Majors: Management Information Systems & History
Jacob is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing a BBA in Management Information Systems, a BA in History, and a certificate in French. As a lifelong learner and leader, he has dedicated countless hours of his time to leadership roles, community service projects, and other events through organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Information Technology Management Association (ITMA), a professional student-led business organization. Jacob served as the President of ITMA in the Spring 2022 semester and was a liaison between the Inter-Business Council (IBC) and ITMA in the Fall 2021 semester through his role as an IBC Senator. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunities provided to him by the Shidler Global Leaders Program and hopes to further hone his leadership, communication, and networking skills in Rennes, France, where he will be studying in the Fall 2022 semester. Jacob is committed to being a genuine ambassador for the Shidler College of Business and a positive role model for students.
Majors: Finance & Management Information Systems
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lydia has witnessed the impacts of paramount issues on her beautiful home and is passionate about becoming a business leader who can address such issues. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Pi, at which she has served as the Chancellor and Director of Corporate Relations. Through her recent internship as a Project Manager at Decision Research Corporation, she has gained a strong interest in working in tech after graduation. She will be studying at the Korea University Business School in the Fall 2022 semester and hopes that through her study abroad experience, she can further understand the implications of global issues and perspectives on business. Lydia is thrilled for the opportunity to become a Shidler Global Leader and knows that the program will equip her with the skills necessary to become a conscientious leader who is sensitive to the voices and needs of her community.
SGL Cohort Coordinator
Majors: Accounting & Finance
An avid learner and explorer, Sydni is pursuing majors in Accounting and Finance and has gained real world experience through internships with the McDonald’s franchisee on Hawai’i Island, Ernst & Young, and Hawaiian Isles Coffee. She values giving back to the organizations that have helped her grow as an individual; Sydni serves as the President of the International Business Organization, coaches judo at her high school, and volunteered at Ronald McDonald House Charities. Over the past five years, Sydni has worked at various McDonald’s restaurants and been to stores in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Her years spent working at McDonald’s, alongside her love for traveling, have developed her into a driven individual eager to explore the world. She is grateful to have done two homestays in Japan and studied abroad at Seoul National University. She is thankful for the support and mentorship received throughout the years and hopes to apply what she has learned to make ethical business decisions that create a positive impact in the local community.
Majors: Finance & International Business
Marcus is second year Shidler Global Leader, majoring in Finance and International Business, and minoring in Economics. Marcus was born and raised on Oahu and recently had the opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for his exchange semester. Be warned, he will gladly share everything about his experiences while abroad so unless you have a good amount of time, do not mention it. He is currently the Vice President of Professional Activities for the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, and is also helping with the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow's Mock Interview. He highly encourages students to join a club (although he is very biased) because of how much growth he experienced being a part of them. Marcus continues to be honored to be part of the Shidler Global Leaders cohort and is excited to give back in anyway he can to the Shidler College of Business.
Major: Finance & International Business
Growing up in Hawaii, Kaylee has learned to value family, community, and passion. Through internships with Kamehameha Schools, the Select Commercial Opportunities Real Estate Portfolio—a private equity fund, Central Pacific Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Division, and the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i, she has explored her passions, gained valuable mentorship, and developed as a young professional. The communities she has connected and learned alongside through university clubs and other organizations have driven her personal growth and desire to help others flourish. She had the honor of serving as the President and Director of Professional Development for the International Business Organization, was a founding Senate member of the Mānoa Scholars Club, and currently coaches cheerleading at her high school. Excited to expand her perception of the world, she is looking forward to studying abroad at the University of Roehampton London in Fall 2022. The Shidler College of Business has made possible so many opportunities, and Kaylee is grateful for the chance to give back to the community as a Shidler Global Leader.
Majors: Accounting & Finance
Jenna was born in China, but grew up keiki o ka `aina in South Kona on Hawai`i Island. She is working toward a BA in Accounting and Finance, with a minor in Economics, and is an active member of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST). Most recently, she completed an internship with Bank of Hawaii in the Controller's Division. Her educational background is a varied mix starting with a hands-on elementary public charter school where she participated in community service and animal rescue work; a STEM academy in grades 6-10 where she worked on robotics, marine biology and aquaculture; and graduated summa cum laude from Konawaena High School, while also earning a Hawaii Life Styles ASC via Hawaii Community College at Palamanui. Her upbringing included earning a black belt in MMA, and summers on Molokai, hiking, swimming and fishing with her extended `ohana. These varied experiences provide a broad underpinning of flexible thinking, cultural awareness, adaptability, stick-to-it-ivness, personal drive, and teamwork focused on positive outcomes. For her SGL exchange, she will attend Waseda University in 2022, and feels deeply honored, grateful, and enthusiastic to serve as a representative of the Shidler College of Business, the University of Hawai`i, our state and nation.
Majors: Accounting & Human Resource Management
Living in Mānoa, Stefani has been fortunate to be surrounded by the beautiful lush green valley, developing her appreciation for nature, various cultures, and the aloha spirit. She is very grateful for her family's support and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa ohana. Her internships at Servco Pacific Inc., Territorial Savings Bank, New York Life, Jordan and Cara Odo Foundation, Spire Hawaii LLP, and Punahou School, allowed her to gain a variety of business experiences. Stefani served in many leadership roles for clubs such as the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (President (‘21-’22) and Director of Human Resources (‘20)), Society for Human Resource Management (Director of Corporate Relations (‘20)), and Beta Beta Gamma Sorority (Community Service Chair (‘20-’21)). She is also a member of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), various honor societies, and the American Business Women’s Association (2021 Scholarship Recipient), and participated in multiple international case competitions. Community service has always been a passion, from her first Girl Scouts cookie sales to earning her gold award. Stefani likes to find ways to improve the lives of the people of Hawaii. As a Shidler Global Leader, Stefani developed SMILE a mentorship program for exploratory business students to excel as future business leaders. Stefani looks forward to studying abroad at the National University of Singapore this fall and expanding her global perspective. She is thankful for the numerous opportunities Shidler has provided and hopes to continue serving Hawai‘i’s community.
Majors: Marketing & International Business
Ruby is currently pursuing a BBA in Marketing and Finance from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She challenges herself academically as a participant in the Honors program. Ruby enjoys sharing her passion for UH Mānoa, through her on-campus roles as a New Student Orientation Leader and as a Campus Tour Guide. Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Oklahoma and California, Ruby has called many different states home. Ruby is a proud member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. She's a strong proponent of inclusion in higher education and helped found the Indigenous Student Association at UH Mānoa. During Fall 2023, Ruby hopes to study abroad in New Zealand. Ruby is grateful for the opportunity to be a Shidler Global Leader and she is excited to continue making positive contributions to the UH Mānoa community.
Born and raised in Mānoa, Reese is a BBA Candidate in Finance with a minor in Economics. He is very grateful for the support that he has received from his family, friends, community, and club, the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST). During his membership with BEST, he has served on the Executive Board as the Director of Finance (Spring ‘21), Director of Human Resources (Fall ‘21), and is currently serving as Vice President (Fall ‘22 - Spring ‘23). Through these positions, he has developed his leadership, communication, and networking skills, but even more so, found a new family within the Shidler College of Business. In addition to his involvement in BEST, he also works as a Tour Guide and Admissions Assistant in the UH Mānoa Office of Admissions where he interacts with prospective students and shares his journey to UH Mānoa. As a Shidler Global Leader, he is excited to further develop as a young professional with the help of his fellow SGLs and the plethora of opportunities that are presented through the program. On top of that, he is eager to give back to the community and be a genuine role model for other students. During the Fall 2023 semester, he plans to attend the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. After graduation, he plans to attain his CFP certification and pursue a career as a Financial Planner. Throughout his career, he hopes to help people achieve their financial and life goals while educating them about the world of personal finance. Reese is committed to being a representative of the Shidler College of Business and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa as a Shidler Global Leader and beyond.
Majors: Accounting, Finance, & Management Information Systems
Born in China and immigrating to the United States at the age of eleven, Zenan has shown a consistent willingness and determination to overcome the challenges of living in a new environment and, at the same time, improve himself during the past nine years. In intermediate school, he joined the Honors Program and the National Junior Honor Society while writing and publishing news articles for the entire school. In high school, Zenan continued a rigorous academic path and participated in extracurricular activities, such as the student council, school play, and choir, and founded his chess club to maximize his experience in leadership. In the fall of 2020, Zenan joined the Shidler College of Business as a Direct Admit Freshman. Since then, he has held himself to high academic rigor while participating in the Accounting Club, Business Executive Society of Tomorrow, and Manoa Scholars Club to enrich his social, professional, and community service engagement on and outside of campus. Currently, Zenan is serving as the treasurer for the Accounting Club and will be starting his second-year term as the membership coordinator for the Manoa Scholars Club. For his studying abroad, he plans to attend the National University of Singapore in the fall of 2023. By being a Shidler Global Leader, Zenan hopes to continue making improvements and be able to make a positive impact on his peers and community.
Madison Kamaha'o Medeiros
Majors: Management & International Business
Rooted in her Native Hawaiian culture, language, and values, Kamahaʻo Medeiros was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaiʻi. She was raised in what Hawaiians call “huliau” or turning point. From birth, she participated in countless social-political movements regarding her Hawaiian heritage. She continued her journey by attending a Native Hawaiian charter school, Hālau Kū Māna, and through her education, she learned how to bridge Hawaiian and Western cultures to create innovative and progressive change for the lāhui. Her education involved working with local non-profit organizations, taking part in different traditional Hawaiian practices, and regularly leading civic engagement efforts. These experiences combined were fundamental in nurturing her aloha and advocacy for our ʻāina. Growing up in Hawaiʻi and around ʻāina stewards has given her an intrinsic responsibility to care for the environment. This responsibility has been slowly stoked throughout her upbringing and has matured into a profound passion. To her sustainability is more than a concept, it is a lifestyle and value system that will continue to be cultivated as a Shidler Global Leader. She is now working towards a double major in International Business and Management with a focus on Sustainability. Kamahaʻo is excited to be a Shidler Global leader and work with her cohort to find positive and creative ways to become more active in her college community and learn as much from them as they can from her.
Majors: Marketing & International Business
Starting at a young age, Jett learned the value of hard work and integrity. He was born in Littleton, Colorado and attended school in multiple cities around the state, giving him the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people and learn leadership skills. Through building relationships with others, he found a passion in helping others in his community through the lens of business. Upon arriving at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and becoming part of the Shidler College of Business community, he found his place in studying Marketing, Quantitative Economics, and International Business, as well as pursuing the Undergraduate Certificate for Peace Studies and the Peace Corp Prep Certificate through the Matsunaga Institute. During his studies, he plans to study abroad in London, England at the University of Roehampton London in Spring 2023, and start his journey into international business and peace building. Following his university studies, his goal is to join the Peace Corp and use what he has to help small businesses and economies around the world to lessen the gap between people in our global community. Jett is honored to have the opportunity to be a Shidler Global Leader, and to give back to his community as an ambassador of the Shidler College of Business.