Local Harvard grad, Pixar talent director highlight GWCC Fanachu Famalao’an virtual summit


The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Fanachu Famalao’an (Women Rising) annual empowerment conference will offer virtual presentations from speakers who’ve paved successful careers with nationally known entities.

Fanachu Famalao’an will take place virtually this year on April 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

This year’s theme, “Inspiring Innovation” features keynote speaker Suhana Han,
who grew up on Guam, graduated from Harvard Law School, and is now a partner
in the Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Litigation Group in New York. Ms. Han will discuss
adapting to the pandemic from a professional perspective. She has represented
some of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions in complex
cases and matters involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Securities and
Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the
Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Also featured will be Kim Diaz, Director of Recruitment & Talent Outreach for
Pixar Animation Studios. Ms. Diaz grew up in Guam and the Bay Area. She joined
Pixar Animation Studios in April 2013, and oversees the Talent Acquisition & Talent Outreach teams, which also includes University Relations and internship
programs for the studio. Prior to Pixar, Ms. Diaz worked in recruiting at 2K
Games, Lucasfilm (VFX, Games, Sound, Corporate), and did retail recruiting for

The closing keynote will feature Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified
internal medicine physician, speaker, and author. She is an international wellness
expert featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC,
Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, INC, and as a guest on
the Dr. Oz show.

One of this year’s Fanachu Famalao’an highlights is the Leadership Masterclass
on Mastering Tough Conversations with Lucy Georgiades, co-founder of Elevate
Leadership. Ms. Georgiades has spent over a decade coaching and running
management and leadership classes, and worked one-on-one with leaders, CEOs, and executive teams to address challenges, communicate effectively, achieve
their goals, and lead their people. She specialized in cognitive neuropharmacology and vision and brain development at Oxford University in London, where she worked before moving to San Francisco over eight years ago.

Other speakers who will also focus on the topics of pivoting during the pandemic, lessons in resiliency and inspiring careers on the rise include author and human rights attorney Julian Aguon; Dr. Mariana Cook-Huynh, Sagua Managu/MPG; Michelle He Yee Lee, The Washington Post; Cora Spearman, Coradorables; Michelle Crisostomo, Guahan Sustainable Culture; Jennifer McFerran, International Dining Concepts; Michelle Rohr, Secret OWL Society blogger; and Pika Fejeran, multi-concept creator and operator.

This year’s unique Fanachu Famalao’an platform will also offer attendees welcome kits and virtual gift bags containing discounts to various island merchants, online shopping opportunities from local businesses and start-ups, and opportunities to network with other women as we navigate the uncertain waters of this ongoing pandemic.

The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce Fanachu Famalao’an 2021 change agent sponsors include Pacific Daily News, Matson, Sorensen Media Group, Tri Vision Media Group, and Ada’s Trust & Investment.

This year’s virtual Fanachu Famalao’an vendors include UOG Press, Micronesia Climate Change Alliance, Jayde Ryanne, Pulan Magic, Flame Tree Candle Co., Accentuate, KERSHASCORNER, and Rockit Ride.

Tickets are $70 for members and $90 for non-members. To reserve tickets, log on to

For more information on GWCC’s Fanachu Famalao’an 2021, email Livia Marati at