Mahealani grew up in Ka’awaloa on the island of Hawai’i. She is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) specialist with over 7 years of experience in DEI facilitation, curriculum creation, and managing internal and external organizational communication. Skilled in relationship building, writing/editing, public speaking, project management, and conflict resolution. Mahealani is an innovative thinker who excels at developing and implementing DEI programs.
Career & Prior Experience
Mahealani began working in DEI as a trainer and facilitator in 2015. Since then, she has facilitated over 500 workshops and continues to grow that number each year. She is currently based in Houston, Tx as a DEI specialist for Texas Children’s Hospital, who was just ranked the #2 hospital in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report 2022 survey of Best Children’s Hospitals. In her current role, she serves as a primary project lead and consultant for DEI initiatives, acts as an advisor within Human Resources, and collaborates with other HR professionals to ensure DEI is implemented effectively across the entire organization.
Education & Professional Affiliations
- Masters of Arts in Communication, San Diego State University
- BA, San Diego State University
Training Experience & Specialties
Mahealani specializes in workshop facilitation and DEI curriculum creation based on best practices, data from internal and external sources, and evidence-based strategies. She has facilitated and presented to over 15,000 people with various backgrounds whether it be college students, or corporate executives. Her public-speaking skills are complemented by her exceptional ability to connect with people, empathize, and articulate DEI messages with understanding and compassion.
Hobbies & Interests
Mahealani enjoys spending her free time with her three pups Luna, Harley, & Halo. Going on walks, hikes, swims, or anything outdoors is an ideal way to recharge. Some days she goes for the all-day Netflix binges with cookies and her favorite ice cream, Coffee Haagen-Dazs.