Like wise women of old who gathered to share their stories around the fire, we sat cross-legged near the bottom boughs, Lychee martini in one hand and eggroll in the other, and shared our vision of what a perfect business would look like. Karen started the conversation with a simple concept and one by one each woman added an another aspect, a tweak, a bolder vision until finally the last drop of inspiration was delivered and we all sat staring as if gobsmacked. Faces glowing not from twinkle lights and alcohol, but from shared delight and revelation, a seed of possibility began to take root. Wahine Media was conceived in love and laughter at a “Girlfriends’ Night Out” Christmas party, and is now one of the largest social media agencies in Hawaii.
Celebrating our unique skills as women—our natural ability to socialize and our innate desire to nurture—as a women-owned business, we set out to create a culture where we would not only nurture and grow others, but grow and stretch ourselves as well. Embracing everything it means to be a woman, our truth was that we wanted to live, work and play by our own rules, which for most of us meant never donning a business suit again. Having removed the barriers in our own lives, we now teach businesses to remove theirs. We are devoted to coaxing businesses into their awesome!
What We Do
At Wahine Media, we are into the humanization of business, and the world-changing impact social media has in this relationship economy. As strategic consultants, we help changemakers understand the power of social and our implementation teams get their message out to the world. We develop custom training programs, C-Class to large group. The communities that we touch thrive, and we have the KPI’s to prove it! Our clients range from hospitality to healthcare, restaurants to retail, education to startups, nonprofit to HR & staffing, and tourism to tours.
Meet the Wahine
While our social consortium consists of many, yes including Kane, here are the faces you will get to know and adore when we work with you. We are happy and potent contributors working in the spirit of community. Leveraging our intuition, wisdom, resilience, adaptability and compassion, we create places for you to connect and more, to shine.
Karen Weikert | Co-Founder
storyteller | spirit talker | chief nurturer | author | muse | end-user evangelist
Karen is our resident storyteller and chief nurturer. She is the keeper of the brand for our clients and, as mama bear, serves as both muse and guide to our content creators, encouraging them to reach for their most powerful and engaging posts, and then delight in the outcomes. A web designer and end-user architect for over 18 years, she knows what customers want and need to love to a brand.
An author, speaker, coach, consultant, radio talk show guest, and instructor at Pacific New Media at UH Manoa, she teaches businesses/nonprofits how to truly inspire. A professional member of the Social Media Club Hawaii, she was voted one of Hawaii`s Top 15 Social Media Influencers in 2012, and has created her own vibrant audience of over 16,000 #spiritsays™ followers and fans who read her channeled wisdom daily.
Gwen Woltz | Co-Founder
mother | design afficianado | workflow architect | usie addict | entrepreneur | beach bum
Gwen is a skypuncher! Helping clients to envision their perfect social world, she then maps the quickest and most affordable route to get there. A crackerjack strategist, and one of the leaders of the social media revolution in Hawaii, she has been on the front lines from the beginning and knows what works. She has guided clients from China to Australia through their social media journey—from budget to best practices—as they embraced new ways to connect with their audience.
A fine art, graphic design and marketing background, in 2009 she followed her passion and co-founded Wahine Media. Board President for Social Media Club Hawaii two years running, a finalist for Pacific Edge Magazine’s Young Professional of the Year, she was also a speaker for Ignite Honolulu at Punahou. An instructor at Pacific New Media at UH Manoa, she teaches everything from Social Media Ads to Killer Campaigns.
Lara Holt | Social Media Supervisor
social media adventurer | communicator | world traveler | marathon runner | animal lover
Lara came to us as an intern, and is now one of our most valued team members, running customer service teams, and creating some of our most imaginative and “engagement-getting” content.
Growing up all over the world, Lara developed an interest in people and cultures, and got a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and a joint Master’s degree in Communications/Business at Hawaii Pacific University.
She has worked at consular offices of the US State Department during crises, as Membership Services Director for the Musicians’ Union during the closure of the 110 year-old Honolulu Symphony, and in Washington DC connecting aspiring entrepreneurs with angel investors. She serves on the Board of Social Media Club Hawaii and did we mention she’s an avid runner?
Diedre Chase | Social Media Specialist
scribe | gourmand | trivia enthusiast | volunteer | recreational athlete | watercolor neophyte
You know how some people just say they love what they do for a living? Well in this case, Diedre really does.
Her romance with words began when her fifth grade English teacher, Mrs. Lum, told her she was a good writer and advised her to someday pursue it as a career. That lead to a no-brainer when she enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she was a staff writer for the school newspaper and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. More recently, she graduated with distinction from UCLA Extension’s Marketing Certificate Program with a concentration in Social Media. With that, she made a career shift from management and employee relations into the dynamic world of social media.
When she’s not curating content and thinking up comical or pithy things to write, you may see her bicycling, participating in the Honolulu Marathon, singing on her church’s worship team, dabbling in watercolor, or peddling her handmade jewelry at a craft fair. As a dedicated volunteer, she has served as a board member for the Venture Club of Honolulu; Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii; the Bead Society of Hawaii; and the Junior League of Honolulu, from which she received its distinctive Community Service Award while serving as Community Vice President. Being on the writing team for Gridiron Hawaii has allowed her to share her passion for making up silly rhymes and incorporating them into song parodies. So yes, she loves what she does for a living, but more importantly, she does what she loves.
Keri Bennett | Social Media Specialist
pun-loving | solutionist | divergent thinker | coffee drinker | passionista | guacaholic
Keri is a pun-loving solutionist who shines through leading customer service teams, developing complex social advertising campaigns, and designing strategic and creative content. Leveraging her strengths of adaptability and individualization, Keri thrives on providing clients and their communities a personalized social experience.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Salisbury University in Maryland in 2009, Keri moved to Hawaii and received a Master’s degree in Communicology at UH Manoa. With over 10 years of experience in customer service, hospitality and tourism, she has conducted workshops on improving service encounters in restaurants and has been published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Keri is a multipotentialite with keen interests in traveling, fashion, and fitness. On any given Saturday, you might find Keri coordinating photoshoots for Hawkoh or making jewelry for The Knotty Mermaid.
Emily Beth Beacham | Social Media Specialist
Emily Beth is an avid Instagrammer, aspiring music aficionado, and has deep appreciation for a good bowl of pasta. Customer Service is her cup of tea. Combining her love for people with a passion for communication, social media marketing is a world she thrives in.
She is an experienced writer and a talented wordsmith, and enjoys using those two essential aids in building strong customer relationships over social media. While mathematics is not her strong suit, an Excel sheet can make her giddy because of the relationships the numbers convey. From every day interactions on social media platforms like Facebook to detail oriented KPI Reports, she views each avenue of social marketing through a personal lens, because at the end of the day, it’s all about people and the bonds we build.
Kellie Blessing | Social Media Specialist
The newest member of the Wahine team, Kellie’s happy place is deep in the ocean, scuba diving, freediving and all things mermaid.
Kellie grew up in California, and came to Oahu eight years ago to go to school and decided to stay in paradise. While working full time on a catamaran as a sailor and snorkel instructor, Kellie obtained her AA from Leeward Community College and her Bachelors Degree in Business, with a marketing minor from University of Hawaii, West Oahu.
She has honed her managerial and marketing skills in quintessential Hawaiian markets ranging from drones to bikinis.
Armida York | York Hospitality LLC
Armida York, with York Hospitality LLC, has a vast experience in luxury hotel sales and marketing. York, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, was most recently from Four Seasons Resorts Lana’i, where she was vital in their sales and marketing department.
Prior to Hawaii, Armida worked as Corporate Sales Manager for Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and successfully opened the luxury property in 2009. In 2004, she helped open Wynn Las Vegas Resort and in 2008 opened Encore Las Vegas Resort.
Armida has 16 years of Hotel Sales & Marketing experience. She’s currently serves on the board for PRSA (Public Relations of America) Hawaii Chapter as the Programs co-chair.