THE JAPAN SOCIETY OF BOSTON's ANNUAL GALA
is coming back on June 16th, 2022!
Individual registration will open on 5/23/22
The Gardens at the Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA
Megan Gates and William Whelan | Board Member, The Japan Society of Boston
William Hunt and Yuko Kageyama Hunt | Chairman of the Board, The Japan Society of Boston
Katherine Collins and Shigeatsu Hatakeyama
Each year, the Annual Gala Dinner of The Japan Society of Boston celebrates global citizens whose life's work has helped to build peace and friendship between US, Japan, and the world. The Dinner also provides an opportunity to support the diverse activities of the Japan Society of Boston, a catalyst for cultural, educational, and business ties between our nations.
The Annual Gala Dinner features fine cuisine, world-class music, and a silent auction with specialty items donated to support our mission.
Katherine Collins is Head of Sustainable Investing at Putnam Investments and Portfolio Manager for Putnam's Sustainable Leaders and Sustainable Future portfolios. She is also Founder of Honeybee Capital, the precursor to Honeybee Capital Foundation.
After many years serving as head of research and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying biomimicry and the natural world as guides for investing in an integrated, regenerative way, beneficial to our communities and our planet. Katherine is the author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry.
A recognized thought leader, Katherine was named to Forbes 2021 list of leaders “50 Over 50” who are shaping the future of finance. Katherine is a graduate of Wellesley College and majored in Japanese Studies, which included time studying at Nanzan University in Nagoya. She serves on nonprofit boards of the Santa Fe Institute, Omega Institute, Harvard Divinity School Dean's Council, and Wellesley Centers for Women, and is a devoted amateur beekeeper.
Shigeatsu Hatakeyama (畠山重篤) is the Chairman of the Mori wa Umi no Koibito (The Forest is longing for the Sea, the Sea is longing for the Forest). As he took over his family's oyster farming business, he realized that it was essential to protect the forests in the upstream areas and the rivers flowing into the ocean in order to conserve the marine environment. He is known as "Grandpa Oyster" after spending more than 30 years developing the forest environment that keeps the Okawa River in Kesennuma Clean and his oysters healthy.
He is professor of Field Studies and Practical Learning at the Field Science Education and Research Center of Kyoto University.
He is a recipient of the Asahi Forestry Culture Award (1994), Prime Minister's Award for Afforestation Promotion (2003), the Kenji Miyazawa Ihatov Award (2004), and was chosen by the United Nations Forum on Forests as one of this year's Forest Heroes Award winners.
Megan Gates is Chair of the Corporate Practice Group at the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., based in Boston. She represents publicly traded and late-stage private companies, primarily in the life sciences industry, on capital raising, SEC reporting and corporate governance obligations, and merger and acquisition transactions. She has been a Director of the Japan Society of Boston since 2019, and lived in Tokyo for ten years as a child, graduating from the American School in Japan in 1987.
Bill Whelan is Co-chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group at the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., based in Boston. Bill represents biotechnology, medical technology, healthcare IT, and other types of technology companies in venture capital financings, commercial contracts and alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Boston Ballet and is an avid traveler with a particular passion for Asia (including Japan) and France.
Bill Hunt is a former financial services executive turned private investor and entrepreneur. He is President and Founder or TRN Capital, LLC in Boston, MA,and has served as Chair of the Japan Society of Boston board for the last ten years.
Yuko Kageyama-Hunt has been teaching in Harvard's Japanese Language Program (JLP) since 2001. Specializing in linguistics and pedagogy, she has taught at Cornell University, Middlebury College, University of Hawaii, Beloit College, and Showa Women’s University. She also served as Officer of Japanese Language Training at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. She has published extensively on Japanese Pedagogy.
Chairman's Circle* : $50,000+
President's Circle* : $25,000+
Executive Circle : $15,000+
Corporate Sustaining : $10,000+
*Custom programs and other benefits to be designed by the sponsor are available for President’s and Chairman’s Circle members upon request.
U.S. - Japan Green Movement Leaders List
Join the list of U.S. - Japan Green Movement Leaders list for a donation of $1000. This list will be published in the Gala program book and rolled on the overhead screen throughout the night. Gain recognition for your corporation's green initiative.
PROGRAM BOOK ADVERTISING ONLY
Full Page Ad -- $5,000
1/2 Page Ad -- $3,000
1/4 Page Ad -- $1,500