Summer Member Event in Tokyo Provides Guidance to Young Professionals

July 07, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm

The organizers and speakers of the event: (L-R) Mr. Hasumi, Ms. Yuko Kawahara, Ms. Sasaki, Ms. Tokuyama, Mr. Russell Kawahara

On July 7, USJC held its Regional Summer Member Event at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, welcoming over 30 current and prospective members. The event welcomed Council Leader Eriko Talley, Head of HR, APAC at Facebook, as the featured speaker.

The event began with several Japan-based members discussing their involvement in USJC. Mr. Russell Kawahara, USJC’s Japan Regional Chair, introduced ongoing and future activities, including TOMODACHI programs and this year's Annual Conference in Silicon Valley. Mr. Paul Yonamine, Chair of the Board of Councilors, followed with brief remarks about his work with USJC. Associate Ms. Evelyn Tokuyama spoke about her experience as a participant in the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program.

Ms. Tally's speech was moderated by Council Leader Janelle Sasaki (Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion Services, Ernst & Young Advisory Japan) and Associate Yuta Hasumi (Head of Diversity & Inclusion, AIG Business Partners KK). Ms. Talley discussed her career and provided advice for the next generation of leaders. Her speech was in response to the requests of young members, who wished to hear from USJC leaders about their professional journeys. 

Ms. Talley (center) discusses her career thus far

Ms. Talley has traveled to many places, including the United States and Japan, as an expert in human resources. She was previously in Silicon Valley, and after moving to Tokyo, worked for Amazon Japan as Head of HR for eight years. She then joined Facebook. In her speech, she encouraged the audience to take risks fearlessly, make mistakes and learn from their failure. She also encouraged participants to "own your career and make the most of all opportunities."

A member of the audience asks a question

The event concluded with a lively networking session and closing remarks from Mr. Stan Koyanagi, USJC's Japan Regional Vice-Chair. Mr. Koyanagi shared his experience of how he and other USJC leaders witnessed Senator Daniel Inouye's leadership during the Great East Japan Earthquake relief efforts. 

The Council is grateful for all the attendees and members who contributed to the success of this event!

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