On February 17, 2017, the National Museum of American History opened an exhibit to mark 75 years since Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. On display are artifacts, photographs and stories collected from Japanese American families.
For more information on the exhibit please visit the official website.
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.
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.
Group Vice President & CFO, Toyota Motor North America
Ms. Doi is group vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Toyota Motor North America, the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States. She is responsible for corporate finance, tax, customs, treasury, accounting, procurement and corporate services, and serves on the company’s audit, risk and benefit committees. She joined Toyota in 2000 as vice president after holding financial executive positions with AT&T Wireless, L.A. Cellular Telephone Company, and L.A. Gear, Inc. Ms. Doi has been recognized as one of the top 100 Asian Professionals in North America by the National Association of Asian American Professionals, one of the 100 leading women in the automotive industry by Automotive news and one of the top women in business by Diversity Executive, Inc. She serves on the board of directors for the Japanese American National Museum, the Japan America Society and Emmaus Life Sciences, and was a delegate of the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. Ms. Doi earned her B.A. in business economics at the University of California, Los Angeles and her CPA designation while at Arthur Andersen & Co.
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.
Presented by Mineta Legacy Project, the Japan Foundation CGP and the U.S.-Japan Council, the documentary film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, chronicles the life and career of Secretary Norman Mineta (Member of the USJC Board of Councilors), an Asian American pioneer who rose to the highest levels of public service.
Join us for the Japan premiere of An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy and panel featuring Secretary Norman Mineta and filmmakers and Council Leaders Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi. There will be a light reception following the panel. Registration information will be provided shortly.