HONOLULU (KHNL) - Top women leaders meet in Hawaii for the 5th annual International Women's Leadership Conference.
It's a room filled with glass ceiling breakers.
Governor Linda Lingle hosts women speakers from eight nations including the first female Police Chief in our nation's capital and the first female Executive Chef for the White House.
"I never thought that the lady that cooks for the White House would come here to talk to us about how she has, a Filipino herself has come to be in a high position," said Sacred Hearts Academy senior Marissa Oba.
Students from 26 schools across Hawaii receive valuable advice from these 'first women.'
"It just empowers me and encourages me to strive even harder and work even harder in school to try and just work towards my dreams and what I want to do when I grow up," said Helen Wong, another Sacred Hearts Academy senior.
The event comes during a historic run by a woman for vice presidency.
"It was that kind of a year for women in America so being able to host over 1,000 women from all across the state to hear these outstanding speakers is our opportunity to motivate people and what we have focused on is the students, especially the young girls," said Governor Linda Lingle.
"It's just further emphasis and gives more that we can really do and go out there and do things," said Jeanessa Slaughter, a Sacred Hearts Academy senior.
These empowered students will head to college next year to become glass shattering women themselves.