Building Strong People

By Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura and Cindy Sakai
Co-owners and co-founders of TH!NK

We’ve been running our business for nearly 15 years in Hawaii, helping Island companies truly understand the people side of business in order to build supportive environments where people love coming to work.


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Cindy Sakai (pictured) and Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura specialize in business training and development solutions | Photos courtesy TH!NK

We specialize in business training and development solutions, designing and executing workplace strategies to create a trustful and inspiring team culture that fully maximizes employee talents and strengths.

TH!NK has collaborated with more than 300 Hawaii businesses, customizing innovative leadership and training programs. Some of our focus areas are strategic planning, executive coaching in leadership, executive coaching in public speaking, management, team-building, communication, emotional intelligence, team alignment and the DiSC behavioral styles.

Many local companies have embraced our popular Growing Leaders 2.0 Series, which gives companies kokua to foster more productive work environments, and to

help positively impact their bottom line results through building higher trust among teams and developing meaningful one-to-one working relationships.

Our passion for people, education and classroom success has kept us heavily involved in Hawaii’s academic community. Every semester for the past seven years, TH!NK has volunteered with the UH Shidler College of Business to mentor students pursuing master’s degrees.

The goal is to give back to the community in a way that provides students with real-world tools that they can use immediately and in their new careers upon graduation.

Community service is integral to TH!NK’s core, and we are proud to participate in a number of organizations, including Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Diverse ART, Nuuanu YMCA and UH Shidler College of Business’s MHRM Advisory Board.

For more information about TH!NK, visit, or call 224-6694 or 936-4992.