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Brown Bag / Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative

  • 08 May 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Lighthouse East, 50 Milk St. 20F, Boston, MA 02109


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Big Ideas for Japan 

from emerging Women leaders

With the 2018 JWLI Fellows

Lighthouse East, 50 Milk St. 20F,
Boston, MA 02109

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 12 - 1PM

Join us for a lunchtime discussion about the ambitious projects helmed in Japan by six emerging women leaders. Meet the 2018 Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Fellows! This year's Fellows will introduce their projects and answer questions about their personal experiences developing as leaders in Japan today.

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative is a two-year executive leadership development program that invests in emerging women leaders from across Japan and transforms them to be action-oriented leaders. Through a four-week training in Boston, Fellows will acquire the confidence to lead, skills to manage, and create Action Plans to make social change. Upon returning to Japan, they work towards achieving their vision.

This years Fellows are:

Noriko Akiyama
Senior Political Writer

Noriko works as the first female Senior Political Writer at one of the most prominent Japanese newspaper companies. Among five columnists at the company, Noriko receives the most positive supports from the readers. As a journalist, Noriko focuses on shedding light on the opinions of women and the younger generations, whose voices often tend to be unheard in the male-dominated Japanese society.

Tomoko Haneda
Board Member, World Robot Olympiad (WRO)

Tomoko serves as a board member of World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Japan, a nonprofit organization where children develop their skills together through an international robotics competition. Tomoko is eager to redefine the essential activities of the organization, maximize its assets and values, and make it more well-structured to expand WRO Japan’s programs and serve more children.

Masumi Kosugi
Chief Coordinator, Kids’ Door

Masumi is a Chief Coordinator of Educational Support Department at Kids’ Door, an organization that is dedicated to support underserved children in Japan. In October 2016, Masumi founded a free alternative school for high school students in central Tokyo, where she and her colleagues supported young people in poverty by providing free tutoring sessions, textbooks, and nutritious meals.

Haruka Maruno
Program Manager, Salesforce.org

Haruka works as a Program Manager at Salesforce.org located in Tokyo. Currently she organizes volunteer programs for the Salesforce employees in Japan and manages grants primarily for education and youth workforce projects.

Mai Takeuchi
Marketing Coordinator, Persol Career

Mai works as a Marketing Coordinator at Persol Career. She supported mid-career recruitment for over 100 companies and NPOs
, and launched the biggest event for NPOs to hire new employees in Japan.

Maco Yoshioka
Founder and CEO, MadreBonita

Maco started MadreBonita, a postpartum fitness program, in 1998. She developed the program combining her experience of childbirth and her expertise in sports science.  Maco aims to form a social infrastructure of postpartum care in Japan to make it more accessible to every family.

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