Hastings And Pleadwell

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - July 12, 2006
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Hastings And Pleadwell
Hastings And Pleadwell

Barbara Hastings and Barbra Pleadwell are celebrating their 10th year in the communications business together by doing 10 good deeds.

“It’s part of our mission statement that we foster good corporate citizenship for ourselves and our clients,” explains Barbara Hastings about their firm. “It’s especially important in an island community.”

Hastings and Pleadwell’s first three good deeds include sponsoring Hawaii Public Radio’s Town Square program hosted by Bethann Kozlovich for one year, conducting a Brand for the Business Woman seminar at the Hawaii Women’s Business Center, and they will offer a workshop about membership recruitment and retention to community service agencies on the Big Island. Hastings says they chose causes that are important to them. Their company’s entire staff of seven came up with ideas, which include doing something meaningful for their neighborhood in Chinatown, and on the Big Island, where they have an office in Hilo. Other causes they are looking into include helping disadvantaged women, supporting adoption, assisting with environmental issues and offering a hand to mentally ill populations.

Pleadwell, originally from Guam, came to Hawaii in 1988 and was in Hastings’class at Chaminade University. Later, they each owned their own communications companies: House of Hastings and Pleadwell Ink. Hastings says they joined together so they could garner larger contracts.

Their company philosophy allows their employees flexible schedules to do volunteer work in the community.

“We encourage our associates to be knowledgeable about the community, and the best way to do that is to volunteer and learn,” says Pleadwell. For example, a project for which one associate volunteered included bringing Jay Leno’s wife, Mavis, to Hawaii to talk about empowering Afghan women, and the entire Hastings and Pleadwell staff supported their co-worker by attending the event.

Both Hastings and Pleadwell have volunteered to help Peggy Chun with outreach for her fundraisers, and as caretakers with Peg’s Legs. Hastings, a Pennsylvania native who moved to Hawaii in 1976 and for years was a reporter at the Honolulu Advertiser, is on several different boards of directors, and enjoys remodeling homes in her free time. Pleadwell has volunteered with the Junior League of Honolulu since 2000, and likes yoga and scrap-booking in her spare time.

“We hope this sets an example on how businesses can creatively contribute to the community,” explains Pleadwell. “If we’ve inspired at least one company to give back, then that’s good for business and good for the community.”

- Linda Dela Cruz

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