This event will highlight the accomplishments and challenges of women in leadership. The panel will discuss personal successes and challenges, and how building a leadership network for women and men can help one’s career. The event also features two experienced executive coaches and trainers who will conduct career and skill-building exercises that assist with upward mobility. Click here to register. Click here to see the print program, which includes the schedule and full list of speakers.
Founder & CEO, Cole Chemical & Distributing
Host & Mistress of Ceremony
Ms. Cole founded Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. in 1980. Top customers include: Bayer Material Scientific, BP, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble and Toyota. ICIS magazine ranks Cole Chemical 134th among the top chemical distributors in the world. In 2009, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce inducted Ms. Cole into its Hall of Fame as a Junior Achievement Laureate. In 2010, she was listed as one of the Most Influential Women in Houston by Houston Woman Magazine. In 2012, she won American Leadership Forum’s Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award. She is a longtime advocate for business, the chemical industry, women and minorities in business. She serves on the boards of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, The Women’s Home and St. Thomas University. Ms. Cole served on President George H. Bush's Export Council from 1991 to 1993. Ms. Cole attended Pan American University and The Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Business Executive Program, and graduated from the Manpower Business Training Institute of Technology. She was also an Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow in 1996, a Japanese American Leadership Delegate in 2006, and an Asian Leadership Delegate to Israel.
Founder & President, K. Iwata Associates Inc.
Executive Coach & Trainer
Ms. Iwata is a nationally recognized and respected diversity consultant with over twenty years of experience in management development and training, marketing, finance and education. She has worked extensively with a wide diversity of organizations to mobilize their commitment and support for diversity into concrete, measurable actions. The Strategic Diversity (5-S) Process model has been widely and successfully used. Ms. Iwata's highly acclaimed Diversity Concepts and Competencies educational programming has been utilized in major corporations across the United States and abroad. An often-requested speaker, Ms. Iwata has keynoted and moderated several discussions on diversity issues. She has presented to numerous professional organizations, including the American Management Association, the National Diversity Conference, The Center for Creative Leadership and the Hartford Graduate Center. Ms. Iwata holds a degree in sociology and history as well as an administrative and teaching credential from San Francisco State University.
Chief Financial Officer
GVP, Toyota Motor North America
Ms. Doi serves as Chief Financial Officer and Group Vice President for Toyota Motor North America and is responsible for finance, accounting, vehicle cost, tax, treasury and shared services. Toyota (NYSE:TM) is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through the Toyota and Lexus brands. Toyota Motor North America has created a tremendous value chain with 46,000 team members, 2.7 million vehicle sales and 2.1 million vehicles produced annually in 14 manufacturing plants.
Ms. Doi is an executive member of the North American Management Committee that sets strategy, midterm business plans and drives opportunities to increase competitiveness. She serves on the Audit, Benefit and Divisional Executive committees. Recently, Ms. Doi transitioned Toyota’s accounting and finance operations from three locations to Toyota’s new state-of-the-art North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. Ms. Doi is an independent board director for City National Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank
of Canada. She chairs the Audit committee and is a member of the Risk committee. Previously Ms. Doi served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Advisory Committee. Ms. Doi is an active board member of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce, Japanese American National Museum, US-Japan Council, 2020 Women on Boards, and volunteers for the Orchid Giving Circle at the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Ms. Doi was honored three times by Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Women in the automotive industry.
Vice President of Training and Diversity
Mr. Hughes is the Vice President of Training and Diversity at 7-Eleven, Inc. He oversees the design and delivery of all training activity and materials for all associates and 7-Eleven Franchisees at one of the world’s largest franchise organizations. Additionally, he is responsible for organizational leadership development and diversity initiatives. Previously, he served 7-Eleven as Vice President, Franchise Systems, responsible for development of franchise policies, franchise marketing and sales, and franchisee engagement platforms. He has also served 7-Eleven as a Division Vice President (DVP) and Zone Leader in the Pacific Northwest. As DVP, Mr. Hughes was responsible for the performance of nearly 900 convenience stores extending along the West Coast from the Canadian border to Bakersfield, California.
Mr. Hughes holds an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University and a MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as a Field Artillery Officer in both active duty and reserve components. His military leadership experiences include two separate company-level command assignments.
President, Newberry Executive Solutions
Adjunct Faculty, SMU Cox Executive Education
A twelve-time award-winning speaker, author, and executive coach, Ms. Newberry launched Newberry Executive Solutions in 2008 to focus on her passion for developing strong leaders, especially women. Ms. Newberry is grounded in years of practical experience working with Fortune 500 companies to develop business strategies, improve business operations and develop strong leaders. She worked at Deloitte for 14 years as a management consultant and as a member of Deloitte’s US HR Executive Committee.
When she left in 2008, she had no idea that the economy would tank just three months later, teaching her invaluable lessons that would benefit her clients.
A recognized expert in her field, Ms. Newberry has appeared over 50 times on CBS, ABC, and Fox News, and in Fortune Magazine. She has been teaching in Executive Education at SMU and in two global leadership programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. For more information and access to leadership tools and resources, visit www.newberrysolutions.com.
Director, Passenger Sales - Southern Region, Japan Airlines
Ms. Vivas is Director, Passenger Sales - Southern Region, for Japan Airlines. She currently oversees six southern states in corporate, business and leisure channels. She previously held the position of Regional Director, Global and Strategic Sales, South Central Region. Experienced in marketing and data analysis, Ms. Vivas is skilled in setting effective strategies, negotiations and new business development. Her exemplary customer service approach has resulted in the retention of existing customers. Ms. Vivas's knowledge of airline operations, along with her continuous efforts to provide quality service to customers often result in obtaining the “best deals” for clients. Ms. Vivas currently serves on the board of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Forth Worth and the Commerce division of the Dallas Japanese Association. Ms. Vivas is always open to new challenges and enjoys out-of-the-box thinking. She is creative and always has a positive outlook.
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