Interviews and Media

I provide interviews to publications worldwide and am available for speaking engagements at institutions nationwide. 

For interview and speaking requests, please get in touch.

Speaking Themes

  • Hiring for Skills of the Future
  • Getting Started with Project-Based Work
  • Building a Virtual Talent Bench
  • Creating a Documentation-First Culture
  • Leading with Grace and Compassion
  • Getting Started with AI
  • Build Your Bold Future Now
  • Envision Your Dream Social Venture
  • How AI will Impact Your Industry/Vertical/Function
  • Accelerate Your Career with AI

Other Media

2024

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Getting Started with AI.” Private company via Zoom, January, 2024.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Mastering Spreadsheets: Unleashing the Power of Google Sheets and Excel.” Private company via Google Meet, January, 2024.

Emcee. 2024. “Semi-Annual Pau Hana.” Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou & Punahou School, January 26, 2024. Emcee at semi-annual pau hana with 100+ Punahou alumnae, current parents, and friends of Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou.

Dean Guida. 2024. “A CEO explains why companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are researching worker health and wellness.” Fast Company, February 26, 2024. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Hiring for Skills of the Future.” Private company via Zoom, February, 2024.

Moderator. 2024. “A Sustainable Food Future at School and at Home.” Punahou School Parent Faculty Association, March 7, 2024. Moderator at evening talk for current Punahou parents, faculty, and staff.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Creating a Documentation-First Culture.” Private company via Zoom, March, 2024.

Rachel Breitweser. 2024. “Punahou Hosts Creativity and Innovation Expert.” Punahou Bulletin. April 15, 2024. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Getting Started with AI.” Private company via Zoom, April, 2024

Merriam-Webster. 2024. “How to Use nurture in a Sentence.” Merriam-Webster. May 3, 2024. Link.

Speaker. 2024. “AI Parenting: Streamline Your Family Life with Artificial Intelligence.” Hawai‘i Center for AI. May 10, 2024.

Rachel Breitweser. 2024. “CASE’s ‘Art of Entrepreneurship’ Cultivates Future Innovators.” Punahou Bulletin. May 13, 2024. Article Link.

Speaker. 2024. “AI Empowerment: Harnessing AI for Women’s Success.” Hawai‘i Center for AI. May 17, 2024.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “AI and the Future of Work” Hawaii Business AI Summit. June 4, 2024. Panel speaker for this inaugural AI Summit with hundreds of participants.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Leveraging Innovative Tools: Apps and Platforms For Organizational Success.” Hawaii Business AI Summit. June 4, 2024. Panel speaker for this inaugural AI Summit with hundreds of participants.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Accelerate Your Career with AI.” Private company, July, 2024

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Biz Tools to Help You and Your Business Thrive.” Hawaii Business Magazine Leadership Conference. July 19, 2024. Workshop speaker for this 11th annual leadership conference.

Guest Speaker. 2024. “Getting Started with AI.” Private company via Zoom, April, 2024

Keynote Speaker. 2024. “AI and the Future of Retail.” Retail Merchants of Hawaii. October, 2024. Keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii.

2023

Colin Baker. 2023. “How Adaptability Can Make or Break Your Career in the Coming Years.” Leaders, January 1, 2023. Article Link.

Noelle Nakaoka. 2023. “Ideation Activated: CASE Co-Curricular Courses for Junior School.” Punahou Bulletin, January 12, 2023. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2023. “PFA Monthly Gathering and Teacher Talk.” Punahou School, January 13, 2023. Guest speaker on behalf of Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou to promote our collaboration with ALOHA Collection.

Terri Coles. 2023. “Is Shopify Right About Slack Hurting Workplace Communications?” WorkSpace Connect, January 25, 2023. Article Link.

Ben Grant. 2023. “Top Skills Employers Want in 2023.” Ramped, April 20, 2023. Article Link.

Punahou School. 2023. “Academy Centers Distinction Opportunities.” Punahou Bulletin, May 26, 2023. Article Link.

Punahou School. 2023. “Case Project Accelerator.” Punahou Bulletin, July 18, 2023. Article Link.

“Top 260+ skills to put on a resume (+ how to identify them).” Job Street, July 26, 2023. Article Link.

Courtney Greene. 2023. “Level up your skills: Unleashing your full potential.” StellarUp Blog, August 3, 2023. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2023. “Getting Started with AI.” Private company via Zoom, August, 2023.

“One-on-one Meeting Software.” Effy.AI, September 20, 2023. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2023. “What it takes to be an Entrepreneur.” Punahou School Chapel, October 3-5, 2023. Guest speaker at middle school chapels to discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how it’s like being a modern-day discoverer.

Guest Lecturer. 2023. “Build Your Bold Future Now.” Punahou School, October 17, 2023. Guest lecturer for class of ~25 students.

“Emerging technology snapshot: Education and training of mental skills.” National Research Council Canada, October, 2023. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2023. “Getting Started with AI.” Private company via Zoom, October, 2023.

Speaker. 2023. “Semi-Annual Luncheon.” Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou & Punahou School, November 14, 2023. Speaker at semi-annual luncheon attended by 70 Punahou alumnae, current parents, and friends of Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou.

Guest Lecturer. 2023. “Envision Your Dream Non-Profit.” Punahou School, November 21, 2023. Guest lecturer for class of ~25 students.

2022

“Salary Guide 2022.” Berkeley Group, January 2022. Article Link.

John Monroe. 2022. “Don’t Hide From Negative Emotions in the Workplace.” GovLoop, April 15, 2022. Article Link.

Speaker. 2022. “Alumni Luau Volunteer Kick-Off.” Punahou School. May 25, 2022. Alumni Luau Chair and Speaker at this event to kick-off ten days of service to put on the first post-pandemic Alumni Luau (first Alumni Luau in three years).

Guest Speaker. 2022. “Hiring for the Future of Work.” Private company via Zoom, June, 2022.

Guest Speaker. 2022. “Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou.” Punahou School Parent Faculty Association New Families Event. July 16, 2022. Guest speaker at new families event to welcome families and introduce them to Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou.

Guest Speaker. 2022. “Leading with Grace and Compassion.” Private company via Zoom, August, 2022.

Kara Wen. 2022. “5 tips to prevent legal burnout on your in-house team.” SimpleLegal, August 11, 2022. Article Link.

Guest Speaker. 2022. “Building a Virtual Talent Bench.” Private company via Zoom, October, 2022.

“200 One-On-One Meeting Questions for Engaging Conversations.” Fellow, December 19, 2022. Article Link.

2021

“What will help compassionate leadership flourish in 2021?” Institute of Leadership, 2021. Article Link.

Toyin Afilaka. 2021. “Business in 2021: Four Areas Professional Freelancers could be Pivotal to your Success.” Terawork Blog, March 5, 2021. Article Link.

Speaker. 2021. “Standing Out and Succeeding as a Woman.” Attending Lounge Webinar via Zoom, March 26, 2021.

Speaker. 2021. “How to Transition to a More Liquid Workforce.” Liquid Webinar via Zoom, September, 2021.

“How to use career mapping to prevent a talent exodus.” Eightfold, August 3, 2021. Article Link.

2020

Lauren Lumpkin. 2020. “Strangers offer housing, meals to students displaced from campuses.” Washington Post, March 16, 2020. Article Link.

Panelist. 2020. “Parent-to-Parent Connection Webinar.” Punahou School Parent Faculty Association New Families and Admissions Webinar via WebEx. June 27, 2020. Panelist at event co-hosted by Punahou Admissions to welcome new families.

Speaker. 2020. “Best Practices for Managing a Liquid Workforce.” Liquid Webinar via Zoom, August, 2020.

Truvelop, 2020, “Mindfulness in the Workplace.” Truvelop Blog, December 10, 2020. Article Link.

2019

Emcee. 2019. “Punahou Athletic Hall of Fame Awards.” Na Wahine Pā’ani O Punahou, O-Men, & Punahou School, March 9, 2019. Event Link. Emceed this 500+ person event as Vice President of Na Wahine Pā’ani o Punahou honoring Hall of Fame inductees, including Kevin Wong ‘90, Lindsey Napela Berg ‘98, Donny Ute ‘95, Debbie Lambert ‘94, Milia MacFarlane ‘01 Alapa and many more. This event, which happens once every 3 years, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics at Punahou.

Moderator. 2019. “Meaningful Conversations.” Punahou School, March 13, 2019. Moderator at this event hosted by Punahou Professional Programs, a continuation of the work with Challenge Success. This event provided an opportunity for 200+ parents to hear from Academy student panels engaging in candid conversations about the pressures adolescents face today.

Suggested Introduction

Meet Yolanda Lau, a trailblazer whose entrepreneurial spirit ignited in middle school. Armed with degrees from Punahou School and MIT in chemical engineering and biology (and an MBA), Yolanda’s journey seamlessly blends academia and entrepreneurship. With a wealth of experience founding successful startups like FlexTeam (and participating in Techstars), she’s pioneering the way forward — equipping knowledge workers, educators, and students for the dynamic landscape of the future workplace.