Please welcome our distinguished speaker!
Constance "Connie" Lau
Constance Lau is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries. She chairs the boards of Hawaiian Electric (the electric utility which serves 95% of the state of Hawaii) and American Savings Bank, Hawaii’s third largest bank.
Connie has won many awards but is especially proud of having been named as one of America’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2004, 2005 and 2006 by U. S. Banker magazine for transforming American Savings Bank from a simple thrift to a full-service community bank. And in 2011, Connie was named Woman of the Year by the Washington, D. C. - based Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment for helping Hawaii reduce its dependence on imported oil. Recently, Connie was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Infrastructure Advisory Council which advises the President on protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure and information systems, and she also represents community banks, thrifts and credit unions on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.
Connie actively supports the community and is a trustee or director of many organizations, including Matson Navigation, Punahou School, the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, the Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. She is married to Russell Lau and they have three children, Jennifer, Gregory and Eric.