Nicole Forrester, CEO and President of Leading Hawaiian NGO Commended as a "Local Female Leader" by the Islands Society

This month, the Islands Society is pleased to announce Nicole Forrester as a "Local Female Leader" for her work promoting community well-being in the Pacific Islands through partnerships in education.

Honolulu, HI, September 14, 2015 --( As the current President and CEO of Hawaiian based NGO, the Pacific Resources for Education Learning (PREL), Nicole Forrester joins a growing network of women leading positive change in island communities through the 'Local Female Leaders' (LFL) initiative.

"We are very excited to welcome Ms. Forrester as a 'Local Female Leader'" says Keiko Ono, Managing Director of the LFL initiative, "with an extensive experience in foreign policy, cultural diplomacy and academia we are excited to share her expertise and current efforts in transforming education in the Pacific Islands."

"I commend the LFL initiative's innovative approach to raising awareness of the complex leadership and gender issues in the Pacific," commented Ms. Forrester.

Prior to leading PREL, Ms. Forrester directed the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and served as consul for economic and political affairs at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles. She was thereafter awarded the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship and the Amanda and Natalie Ellis Women Leaders Scholarship Award.

About the Local Female Leaders Program

Through the Local Female Leaders Program, the Islands Society recognizes females from around the world who are thought leaders in their local communities. Under the program, the Islands Society selects a local female leader from a different island community each month. That local female leader is then provided the opportunity to share her insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in her own community based on her own life experiences.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects centre on nine issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.


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