The 2017 Emerging Leaders at the 2017 Annual Conference in Washington, DC
The U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) identifies, cultivates, and empowers a new generation of Japanese American leaders. Emerging Leaders participate in leadership education, design and implement original USJC programming, and develop powerful, lifelong personal and professional friendships. A new cohort of leaders aged 24-35 is selected annually to attend the Annual Conference, become USJC Associates, and join program alumni in bridging the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship.
USJC is proud to announce the members of the 2018 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program. In its ninth year, the program will bring 12 Japanese American young professionals to Tokyo for the 2018 USJC Annual Conference. The Emerging Leaders will participate in a leadership orientation program, network with high level leaders, attend all conference events and participate in the Annual Members Meeting.
Please join us in welcoming:
Past ELP participants have created a vibrant alumni network deeply engaged with the work of the Council.
The U.S.-Japan Council's TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program is supported by the generous sponsorship of companies, foundations and individuals. If you would like to make a donation to the program, please contact Allison Murata at email@example.com or 310-500-2873.
We also thank the many generous donors who have contributed to USJC’s U40 Summit and other ELP alumni activities.
Photos from prior classes are available here:
“The Emerging Leaders Program was an unforgettable experience. Not only did it give me a chance to meet leaders in the field of U.S.-Japan relations, it reaffirmed in me the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship and my commitment to it. Most precious to me, however, were the friendships I built.”
- Rylan Sekiguchi, ELP 2017
“The Annual Conference was hands down the most inspiring conference I have ever attended…the Emerging Leaders Program and the Annual Conference were overwhelmingly impactful. That experience has already started reshaping the course of my future and expanding my ability to contribute more effectively to promoting U.S.-Japan relations.”
- Andrea Sugano, ELP 2016
“The U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program was unbelievable and far exceeded my expectations. I left Tokyo with a strong sense of responsibility and possibility. As an individual it seems daunting, but together with all of ELP and USJC, I know it can happen. The idea that we can ‘change the world,’ I think is a real possibility and this definitely is just the beginning.”
- Lianna Kushi, ELP 2015