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to help with every aspect of business and nonprofit management.
Our company’s culture is evident in the work we do, the clients we serve, the results we achieve, and the positive impact we make.
The PlayBook Difference: Translational Leadership
We seamlessly work up, down, and across various organizational hierarchies, bridging differences, connecting with groups who might otherwise be excluded, and translating between constituencies. It’s a rare skill and PlayBook has it.
We improve every business and individual we touch as positive contributors in their communities through guidance, tools, and training that create opportunities and the ability to act on them.
Our Guiding Principles
MEET OUR TEAM
Founder & Senior Strategist
With 20 years of expertise to share, Leslie is considered a leader in strategy and organizational development. She has developed and facilitated hundreds of strategic planning engagements and workshops. Seen as an expert in change management, cultural transformation, and cross-sector collaborative problem solving, her focus is in corporate, government, and nonprofit communities. Prior to founding PlayBook, Leslie led Cisco Systems’ global B2B Ecommerce strategy team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA, is past president of the Rotary Club of Kahului, and recently served on Hawaii’s Small Business Regulatory Review Board. Leslie is an Omidyar Fellow in Leadership Development.
Jennifer is our main point of contact for clients concerning any administrative issues and scheduling needs. She holds bachelors degrees in biology and environmental studies and has worked in conservation and education. We recruited Jennifer for her excellence in project and client management and for her background in nonprofit program coordination. She joins us at many of our strategic planning workshops and is responsible for post-workshop documentation.
Robert Kawahara, CPA
Finance & Tax Strategy Consultant
As managing member at Kawahara + Company, CPAs, Robert is responsible for all of PlayBook’s outsourced financial reviews and consulting. He provides our clients with tax strategy and planning, regulatory compliance counsel, audits, bookkeeping, tax preparation, equity improvement, corporate funding strategy, and fiscal management plans. He also serves as one of our trainers for fiscal literacy seminars. Robert is a director of the Maui Chapter of the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants, and recently served as president of the Rotary Club of Kahului.
Trainer, Video Production
Keith is the amazing organizational and motivational force behind the Maui Film Festival’s volunteer management success story. Founder of The Art of Volunteering, Keith recruits, trains, and supervises more than 600 volunteers annually for the festival. He leveraged his skills with MFF to launch an outsourced volunteer management service for nonprofits and consults with organizations across the country. Keith works with PlayBook as a trainer and as one of our consulting team.
Kathleen is one of our on-call facilitators, specializing in large groups with disparate views. She’s worked with us with the Department of Labor & Industrial Relations and the Department of Agriculture on Workforce Development projects and is on PlayBook’s Advisory Hui for new business development.
Brand Strategist, Marketing Fulfillment
Tanyia is the founder of Pathfinder, a brand management consultancy. Based in Sausalito, California, Tanyia is our go-to resource for corporate brand strategy. Her strength lies in repositioning, building brands, and creating inspiring brand interactions/connections that lock in consumer loyalty. Former Vice President at Foote, Cone & Belding, she crafted the branding campaigns of more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Elizabeth Arden, Levis, and Intel. Her qualitative research is second to none, customized to the client’s vision and challenges. Her marketing focus starts with strategy and ends with in-depth implementation management - from social media to nationwide buys.
Alexis is one of our on-call facilitators, specializing in leadership development, team building, and youth programs. As founder of Camp CenterStage, a “leadership through performing arts” youth camp, Alexis is masterful at curriculum development, operations/productivity improvement, and FUN!
Trainer, Nonprofit Legal Issues Consultant
Tom is Maui’s top land conservation and nonprofit attorney (www.MauiLandLaw.com), working with such organizations as Public Access Trails Hawaii, Maui Coastal Land Trust (he was the founding president), and Paul, Johnson, Park, and Niles. We work with Tom when new groups want to go through the nonprofit development and tax exemption process, when our nonprofit clients seek legal counsel, and when we offer our Nonprofit Legal Issues training seminars.
Trainer, Business & Nonprofit Insurance Consultant
Della is our top trainer and consultant for commercial and nonprofit insurance issues. Commercial Account Executive for Atlas Insurance Agency, Della is a key resource in understanding risk and liability, and how best to protect your business and team.
Workplace Safety Solutions Consultant
Gordon partners with PlayBook clients who need guidance in developing workplace safety policies, processes, and in shifting organizational culture to support occupational safety. He holds a Masters degree and is a Certified Health & Safety Consultant (CHSC) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He has served as Director of Occupational Health & Safety, Director of Training, and Occupational Safety & Health Compliance Officer (USA and Canada).
Values-based. Results-driven. Client-focused. Community-oriented.
PlayBook Consulting Group was founded in response to a need for growth and sustainability in organizations across Hawaii. To succeed in an ever-changing world, leaders in every sector need:
Our expertise, philosophy, and approach make PlayBook uniquely equipped to help you craft creative solutions that lead to action and results.
With PlayBook, you’re getting a partner who’s invested in your journey and success. It’s important to us that you maintain ownership of the process and outcomes with buy-in at every level of the organization. We’ll provide fresh perspectives on doing business and a customized strategic roadmap that solves problems and makes the changes you want.
• Improved organizational capacity;
• Strategic clarity;
• Operational excellence;
• Cultural transformation; and
• Empowered leadership
We hold ourselves accountable to a moral code and strong ethical principles. We act with honesty and incorruptibility in our behavior, relationships, actions, and communication.
Service - Meaningful Impact
We deliver on client needs in the most positive, effective, and efficient ways possible. We contribute to the well-being of our clients, our partners, and our community to make a meaningful impact.
Our methods are grounded in collaboration – we listen and ask questions, learning about what’s going right and where improvements are needed. Then we work together to realize shared goals.
We believe in creating and maintaining the capacity to endure - whether it is a company, a team, a project, a community, or the planet on which we live. Every solution we help clients come up with has intentional sustainability built in.
PlayBook Consulting Group is a proud member of Laguna Strategic Advisors, LLC – a superb international resource for top management and entrepreneurs seeking objective insight to achieve the next level of success for their organization. Whether your business is a start-up venture or an established company, our advisors provide experience-based consultation focused on your specific needs and aspirations.
Each member of the Business Advisors Consortium has proven expertise in his or her field. They offer a rich pool of insight that was acquired the old fashioned way: They earned it. These seasoned practitioners are dedicated to creating strategic business and organizational solutions designed to produce measurable results for your enterprise. For more information visit
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