Hawai’i Business Magazine

  • August 2015 issue

This month, my article on the “5 Steps To Preventing Burnout” is the featured article in the Hawai’i Business Magazine.


Hawai’i Business Magazine

– December 6th, 2013

This month, my article on the “5 Steps To Becoming The Master Of Your Time” is the featured article in the Hawai’i Business Magazine.


Leadership Hawai’i Island Retreats
Creates Unique Team-Building Programs

– by Maria Lenhart, August 2013, courtesy of Meeting Focus Magazine

Combining a morning boardroom session or seminar with an afternoon spent hiking through upcountry Maui, exploring an ancient temple or paddling an outrigger canoe is typical of how Nina Cherry, executive coach and owner of Maui-based Leadership Hawai’i Island Retreats, designs team-building leadership programs for corporate groups. Her clients, teams of up to 20 people who sign on for one- to three-day programs, have come from a wide range of Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller organizations.

“Both the indoor and the outdoor components are important elements in achieving business objectives,” Cherry says. “During the indoor sessions, we’ll brainstorm on areas such as communication or leadership objectives, while the outdoor activities help create a high-functioning team. We look at ways they can work better together.”

Cherry believes that ancient Hawaiian cultural traditions, as well as the natural beauty of Maui, are helpful for executives who want to achieve both personal and business growth. She also believes that many company-sponsored retreats or team-building programs fail to inspire their participants.

“A lot of times people don’t want to go on retreats because they don’t want to just be fed the superficial company line,” she says. “What we want is for participants to come back with substance and change.”

The customized programs can run for several days or be a one-day event incorporated into a lager meeting. Along with the learning element, the retreats are designed to offer participants the chance to experience a side of Hawai’i that may be new.

“We try and get off the beaten path—hiking to old temple sites by the ocean and other places tourists don’t usually get to,” Cherry says.


Vistage Offers Peer Advisory Groups for C-level Execs

– Pacific Business News, Honolulu – June 3, 2011

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First Vistage Peer Advisory Group Launches in Honolulu

– Pacific Business News, Honolulu – May 18, 2011

Vistage International is officially launching the first Advisory Board Peer Group for local CEOs and business owners in Hawai’i on May 26. The local members, from non-competing industries, meet once a month in a confidential board room setting to collaborate on solving tough business challenges and keeping each other accountable to objectives.

Kama’aina Nina Cherry was selected and trained by Vistage to be the first chair in Hawai’i, facilitating the peer advisory group meetings and coaching the members privately. Cherry is an executive coach who graduated from Corporate Coach University and has a B.A. in HR Management. She is the director of Vistage Hawai’i. about Vistage International.

Founded in 1957, Vistage International, Inc. headquartered in San Diego, CA, serves 14,500 members in 15 countries whose companies generate $300 billion in annual revenues. Vistage member CEOs participate in chair-led peer groups, receive one-to-one coaching, learn from expert speakers, and interact among a global network of CEOs representing a broad range of industries.

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