Donna Ching


Donna Ching


Donna Ching, Ph.D., has been an Extension Specialist with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai‘i since 1986. As the dedicated coordinator of the Agricultural Leadership Program, she developed and ran the program for eleven classes. During that time, she visited hundreds of Hawaii's ag operations and is well networked and informed about many aspects of the agricultural sector. Her commitment to agriculture and her enthusiasm are infectious and keys to her success in training Hawaii's Ag Leaders. Donna works as a specialist and consultant with a variety of nonprofit, for-profit, and community organizations to provide workshops in the areas of group process, leadership, facilitation, and strategic planning. She has also facilitated over 200 of these organizations in strategic planning and many more in collaborative decision-making. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award that honors faculty members for significant contributions that strengthen ties between the University of Hawaii and the community. The award recognized her contribution, “as one of Hawai‘i’s premier advocates and practitioners of processes designed to make groups more effective in their planning and other deliberations." She believes passionately in the concept of collaborative leadership–that all people can lead if given the skills and appropriate opportunities to use them.


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

What draws you to the STIA conference?

I've been to the last 12 or so Systems Conferences. I like to hear the cutting edge presentations by professionals who are leaders in their fields.

What are you hoping to experience?

I would like to pick up two or three new tools, skills, or techniques that I can immediately apply to my practice when I return home.

What are you most passionate about?

I'm passionate about creating a safe space in groups where all voices can be heard and integrated into the final product.

What’s your bigger vision?

My bigger vision is to develop a practice that engages my soul, but does not take over my life.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

I would like to be stimulated every day with new ideas that I can consider adding to my toolbox.