Course Description

“The root construct underlying all positive forms of leadership and leadership development is authentic leadership.”


This 3-day seminar builds a bridge between one’s own cultural sustaining practices and professional leadership development. Increase your awareness of your own cultural values and norms and the culture of your organization and apply directly to leadership and management practices such as time management, resource management, interpersonal communications, developing your own leadership philosophy, strategic planning, employee relations, technology use, and community partnerships.


This presentation will highlight elements of Dr. Mary Hattori’s Chamoru culture to form the foundation of a culturally sustaining leadership within the context of American Institutions. Applying principles from their own culture, workshop participants will explore leadership models congruent with those cultures and learn ways to mobilize their own cultural identity to achieve success and inspire others to do the same.


Participants are guided through activities to promote connections between their own experiences and the seminar content.


Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction of Trainer and Participants

  • Overview of Culture

  • Culture-Based Leadership, a Culturally-Sustaining Practice


Day 2

  • Culturally Sustaining Leadership Model

  • Introduction to Digital Leadership

  • Individual or Small Group Technology Inventory


Day 3

  • Digital Leadership, Digital Wisdom

  • A Day in the Life of a Digital Leader

  • Applying Principles to Your Professional Practice

  • Looking Ahead: Aspirations for Your Own Leadership Practice and Personal Life

Learner Outcomes

At the end of the program, participants will be able to: 

  • Reflect on and describe the culture of your family or heritage group by identifying a few key values, goals, and norms from your personal life. 
  • Reflect on and describe the culture of your organization by identifying a few key values, goals, and norms from your professional life. 
  • Compare and contrast the cultures of your personal life and your organization. 
  • Reflect on and describe how your cultural heritage is or can be expressed in your work. 
  • Formulate ways to apply personal culture to your professional life.
  • Reflect on your relationship with technology and identify ways it improves, as well as challenges your professional life. 
  • Discover and identify practical strategies or resources that will help you deal with technology challenges. 
  • Formulate digital leadership goals for the next year. 


If you are a student with a documented disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability so that we may coordinate the accommodations you need, you are invited to contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO) in ‘Ilima 107, ph.734-9552, or email kapdss@hawaii.edu for assistance. For students whose primary disability is Deaf or hard of hearing, contact the KCC Deaf Center at ph. 734-9210 (V), 447-1379 (videophone), or email kapdeaf1@hawaii.edu.

Please note: you will need to contact Kapi’olani CC’s DSSO or Deaf Center to request accommodations in a Kapi’olani CC course even if you’ve already registered or are receiving services at another UH campus’s disability support program.


Kapi‘olani Community College Refund/Drop Policy:

100% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made 10 business days or more prior to start date of course.

50% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made 5-9 business days prior to start date of course.

0% refund: Notification to Non-Credit Registration made less than 5 business days prior to start date of

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