with the 2016 Women Candidates

  • Conversations with the 2016 Women Candidates

    CONVERSATIONS WITH THE 2016 WOMEN CANDIDATES
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 • 4:30-6:30PM
    Guam Community College Multipurpose Auditorium 
    Featuring the following candidates:
    Congressional: Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
    Public Auditor: Doris F. Brooks and Doreen T. Crisostomo
    Senatorial: Regine B. Lee, Senator Tina Rose Muna-Barnes, Telena C. Nelson, Therese M. Terlaje, Senator Nerissa B. Underwood, Speaker Judith T. Won Pat, Amanda F. Blas, Louise Borja Muna, Senator Mary C. Torres
    To register, visit www.guamwcc.com/candidates2016.  Seating is limited. 

  • 3rd Annual GWCC Golf Tournament on September 10th!

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce with the Bank of Guam and Calvo’s Insurance presents the 3rd Annual GWCC Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 10th at the Onward Talofofo Golf Resort. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:00 p.m.
     
    Your participation will support various GWCC initiatives such as providing educational scholarships and donations to organizations that support the advancement of women and children.
     

    Great prizes for Women, Men and Mixed Teams as well as exciting raffle prizes like a round trip ticket from Delta Airlines and gorgeous luxury bags!
     
    Click here to view flyer.

  • Register now for the 3rd Annual GWCC Golf Tournament!

    3rd ANNUAL GWCC GOLF TOURNAMENT
    Driving the Advancement of our Island Community
    Saturday, September 10, 2016, Onward Talofofo Golf Resort
     
    2-Player Teams, Select Shot, Modified Callaway Format
    Registration/Check-in: 11:00 a.m.          Shotgun Start: 12 noon
     
    Prizes for Women’s Division, Men’s Division, and Mixed Division!
    Lots of great raffle prizes!
     
    $250 per Team
    ($200 if GWCC Member)
    Includes Green Fees, Cart, Ditty Bags, Refreshments, Awards Banquet 
     
    Click here to view registration form.

  • August 25 General Membership Meeting

    GWCC General Meeting Set
    Thursday, August 25, 8AM Pacific Star’s The View
    “Honorable Donna M. Christensen is Keynote Speaker”
     
    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2016, at The View, located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.  GWCC’s keynote speaker will be the Honorable Donna M. Christensen.    
     
    Christensen is the first female physician in the history of the U.S. Congress, the first woman to represent an offshore territory, and the first woman delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She served as the non-voting delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 until 2015.  Prior to entering politics, Christensen began her medical career in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1975 as an emergency room physician at St. Croix Hospital.  Between 1987 and 1988 she was medical director of the St. Croix Hospital and from 1988 to 1994 she was Commissioner of Health for the Virgin Islands.  From 1977 to 1996 Christensen maintained a private practice in family medicine and was also a television journalist from 1992 to 1996.
     
    As a member of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, she served as Democratic National Committeewoman, member of the Democratic Territorial Committee and Delegate to all the Democratic Conventions in 1984, 1988 and 1992.  Christensen was also elected to the Virgin Islands Board of Education in 1984 and served for two years.  She served as a member of the Virgin Islands Status Commission from 1988 to 1992.  In 1996 Christensen was elected as the non-voting delegate from the Virgin Islands in the U.S. Congress.  Despite her non-voting status, she served on various house committees including the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Homeland Security.  She also chaired the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs and was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Congressional Rural Caucus, Friends of the Caribbean Caucus, Coastal Caucus, and the Congressional National Guard and Reserve Caucus.
     
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  
     
    The meeting fee is $19.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP at http://gwcc-general-meeting-aug25.eventbrite.com
     
    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com, and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
     
    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

  • SAVE THE DATE: GWCC 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

    SAVE THE DATE! Our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament is coming up on September 10, 2016! Register with us today! For more information, call Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or Phil Santos at 483-1990. Click here to preview flyer for more information.  

  • Meet the outstanding students who benefit from this year's scholarship support!

    The Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual scholarship awards.  Award presentations took place during the GWCC General Membership Meeting at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa on May 26, 2016.
     
    Each year, the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to deserving students enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guam (UOG) and students currently enrolled and pursuing an Associate’s Degree at the Guam Community College (GCC).  This year, GWCC awarded a total of four (4) scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 per student.  Part of the criteria to be awarded the scholarship is a 500-word essay related to important issues facing women today. 
     
    Click here to view profile of the 2016 GWCC scholarship recipients.

  • Handful of Smoke Launch

    Join our featured member, Holly Rustick, for the launch of her book, Handful of Smoke on Thursday, June 23rd at Kento's from 7:30 PM - 11 PM. Click here to view full flyer.
     
    Featuring an art exhibit and live painting, book signing, book trailer debut, fashion show, blackjack, wine tasting, and appetizers.
     
     
    Partial proceeds to to the Micronesian Conservation Coalition.  For more information and tickets, call 788-5518.

  • 2nd Quarter General Membership Meeting

    GWCC General Meeting Set
    Thursday, May 26, 8AM Pacific Star’s The View
    “Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood is Keynote Speaker”
     
    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled forThursday, May 26, 2016, at The View, located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.
     
    GWCC’s keynote speaker will be the Honorable Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Chief Judge of the District Court of Guam.  Prior to being sworn in as Chief Judge, Frances became Guam’s first Chamorro woman Assistant Attorney General in the Prosecution Division from 1984 to 1988 and became Guam's first Chamorro woman Chief Prosecutor from 1990 to 1994.  She was then appointed to a trial judge position in the Superior Court of Guam where she authored hundreds of decisions and orders and presided over numerous cases, including high profile criminal cases, multi-party complex civil litigation cases, family court, juvenile court, traffic court, and probate matters. 
     
    In addition to nearly eight years of trial experience in the Superior Court of Guam, Judge Tydingco-Gatewood served as a designated federal judge for the District Court of Guam.  In 2001, Frances was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam.  During her tenure at the Supreme Court of Guam, Justice Tydingco-Gatewood was also appointed to serve as a designated Associate Justice for the CNMI.  She was sworn in as the Chief Judge of the District Court of Guam on October 30, 2006, becoming Guam’s and the Nation’s first Chamorro woman Chief Judge.  She also sits as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the District Court of Guam, only one of two judges out of 94 Chief Judges in the nation who must also sit as Chief Bankruptcy Judge.  Furthermore, Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood is currently the first woman President of the Pacific Judicial Council.   
     
    GWCC is also pleased to feature Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena III at the meeting.  His leadership as Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Guam has led to significant improvements in Guam's judicial development.  His successful advocacy of justice with Guam's lawmakers has resulted in the establishment of laws that go far in protecting crime victims and toughening penalties for convicted criminals.  The face of Guam's Judiciary today, with the creation of the Supreme Court of Guam and improved services of the Superior Court, is due largely to the leadership, dedication and vision of Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena III.
     
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  
     
    The meeting fee is $19.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please visit http://gwcc-general-meeting-may26.eventbrite.com

     
    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com, and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
     

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.
     
     

  • Paint and Wine Down with Mom

    Join our featured member for a special Mother's Day event on May 5th, hosted by Jacque Sablan and brought to you by Neni & Me, Health Fix and the Beadhive. Enjoy a relaxing night where you can Paint and Wine Down with A Free Glass of Wine and Tasty Pupus. Invite your cherished Mother and/or other moms in your circle.
    Click here to view full flyer for all details.  
    Seating for this special event is limited. For tickets please contact Neni & Me at 969-BABY (2229) or email info@neniandme.com

  • Joint Mixer May 12

    Join us for a Joint Mixer on Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the First Hawaiian Bank in Maite. 
    View complete flyer by clicking here.
    Register today at:
    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jiqxndcab&oeidk=a07eckcqawzbf82a0e0

    We hope to see you there!
     

  • Scarlet Rose Exhibition

    Scarlet Rose offers trendy, fashionable and affordable solutions for ladies who are looking for fashion accessories to complement their unique style. In the collection, you will find a variety of pieces that can be a perfect match with any occasion. From those beach vibes, everyday casuals, office chic to glitz and glamour, they have it all.

    Please join our featured member, Rasmeet Sachde,j for the exhibition of Scarlet Rose, next Friday, April 30th from 11 a.m to 4 p.m at Triple Shot Cafe located at the Acanta Mall in Tumon.  Refreshments from the cafe will be available for guests. 

    If you would like more information, you can call Rasmeet at 687-4717.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • 2016 Guam Wage and Compensation Forum Presentations

    If you missed the 2016 Guam Wage and Compensation Forum or wanted to take a look at some of the material presented that day, you may now download the following:
    Jerry Paulino Presentation Slides
    Joseph Bradley Presentation Slides

  • Handful of Smoke Pre-launch Mixer

    Join us on Tuesday, April 12, at Pika's Cafe for our Women in Business networking event as our member, Holly Rustick, gives a sneak peek into her novel, scheduled to make its debut this summer! Enjoy the sounds of R&R as we feature live performances from the cast of the teaser trailer, live painting interpretations from local artists, and much more! Call 487-7022 for more information!

  • 2016 GWCC Scholarship

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to award a $1,000 scholarship to two (2) full-time students currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guam (UOG) and two (2) full-time students currently enrolled and pursuing an Associate’s Degree at the Guam Community College (GCC). 

     
    Deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 25, 2016.
     
     
    Download UOG application here.
    Download GCC application here.

  • 2016 Guam Wage and Compensation Forum

    Registration for the 2016 Guam Wage and Compensation Forum is now open. 
     
    The forum will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m. at the Westin Resort Guam.  
     
    For more information please call Eileen Agahan at 487-7022. Click here to register today!  

  • GWCC Board Elects Officers

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its new officers for 2016.

    The GWCC board of directors selected Cornerstone Valuation Guam President Siska Hutapea as new President of GWCC, Guam Community College President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mary Okada as Vice President, Attorney Vanessa Williams as Secretary, and President and Co-founder of Sanford Technology Group, Antoinette Sanford, as Treasurer.   

    Other board members are Past President Lou Leon Guerrero, Past Secretary Denise Mendiola, Jacqueline Marati, Doyon Ahn Morato, Joann Camacho, Pamela Quinata, and Pika Fejeran.

    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com, and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

  • GWCC to Host Women in Business Networking and Paddle Boading Event

    We at the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce love to keep our events fresh and fun for our members and potential, interested individuals.  Come join us for a FREE networking event this Monday, December 14 at Fujita Beach in Tumon from 3 PM - 6 PM for a relaxing day in paradise as we mingle, network and enjoy learning how to padddle board courtesy of the SUP Shack Guam.  Refreshments will be provided so don't miss it!
    For more information, contact us at ed@guamwcc.com or contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022.

  • GWCC Announces New Board Members

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Board Election.
     
    Voting took place during the organization’s quarterly membership meeting at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. Membership selected Dr. Mary Okada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Guam Community College, Joann Camacho, Director of Market Development of T-Galleria DFS, Pamela Quinata, General Manager of Xerox Corporation, Pika Fejeran, President of Pika’s Café and Managing Partner of Kitchen Lingo, and Siska Hutapea, President of Cornerstone Valuation Guam, Inc.
     
    They will be joining current board members, Lourdes Leon Guerrero, Denise Mendiola, Antoinette Sanford, Jacqueline Marati, Vanessa Williams, and Doyon Ahn Morato.
     
    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com, and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

  • GWCC announces nominees for 2016 Board of Directors

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce nominees for the 2016 Board Election!
     
    Siska S. Hutapea, MAI, MRE – President, Cornerstone Valuation Guam, Inc.
    Click here to view Siska’s full profile.
     
    Rose Morales – Vice President of Human Resources, GTA
    Click here to view Rose’s full profile.
     
    Pika Fejeran – President, Pika’s Café and Managing Partner, Kitchen Lingo
    Click here to view Pika's full profile.
     
    Holly Rustick – Founder/Owner of WEGO Consulting
    Click here to view Holly's full profile.
     
    Joann Camacho – Director of Market Development, T-Galleria DFS
    Click here to view Joann's full profile.
     
    Dr. Mary Okada – President/Chief Executive Officer, Guam Community College
    Click here to view Mary's full profile.
     
    Members are encouraged to vote at the first quarterly general membership meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8:00 a.m. at The View, Pacific Star Resort & Spa.  Members must be current with their dues in order to vote.
     
    For more information, contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or ed@guamwcc.com.

  • GWCC to hold first general membership meeting of 2016 and Board of Directors Election

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016, at The View, located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.

    GWCC will be featuring guest speaker Margaret Bengzon, President and CEO of the Guam Regional Medical City.   As a member of The Medical City’s senior management, Margaret oversees such critical units as Human Resources, Information Technology, Systems and Quality, Marketing and Sales, Customer Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Planning.  She has been responsible for a number of successful strategic acquisitions and partnerships in the Philippines and abroad.

    Another important part of the meeting will be the election of five members to GWCC’s Board of Directors. 

    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  

    The meeting fee is $19.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.  Membership applications will be available at the meeting.

    To RSVP, please visit http://gwcc-general-meeting-feb11.eventbrite.com

    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com, and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • 2015 GWCC Women's Leadership Conference

    Join the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce for their 2nd Women's Leadership Conference on Friday, October 23rd, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Leo Palace Resort Kanta Room.  The event will feature great speakers who will share their "Pearls of Wisdom" to inspire, motivate and empower attendees. Click here to view poster with featured speakers.  "Last year's retreat was an amazing opportunity to refresh from the hustle and buslte of our very busy routine.  We fellowshipped, we laughed, we learned so much through networking and our inspiring speakers.  Whether you seek professional or personal development, the upcoming Leadership Event promises to deliver even more," says the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Dr. Anita Enriquez. To register, call Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 for more information or email ed@guamwcc.com.  Click here to view registration form and program details.

  • Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce to host 2nd Annual Women's Leadership Conference on October 23rd

     
    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its second annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, October 23rd at the Leo Palace Resort--in its continuous efforts to create an economic opportunity that promotes women entrepreneurship, empowerment, education and training.  The conference will cultivate GWCC’s mission by inspiring, empowering and motivating women to seek their highest level of personal growth and professional development in this one day affair.
     
     At this event, women will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Laura Torres Souder, the Founder, President and CEO of Souder, Betances, and Associates, Inc.  Dr. Souder has authored several books, many articles, government reports in the area of women's issues, workforce diversity, and cross-cultural communication.  Among her most notable works is her book, Daughters of the Island: Contemporary Chamorro Women Organizers, published by University Press of America in 1992.  She was also an official United Nations Guam delegate to the Fourth World Women’s Conference in Beijing, China.
     
    The conference will also feature local women personalities and the opportunity to network and share experiences with other successful women during the first ever “Building Up” Tea Party. 
     
    Click here for the event agenda and conference registration form. Or call Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 for more information.

  • Thank You, Supporters!

    The Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of our donors, players, sponsors, and volunteers for making the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament held on August 22nd, 2015 a success!  Through your kind support, the organization will be able to conitnue its efforts in pursuing projects that support the quality of life of women and children on Guam.   We look forward to a great year ahead. Click here to view our full thank you listing.

  • Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce board member Dr. Mary Okada speaks at the Payuta Inc. membership meeting

    Payuta Inc. recently held its general membership meeting featuring guest speaker, Dr. Mary Okada, Vice Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
    (Photo courtesy of Cathy Flores)

  • U.S. Senator Hirono (D-Hawaii) Featured Speaker at GWCC General Membership Meeting Thursday, August 27, 8AM Pacific Star’s Chamorro Ballroom

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2015, in the Chamorro Ballroom, located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.  
    U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) will be the honored guest speaker.  Her story is a compelling one.  Born and reared in Japan by her grandparents, Senator Hirono saw firsthand family circumstances affected by her father’s alcoholism and gambling.  Her courageous mother took her to Hawaii via ship and worked two jobs to support her.  A public school product, Senator Hirono graduated from UH Manoa, and then got her law degree from Georgetown.  She served in the Hawaii House of Representatives for more than a decade, and served as Hawaii’s Lt. Governor from 1994-2003.  In 2006, she was elected to Congress by voters in Hawaii’s second congressional district and elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, becoming the first and only Asian American woman and first woman senator from Hawaii.  She currently serves on the Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Committee on Veterans' Affairs. 
    Senator Hirono will speak on the importance of women leadership.  She has worked with her colleagues in the Senate to require that women in the workplace receive fair compensation and she has cosponsored legislation that would provide women with equal pay for equal work.
    The meeting fee is $18.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please visit http://gwcc-general-meeting-aug27.eventbrite.com

    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com, and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  • SAVE THE DATE!

    Please join the Guam Women's Chamber as it hosts the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to raise funds to help support its various initiatives, award scholarships, and assist charitable organizations that support advancing the quality of life of women and children.
    The tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2015 (holiday) at the Onward Talofofo Golf Resort.
    Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

    Registrations forms now available at any Port of Mocha location.
    For more information on sponsorships or registration, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or ed@guamwcc.com.

  • General Membership Meeting on May 7, 2015 Featuring Former Minnesota State Senator Junge

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) is featuring the Honorable Ember Reichgott Junge, former Minnesota State Senator and author of the nation’s charter law as its guest speaker for its Thursday, May 7 General Membership meeting at The View, located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. 

    Former Senator Junge is author of Minnesota’s 1991 first-in-nation charter school law, a winner of the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.  The 18-year legislator served as Senator Assistant Majority Leader before stepping down from public service.
     
    Junge is President of Ember Communications, Inc., and is a national speaker and trainer on leadership, strategic communications and public services redesign for leaders in business, nonprofit and government sectors.  In addition to public service, she draws on over 25 years of experience in business and nonprofit law, 5 years as a nonprofit executive for a large human services organization, and 12 years of media messaging as a frequent television political analyst, former radio host and editorial writer.
     
    Former Senator Junge will be speaking on the role of a business league, such as the Guam Women’s Chamber, in the education of women, gender equality and economic development, in addition to charter school laws.  Lou A. Leon Guerrero, Chair of the GWCC, stated, “We are honored to have Senator Junge speak before members of the GWCC.  Her extensive experience and education in the business, nonprofit and government sectors brings invaluable perspective to our members.”
     
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM.   The meeting fee is $18.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.  Membership applications will be available at the meeting.
     
    To RSVP, please visit http://gwcc-general-meeting-may7.eventbrite.com

    Organization and membership information can be found on the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com <http://www.guamwcc.com> , and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
     
    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.
     

  • Watch the Women Firsts Ceremony on Channel 2

    The 'Women Firsts' Ceremony rebroadcast on Local 2 (Channel 2):
    Monday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 18 at 9:00 p.m.
    Friday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m
    Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
     

    The Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the University of Guam Soroptimist Sigma Society and Soroptimist International of the Marianas held the third unveiling of 'Women Firsts' on March 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building, Anthony Leon Guerrero Multipurpose Room 129.

    Special thanks to Guampedia for their tremendous help in researching the accomplishments of these fine women.

  • Guam's Pioneering Women Honored

    http://www.guampdn.com/article/20150311/NEWS0101/303110007/Guam-s-pionee...
    The Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the University of Guam Soroptimist Sigma Society and Soroptimist International of the Marianas announced their 2015 Women Firsts celebrants on March 10, 2015. The ceremony was held to honor Guam's women who were first in their respective fields as the organizations celebrates Women History Month.

    The 10 Women honored are Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, Esther Kia'aina, Carmen Dela Cruz, Herminia Dierking, Leona Flores, Flora Baza Quan, Genevieve Snow, Clotilde Gould, Rindraty Limtiaco, and Maria Roberto.

  • "One of our missions is to continuously find ways to lift up the status of women in Guam"

    -GWCC President Lou Leon Guerrero stated at the ceremony.
    http://www.kuam.com/story/28343123/2015/03/10/pioneering-guam-women-honored
    "These are women who made history, who were pioneers in their fields and who set the foundation for other young women to follow in their wake."
     

  • 'Women Firsts' To Be Honored

    Ten women, who are considered first in their respective fields on Guam, will be honored today at the University of Guam as UOG celebrates Charter Day.The Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the UOG Soroptimist Sigma Society and Soroptimist International of the Marianas, announced the latest batch of awardees under the "Women Firsts" project. Two groups of women received Women First honors last year.
    Read full article at http://www.guampdn.com/article/20150310/NEWS01/303100014/Groups-celebrat...

  • GWCC Scholarship

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to award a $1,000 scholarship to one (1) full-time student currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guam (UOG) and one (1) full-time student currently enrolled and pursuing an Associate’s Degree at the Guam Community College (GCC). 
     
    Deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 20, 2015.
    Download UOG application here.
    Download GCC application here.

  • General Membership Meeting

    Thursday, February 19, 2015 • 8:00am
    at the Pacific Star’s The View (Lobby Level)

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2015, at The View, located at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa.
     
    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM. (more information below)
     
    The meeting fee is $18.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Paypal payment now available (see below).
    Membership applications will be available at the meeting.
     
    To RSVP, please visit http://gwcc-general-meeting-feb19.eventbrite.com

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

     

    Members: $18 Non-Members: $20
  • Conversations with the Candidates 2014

    Gubernatorial Edition (Postponed- New Date TBD)
    October 7, 2014 • 6pm-8pm at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Auditorium • Hagatna, Guam
    A unique town hall conversation with Gubernatorial candidates Governor Eddie B. Calvo and Former Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez.
    Free admission and exclusive for members of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce + 1 guest.

    Click here for full details
    RSVP for this special event (Date to be announced)

    2nd Senatorial Edition
    October 16, 2014 • 6pm-8pm at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam Auditorium • Hagatna, Guam
    Free admission and exclusive for members of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce + 1 guest.

    Register for October 16, 2014 Senatorial Edition
    RSVP for this special event today! Deadline to register is October 10, 2014.

  • INSPIRE. EMPOWER. MOTIVATE.

    JOIN THE 2014 GWCC WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP RETREAT

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) will be hosting the 2014 Women’s Leadership Retreat on September 26-27 at the Leo Palace Resort--in its continuous efforts to create an economic opportunity that promotes women entrepreneurship, empowerment, education and training.

    The retreat will cultivate the GWCC mission by inspiring, empowering and motivating women to seek their highest level of personal growth and professional development. At this event, women will have the opportunity to hear Ms. Crystal Moradi, Senior Vice President of PLJ Income of Los Angeles, California. Ms. Moradi is a Personal Money Trainer, retirement income strategist, radio personality, and author of “Your Personal Money Diary.” Ms. Moradi has been a featured speaker at many events including Screen Actors Guild, Mary Kay, NARFEE, and the Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo. The retreat will also feature local women personalities and the opportunity to network and share experiences with other successful women. Lastly, we have reserved a special nightly rate at the Hotel Belvedere, Leo Palace for leadership retreat participants.
     
    $100 for GWCC members • $150 for non-members
     
    Click here to DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORMS or for more information.

    For further questions, contact Eileen Agahan, Executive Director, at ed@guamwcc.com or (671) 487-7022.

  • General Membership Meeting on August 28, 2014

    GWCC President Lou Leon Guerrero to Deliver Annual Report to the Membership, Organization’s First Anniversary Highlighted
     
    Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) announces its General Membership meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa (formerly Guam Marriott Resort & Spa) at The View.  Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30AM, and the meeting will begin at 8:00AM.

    GWCC Board President, Lou A. Leon Guerrero, will deliver the Annual Report to the Membership, highlighting key accomplishments in the organization’s first year, as well as upcoming projects.
     
    The meeting fee is $18.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.  Organization and membership information is available at the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
     
    RSVP is requested by Monday, August 25, 2014.
     
    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.
     

  • Women's Chamber donates to Erica's House

    The Guam Women’s Chamber made the second of four contributions to local non-profits, this one to Erica’s House, during its reopening celebration.

    Photographed left to right:
    Jessica Castro (Soroptimist International of the Marianas President/Erica’s House Board Member)
    Erlinda Alegre (Soroptimist International of the Marianas President-Elect/Erica’s House Board Member)
    Karen Carpenter (Erica’s House Vice Chairwoman/Secretary)
    Siska Hutapea (Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Founding Board Member/Leadership Development Committee Chair)
    Jackie Marati (Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Founding Board Member/Legislation, PR and Culture Committee Chair)
    Nancy Tan (Erica’s House Chairwoman/Treasurer)
    Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez (Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Vice President/Finance and Fundraising Committee Chair)
    Eileen Agahan (Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Director)
    Evelina McDonald (Erica’s House Board Member) and
    Ann Roth (Erica’s House Board Member).

  • Fourth Donation from Inaugural Golf Tournament given to Alee Shelter

    After a successful golf tournament fundraiser, The Guam Women’s Chamber has now made the final of four contributions to local nonprofits, this one to ALEE SHELTER for $1,000.00.

    PHOTOGRAPHED LEFT TO RIGHT:
    Siska Hutapea, GWCC Founding Board Member
    Jackie Marati, GWCC Founding Board Member
    Eileen Agahan, GWCC Executive Director
    Annette Meno, Alee Shelter Coordinator
    Monica Guzman, GWCC Founding Board Member
    Louise Cruz, Alee Shelter Administrative Assistant
    Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, GWCC Vice President, Board of Directors
    Lou Leon Guerrero, GWCC President, Board of Directors
    Doyon Ahn Morato, GWCC Founding Board Member
    Dr. Mary Okada, GWCC Founding Board Member and
    Denise Mendiola-Hertslet, GWCC Secretary, Board of Directors

  • 3rd Donation provided to Guam Special Olympics

    The Guam Women’s Chamber made the third of four contributions to local nonprofits to GUAM SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

    PHOTOGRAPHED LEFT TO RIGHT:
    Siska Hutapea, GWCC Founding Board Member; Jackie Marati, GWCC Founding Board Member; Eileen Agahan, GWCC Executive Director; Laura Taisipic, Special Olympics Guam Board Secretary; Monica Guzman, GWCC Founding Board Member; Lou Leon Guerrero, GWCC President/Founding Board Member; Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, GWCC Vice President/Founding Board Member; Doyon Ahn Morato, GWCC Founding Board Member; Dr. Mary Okada, GWCC Founding Board Member and Denise Mendiola-Hertslet, GWCC Secretary/Founding Board Member

  • Women's Chamber donates to the Guam Junior Golf Academy

    Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that its Inaugural Golf Tournament successfully met its goals, raising funds to contribute to local charities.

    On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Guam Women’s Chamber made the first of four contributions to local non-profits, the initial donation made to Guam Junior Golf Academy.

    Photographed left to right:
    Attorney Vanessa Williams (GWCC Founding Board Member);
    Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez (GWCC Vice President and Finance and Fundraising Committee Chair)
    Bill Reyes (President of Guam Junior Golf Academy)
    Gus Gogue (Head Coach of Guam Junior Golf Academy) and
    Eileen Agahan (GWCC Executive Director).

  • GWCC's Inaugural Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 14th, 2014

    Hafa Adai!
    This year, GWCC will be hosting its “Inaugural Annual Golf Tournament” to raise funds to help support our various initiatives, award scholarships, and assist charitable organizations that support advancing the quality of life of women and children.  The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Onward Talofofo Golf Resort with onsite registration beginning at 11:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Your generous support and willingness to share in our fellowship is warmly appreciated.  Should you have any questions, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or ed@guamwcc.com. Click here to view the sponsorship options and player registration form.

  • Economists, Business Leaders, Government and Private Sector to speak at the Wage and Compensation Forum on April 10th.

    Thank you for attending and joining this important discussion. Download presentations from the forum below:

     
    Panelists and Speakers will include:

    • Joseph Bradley (Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Bank of Guam)
    • Gary Hiles (Chief Economist, Guam Dept. of Labor)
    • Dr. Maria Claret Mapálad-Ruane (Professor of Economics, University of Guam)
    • Dr. Roseann Jones (Professor of Economics, University of Guam)
    • Senator Benjamin J.F. Cruz (Vice Speaker, 32nd Legislature)
    • Andrew Andrus (Executive Director, The Employer's Council)
    • Benita Manglona (Dept. of Administration Director-GovGuam)
    • Barry Mead (Past GCC Union Faculty President)
    • David John (President, ASC Trust)
    • Donald Clark (Executive VIce President, ASC Trust)

    The forum will also provide a platform for perspectives from other local business leaders and representatives from the community.

    Following the panel presentation will be Round Table Discussions on the Gender Wage Gap, Public/Private Wage Gap and the Minimum Wage.

    Wage and Compensation Forum
    April 10, 2014 from 7:30am to 10:00am
    Pacific Star Resort & Spa (formerly Guam Marriott Resort & Spa), Chamorro Ballroom

     

  • Wage and Compensation Forum 2014

    With the recent national debate about minimum wage levels, income disparity and gender wage gaps, there is a need for a community discussion on Guam’s wages and future policy direction. This forum will bring together the voices of business leaders, economists, government officials, entrepreneurs, students, employees and members of the community. We invite you to join the discussion. Click here to VIEW complete details or to REGISTER for the event.

  • Healthcare Tops Women's Chamber Meeting

    “What Every Business Must Know About Healthcare”

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce is featuring “What Every Business Must Know About Healthcare” as the main theme for its March General Membership Meeting. Scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2014, the meeting will be at The View at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa, beginning with a 7:30AM breakfast. Featured speakers are Take Care’s Dave Torre who will speak on Obamacare and how it relates to Guam. The other presenter is Lou Hernandez of Take Care who will discuss the Guam Women’s Chamber Group Health Plan Benefits.

    The meeting fee is $17.00 for members and $20.00 for nonmembers.

    Organization and membership information is available at the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

    RSVP is requested by Monday, March 24, 2014.

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

  • Affordable Health Insurance available to Members

    Sign up today for affordable medical and dental coverage through the Guam Women's Chamber group health insurance plan with TakeCare. Individual and group plans available.
    Join us for the Open Enrollment Presentation:
    Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    7:30am - 9:30am
    Hilton Resort & Spa, Galleria (next to Roy's)

    Continental Breakfast will be served.
    Please RSVP by February 25, 2014 with Ursula Remis at 646-6956 ext. 7108 or email ursula.remis@takecareasia.com.

  • Next General Membership Meeting on Tueday, February 25th, 2014

    GWCC Hosts “The Mountain Within” Author Dr. Herta von Stiegel at February 25 Meeting

    The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) is pleased to announce its General Membership Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at The View, located at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa beginning at 7:30AM.

    In conjunction with the Seventh-Day Adventist Guam Clinic and Cars Plus Fiat, GWCC is proud to feature guest speaker Dr. Herta von Stiegel, whose presentation is “The Power of a Woman.”

    Dr. von Stiegel is the author of “The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons and Inspiration for Your Climb to the Top,” an inspirational story of 28 international climbers, including seven individuals with disabilities who climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s most beautiful and revered mountains. Amazingly, 60% of the climbers make it to the summit. The award-winning documentary traces the emotional and physical challenges they face and how the lessons they learned relate to today’s business leaders.

    With over 25 years of international management, finance and board level experience. Dr. von Stiegel is currently the founder and CEO of Ariya Capital Group Limited, an FSA regulated financial services firm and project developer focusing on clean energy, infrastructure and agricultural investments in Africa. She served as chair of The Committee of 200 Foundation and member of The Committee of 200 governing board, a US-based global organization of pre-eminent entrepreneurs and corporate leaders dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership in business.

    A Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30AM, with the meeting starting at 8AM. The meeting fee is $17.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Membership applications will also be available at the meeting. This meeting is proudly brought to you by Cars Plus Fiat.

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com. Seating is limited for this event and attendees must RSVP.

  • 2nd General Membership Meeting on Nov. 14th @8am

    Please support your Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce and join us at our next membership meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2013, 8:00 a.m. at The View, Guam Marriott Resort & Spa. Guest speaker will be Toshie Ito with a lively presentation on the “Fear of Failure and Fear of Success". Ito is the owner of Motiva Training & Consulting and winner of the 2012 Guam Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award. We will also feature two local women business-owners who will share their start-up experience and lessons.
    Membership applications will be available at the event.
    In light of the upcoming holiday season, guests who would like to make a contribution toward the Oasis Children Project will be accepted.

    Organization and membership information is available at the Chamber’s website, www.guamwcc.com and on its Facebook page Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Please RSVP with Eileen Agahan at ed@guamwcc.com or 487-7022. Fee is $15.00 for GWCC members and $20.00 for others. Includes continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.

  • Women's Chamber Sets Goals

    GWCC Inaugural Meeting

    Perked up by early morning coffee and the company of women leaders, the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce yesterday gave a preview of the numerous goals the organization's members want to achieve for themselves, their peers and the island economy and community.

    Launched on Sept. 4, the organization hopes to see the island "driven and influenced by the equal participation of women in business, commerce and trade," its mission states.

    As several groups within the organization took turns identifying some of what they'd like to accomplish, cheers and applause erupted, including at the mention that some in the organization would like to see Guam's first woman governor.

    Bank of Guam Chairwoman, President and CEO Lou Leon Guerrero; Toni Sanford, president and co-founder of Sanford Technology Group LLC and a former senator; University of Guam interim Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Anita Borja Enriquez; and Guam Community College President and CEO Mary Okada were among the women leaders at the meeting as officers, or founding board members.

    Leon Guerrero serves as the organization's president and Enriquez the vice president.

    Speaker Judith Won Pat, who also owns a small real estate rental business, spoke of the need for "equitable wages" for women in both private and public sectors and increasing contracting opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

    "Legislate, legislate, legislate," Won Pat said, as a way to see the goals she mentioned become reality.

    Laura-Lynn V. Dacanay, First Hawaiian Bank senior vice president and Guam and Northern Marianas region manager, said her group within the organization wants to help single moms get ahead in their careers and in becoming entrepreneurs.

    Carina Fejerang, owner of Salon Paradis, suggested one of the ways to help women jump-start their small business ownership dreams is for the organization to draw up an easy guide to the government procedures leading up to owning a business.

    "We will ... encourage (women) to move up the ladder of success -- in business or government," Fejerang said.

    The local government has a "One Stop" center that houses multiple agencies involved in the business license approval process, but if small business startups get a "How to Survive the One Stop Center" guide, that would help, too, Fejerang said.

    Jackie Arriola Marati, a senior vice president at Bank of Guam and a founding member of the women's chamber, said the inaugural meeting had a good turnout, with more than 80 participants.

    The women's chamber meeting was held first thing in the morning to encourage more participation as people still are starting their day, she said.

     

    Written by Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News | Click here for original post.

  • GWCC urges women to fight for wage equality in workplace

    THE Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce yesterday took a steadfast position to diligently work for wage equality, noting an alarming disparity on the incomes of men and women despite working similar jobs with similar credentials.

    Speaker Judith Won Pat, who attended the group’s inaugural membership meeting at the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday morning, identified equitable wages as among the many challenges faced by women in the workplace. She asked Women’s Chamber members to rally behind government and private sector-initiated efforts aimed at protecting the economic rights of women on Guam.

    Won Pat came close to calling for a boycott of business establishments that are biased against their female employees, as she urged the organization to establish a program that would give recognition to companies with strong wage equality practices.

    “We should recognize companies that provide equitable pay. We also shouldn’t support companies and businesses that discriminate against women’s rights to equitable wages,” she told a cheering crowd of more than 50 of Guam’s most influential women in business and government.

    Disparity

    Although there are no existing records that define the disparity in wages between men and women on Guam, a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday disclosed that men employed full-time in science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations – commonly referred to as STEM jobs – earn significantly more than their women counterparts.

    The Census Bureau report found that men with bachelor’s degrees in science or engineering who are employed full-time in STEM occupations earned close to $16,000 more than their women counterparts, grossing about $91,000 compared with women who make $75,100 on average.

    Also, the Secretariat of Pacific Community earlier disclosed that there is a gender imbalance in fisheries careers in the region, noting that women hold less than 20 percent of positions in fisheries and science management. It added that most women are confined to administrative and clerical positions, as it advocated for employment equality in the sector.

    On Guam, the Department of Labor’s June 2013 Employment Report disclosed that more than 43 percent or 26,490 of the island’s 61,070 workers are women. Over 18,500 of female workers are in the private sector and they, in fact, outnumber male workers in the government.

    Guam Women’s Chamber President Lourdes Leon Guerrero said the newly-formed business group, while initially sectoral in membership, is not an exclusive organization for women, “although its purpose is to advance and promote the interests of women in business and at the workplace.”

    “Everybody is welcome to be a member [of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce] but we formed the group because we want women to have an equitable presence in the economy of our island,” Leon Guerrero said, adding there has been significant growth in the presence of women in Guam’s business community. “But we still have a long way to go to be where we should be.”

    Meanwhile, Won Pat also disclosed plans to introduce legislation that will level the playing field on the percentage of government contracts awarded to women-owned businesses or companies. She asked the Women’s Chamber to pledge its support to such an initiative, noting that people, in the past, have sought the Legislature’s help to pass measures but failed to rally behind the bill to the end.

     

    WEDNESDAY, 18 SEP 2013 03:00AM BY ALDWIN FAJARDO | VARIETY NEWS STAFF | Click here for originial post.

  • Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce Launched

    “An economy driven and influenced by the equal participation of women in business, commerce and trade”

    Founding Board Members of the first ever Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GWCC) are pleased to announce the formal establishment of their organization, with its vision being “an economy driven and influenced by the equal participation of women in business, commerce and trade.”

    Founding board members of the GWCC are:  Lou A. Leon Guerrero, President; Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, Vice President; Denise Mendiola-Hertslet, Secretary; and Toni Sanford, Treasurer.  Other founding board members include Siska Hutapea, Vanessa Ji, Jackie Marati, Doyon Ahn Morato and Dr. Mary A.Y. Okada.  Executive Director is Eileen Agahan.

    The group’s website address is www.guamwcc.com, and it has Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.   Telephone contact number is (671) 487-7022.  GWCC’s membership packet is downloadable from its website, and its annual fee is $100.00 per year.  The group’s calendar of events is also available at its website.  The first General Membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

    For additional information, please contact Eileen Agahan at 487-7022 or via email at ed@guamwcc.com.

     

    Photographed left to right: Eileen Agahan, GWCC Executive Director; Jackie Marati, GWCC Board Member; Toni Sanford, GWCC Board Member and Treasurer; Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, GWCC Board Member and Vice President; Vanessa Ji, GWCC Board Member; Siska Hutapea, GWCC Board Member; Lou Leon Guerrero, GWCC Board Member and President; Dr. Mary Okada, GWCC Board Member; Doyon Ahn Morato, GWCC Board Member; Denise Mendiola-Hertslet, GWCC Board Member and Secretary


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