Majors: Marketing & Finance
Ruby is pursuing a BBA in Marketing and Finance and a certificate in Sustainability. She is appreciative of her involvement in the Shidler community and the opportunity to grow through her participation in the student organization, the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST). Ruby enjoys sharing her passion for business as well as her commitment to sustainability. 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 the Fall 2023 semester, 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. 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 will be attending the University of Technology Sydney in Australia through the Manoa International Exchange Program. After graduation, he plans to attain his CFP certification and pursue a career as a Financial Planner in Hawai’i. 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 ten 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 and serving multiple leadership roles 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 campus. In terms of careers, he recently completed two internships in the accounting industry to gain valuable professional experience serving business clients in the real world. Zenan is also eager to begin his studying abroad journey for the fall 2023 semester at the City University of Hong Kong to explore new environments, learn new knowledge and skills, and make life-long friends. 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.
SGL Cohort Coordinator
Majors: Marketing, International Business, & Economics
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, Economics, and International Business. During the 2023-2024 school year he is serving as the President of the International Business Organization and the Shidler Global Leader Cohort Coordinator. Throughout the Spring 2023 semester, he studied abroad in London, England at the University of Roehampton London, and during this time he solidified his plans to go law school in Georgia and move on to get his Master of Laws somewhere in Europe. Following his university studies, his goal is to work for the United Nations as an International Human Right Lawyer and help to protect the rights of people around the world. 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.
Majors: Management Information Systems & International Business
Marina is an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing a BBA in Management Information Systems and International Business. Throughout her life, she has participated in many leadership roles and enjoys being involved with school organizations. Starting college as a DAP student in Shidler, she was able to start being active in leadership through clubs early on. She was Chancellor for Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity (DSP), an assistant to Information Technology Management Association (ITMA), Judicial Vice President of Panhellenic, a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, and actively joining the International Business Organization (IBO). After studying abroad in Florence, Italy summer of 2023, she would like to extend her grasp of global experience and study on a different continent. She will be studying abroad in Sydney, Australia in the fall of 2024. She is immensely proud to be a Shidler Global Leader and is committed to representing Shidler College of Business. Her pride in her school drives her to be more involved and give back to the community.
Majors: Accounting, Finance, & Management Information Systems
Growing up with an entrepreneurial mindset, Erick always knew he wanted to be his own boss. Born and raised in Honolulu, he is currently majoring in Accounting, Finance and Management Information Systems. Throughout his life journey, Erick has enjoyed being a leader and giving back to his community. Currently, he serves on board for the International Business Organization (IBO) as the Director of Professional Development. In this position, he coordinates workshops and tours to help further student development. In addition, Erick manages his family’s restaurant business, hiring and training numerous staff members. He instills foundations of excellency and discipline toward success wherever his staff goes. Erick also combines his passion for leadership with his dedication to community service. He has previously served on board (Spring ‘23) for the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) as the Director of Human Resources, where he planned community service events and socials for the club. With a focus on community needs, he has worked with non-profit organizations such as “Food Bank Hawaii” and “Just Small Kine Things” to help those in need. Besides being a student leader, Erick has interned at First Insurance Company of Hawaii (Spring ‘22) and is currently interning at Accuity LLP (Fall ‘23) in the audit department. In the spring, he will be joining Deloitte’s auditing team as a full-time intern. He hopes to gain vast experiences in different industries through these internships. In addition, he also plans to study abroad in Spring ‘24 in Tokyo, Japan at Keio University. Erick hopes to see the world outside of Hawaii and make lifelong memories. In the future, Erick plans to be his own boss and to support his community in anyway he can.
Emily Irvine is a junior at the Shidler College of Business, pursuing a double major in Marketing and Management. Starting her college journey at the age of 16, Emily has involved herself in numerous activities and clubs, most notably the Student Government of Olympic College (SGOC) and as the senior assistant for the Student Activity Program Fee Board (SAPFB) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Beyond her academic pursuits, Emily is a strong advocate for the preservation of the outdoors. This commitment was further solidified during her transformative experience living at Bryce Canyon National Park, where she immersed herself in stunning natural landscapes, witnessing firsthand the delicate balance between humanity and nature. Her dedication to environmental conservation, combined with her cultural background as a Native Hawaiian, has been the driving force in shaping her core values and future career aspirations. Emily plans to study abroad during the fall semester of 2024 at the Copenhagen School of Business in Denmark. As a Shidler Global Leader, Emily welcomes the new opportunities and experiences the SGL offers and looks forward to representing the Shidler College of Business and its students.
Majors: Accounting, Finance, & International Business
From a young age, Rachel has always dreamed of being a part of the local business community in Hawaii. Her interest in being a future business leader has led her to pursue undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Finance, and International Business at the Shidler College of Business. As a curious and committed individual, she has been involved with Shidler business organizations such as the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST) and Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), primarily in BEST, where she has served as the Secretary and is currently serving as the Director of Finance. She also has had various internship experiences, specifically in the accounting field, with the following firms: Fukuya Hasegawa Partners, LLC; N&K CPAs, Inc.; and an upcoming internship at Deloitte this fall semester in the audit department. She has plans to continue her studies at National Taiwan University in spring 2024 to expand her knowledge of international business as well as improve her Chinese language skills. Rachel hopes to achieve a lot in her time as a Shidler Global Leader, including giving back to the community that has contributed to her journey thus far, growing as a peer, practicing leadership skills, and learning as a budding young professional.
Majors: Finance & Management Information Systems
Born in China and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Monica has developed a passion for exploration and become a consistently high achiever both inside and outside of the classroom. She is eager to challenge herself both professionally and personally and has a strong passion, drive, and willingness to strive for excellence. Monica is currently pursuing a BBA in Management Information Systems, Finance, and International Business. Throughout her time at Shidler thus far, she has served as an executive board member for the International Business Organization (IBO), the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow (BEST), and the Inter-Business Council (IBC). In 2022, she spent her summer in Taiwan at National Tsinghua University studying Mandarin Chinese and learning about Taiwanese culture. This study abroad opportunity immensely broadened her global perspective and further ignited her desire to travel and discover new cultures. Her experiences as both a leader in the Shidler community and an international student in a foreign country have shaped her into an aspiring, ambitious young professional who is ready to take on the world. She is currently interning with N&K CPAs in their IT department and looks forward to more hands-on experiences while working in the local business community. Monica is fortunate to have another chance to study abroad in Spring 2024, this time at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She is extremely thrilled for this experience and anticipates expanding her knowledge of the global business industry and international cultures. As a Shidler Global Leader, Monica is excited and honored for this prestigious opportunity to serve as a proud representative of the Shidler College of Business and bring about positive changes in her community.