TOMODACHI Week Brings Three Programs to the Nation's Capital

March 21, 2016 at 6pm - 9pm



The week of March 21 was a very busy and exciting week for TOMODACHI programs in Washington, DC. Participants of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program,TOMODACHI Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship Program, and the TOMODACH-STEM @ Rice University Program were all visiting the DC area, which provided many opportunities for inter-program discussion and enrichment.

The participants of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program met with leaders from various industries to learn about different perspectives on women in the workforce. In small groups they visited different organizations and companies, where they met with Council Leaders like Margaret Cummisky to learn about their career paths. Regional Vice Chair Edson Mori also met the participants at a lunch featuring USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye. Over the weekend, Council Leader Rima Matsumoto and her husband took part in a couples coffee session, where they shared their insights on how to manage work-life balance in a household where both partners are working full-time. The group of women returned to New York at the beginning of the following week to present policy proposals for the Government of Japan. Click here to see a collection of the participants' and supporters' social media activity!

MetLife program participants ask a panelist about the joys and challenges of working in DC

Two of the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Scholars were in DC and joined some of the events with the MetLife participants. The scholars, who both have an interest in policy and government, toured the U.S. Capitol, met with Irene Hirano Inouye and were hosted by Regional Chair Mark Uyeda and Vice Chair Edson Mori for a home hospitality dinner.

The Sumitomo Scholars met U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (second from left) while touring the Pentagon

After spending four weeks conducting research internships at Rice University laboratories, ten Japanese science & engineering undergraduates participating in the TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University Program were in DC for a one-week Science & Technology Policy Study Tour. The students met with individuals from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the George Washington University Center for International Science & Technology Policy, and the National Science Foundation. Howard University also hosted them for a day-long visit. The highlight of the week was a joint one-day program hosted by the TOMODACHI MetLife Women's Leadership Program, which also welcomed the TOMODACHI Sumitomo Scholars. The students returned to Japan on March 26, and are looking forward to sharing with their peers what they learned about science and engineering research.

The STEM program participants at the Einstein Memorial on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences

Please be on the look out for the April issue of the TOMODACHI newsletter for more information about these programs! 

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