The 4th Annual First Lady: The Movement event took place at the YWCA Oahu, Laniakea Courtyard on Tuesday, July 23. The Movement’s philosophy encourages and empowers women to fulfill their potential and live their dream. The event shines a spotlight on local female entrepreneurs and provides them the opportunity to network with like-minded men and women in the community.
Photos by Lyle Amine.
Local vendors showcased their apparel, jewelry, accessories and artwork. This year, for the first time, the event included a fashion show with looks from local boutiques. The fashion show directors were Reese Sakauye and Ericka Bueno.
Raised in Hawaii, Donna Mae Rizando founded First Lady: The Movement while living on the mainland, after going through a significant life-change at the age of 18. She realized that there were many women her age, going through similar challenges and decided to start an organization that celebrates and empowers women and their talents. At the age of 18, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque was a single mother, and by fate, came across information about First Lady: The Movement. She was so moved by the organization and became fast-friends with Rizando, and is now a partner. For more information about First Lady: The Movement and future events, contact Rizando at firstname.lastname@example.org.