National Association of Professional Women Inducts Marianne Ambrose, CEO, Marianne of Waikiki LLC & DaKind Signing Puppets, Into VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Marianne L. Ambrose is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I use puppetry and American Sign Language to entertain hearing impaired and autistic audiences, and the deaf community...

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Marianne L. Ambrose as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Marianne into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Marianne Ambrose, CEO of Marianne of Waikiki LLC and DaKind Signing Puppets is a creative sign- language entertainer, artist and author. “I use puppetry and American Sign Language to entertain hearing impaired and autistic audiences, and the deaf community at senior centers and military bases,” she said. Ms. Ambrose, who suffered hearing loss as a result of a car accident (she has recovered), created DaKind Signing Puppets and wrote a series of children’s sign language books that uses more than 200 Folkmanis puppets. Her vision is to “give children and adults compassionate, entertaining, educated information about American Sign Language. I spread global awareness through a puppet peacock named ‘SHARE.’”

“My series of Acts of Kindness books written into animation movies and no one has done it with sign language characters (J.K. Rowling-style) for multi-generations,” Ms. Ambrose explained. In addition to her books, which include "Underwater Acts of Kindness" and the soon-to-be published "Rabbit Acts of Kindness No Bully Brah", she has designed a ‘Buy Local’ (Hawaii) baby sign clothing line featuring the “DaKind Signing Puppets” characters onto bikinis, board shorts, high tops, flip flops, bedding, diapers and more.

“DaKind Signing Puppets, whose tagline is ‘So, Go Out & Play’ are on a book-signing sailing tour 2017. They will cosmetically uplift all school classrooms (hearing and deaf) and will teach finger spelling and basic sign,” Ms. Ambrose said. “Students can take a high school class and get a class credit and go to a community college to work on ASL classes and become a certified sign language interpreter. They also would like to teach Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation fingerspelling and signs.” The books are available at Walmart and Amazon and the apparel is available on, Design4U and The Sea Creatures ‘Glow in the Dark Birthday Party theme’ can be found on

Ms. Ambrose, who would like to partner with Goldie Hawn’s Mind Up Program for children, has many plans for the future, including writing and publishing additional books, expanding her brand through speaking engagements and appearances on television and movies, and continuing to share her vision with classroom teachers and students. “The Hawaii Department of Education is listing my book for SEL Social Emotional Learning Curriculum (Maui/Oahu),” she said. “We will be invited to speak to the DOE with Lucie Lynch & The Perfect Wave.”

Awards & Accomplishments:
B.S., Central Michigan University, Communications Disorders and Audiology; Interpreters’ Training Program, Lansing Community College; Reiki Master; Angel Intuitive; Metaphysican; Practitioner of Divine Light Transmission; Hawaii Department of Education Award; endorsed by Animal Planet television show TANKED

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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