Women’s Chamber showcases women leaders in government

The island's women leaders shared their insights on workforce development and encouraging gender diversity in the workplace.

The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce hosted “At the Table with Guam’s Women Leaders in Government” this week at the Dusit Thani Hotel, providing a chance for the island’s women leaders to meet with Guam businesswomen to share their insights on workforce development and encouraging gender diversity in the workplace.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero talked about the role of women in leading all three branches of government in Guam. Aside from the executive department, Chief Justice Katherine Maraman heads the Judiciary while Speaker Tina-Muna Barnes presides over the current Legislature.

“We are honored to be among these great women and I tell you, and I tell this where ever I go … I’ve just been to the Micronesian Islands Forum, all these island leaders … from the President of Palau, President of the RMI, President of Pohnpei, all of the Governors there … they all recognize that Guam is the first in this region and in the whole United States that all three branches of government are headed by women,” the governor said.

Panel speakers also spoke about their plans to empower, support, and encourage more women to enter the workforce and about the workforce development methods that have worked for them and their employees in their fields.

Bureau of Women’s Affairs Director Jayne Flores said history has shown that when you empower women in the community, the entire community benefits.

“And we have an opportunity here to benefit Guam, in ways never been before benefited,” Flores said.

Aside from the Governor and the Speaker, Adjutant General Esther Aguigui of the Guam National Guard, GEDA CEO Melanie Mendiola, and DRT Director Dafne Shimizu rounded up the panel of women government leaders who spoke during the membership meeting.