Women in Leadership: Breaking Glass Ceilings

September 07, 2017 at 2pm - 3:30pm
Japan Information and Cultural Center

This event will highlight the accomplishments and challenges of women in leadership.  The esteemed panelists will discuss personal challenges they face in professions traditionally dominated by men; their experiences in global settings and lessons learned; entrepreneurship, innovation and technology; and how employment trends for the next generation of leaders can ensure an equitable playing field for women.

This event is part of the Regional Women in Leadership series

Admission is free, but registration is required here

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Ms. Hiroko Inaoka is Counselor to the Executive Director for Croatia, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom (IDB) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the IDB, Ms. Inaoka was Deputy Director at the Office of Development Finance in the International Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Finance, where she was responsible for Japanese bilateral financial cooperation including Yen loans to developing countries. At the Japanese Ministry of Finance, she was in charge of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). She was also Economist of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in the International Monetary Fund. During her service to the Japanese Ministry of Finance, she devoted herself to work in rural part of Bangladesh for 2 years joining the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV). She has a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo Japan.

Ms. Marcia Ogawa Matsubayashi is Senior Partner and Leader of Telecom, Technology and Media Industry at Deloitte Brazil. She has more than 30 years of consulting experience in Strategy and Technology. She advises large corporations on the impact of new technologies and regulatory changes to their business strategies. She specializes in the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and regulatory themes of emerging technologies, and is a key advisor to the Brazilian Government and regulatory agencies. Marcia also leads the Digital Transformation Practice at Deloitte Brazil, and is responsible for creating innovative solutions and promoting transformation through IoT, Analytics and Big Data. She also supports the Japanese Services Group at Deloitte Brazil, helping Japanese companies succeed in the country. She supports the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Brazil to enhance Japan's relationship with Brazilian Government entities, especially in the technology sector. She is a visiting professor at the Engineering School of Sao Paulo University. She takes part in the Innovation board and the Women's Development Program at Deloitte Brazil. She holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the Engineering School of Sao Paulo University and an MBA at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe is the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence for the U.S. Navy. VADM Tighe was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Plantation, Florida. VADM Tighe is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a cryptologist. She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in 2001 with a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. As a flag officer, VADM Tighe served as Commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command; Commander of U.S. 10th Fleet; U.S. Cyber Command Deputy J3; Director of Decision Superiority in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2N6); Interim President of the Naval Postgraduate School; and Deputy Commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. In July 2016, she assumed her current position. VADM Tighe wears both the Information Warfare pin and Naval Aviation Observer wings, earned while deployed as an Airborne Special Evaluator aboard VQ-1 EP-3E aircraft in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Moderator and Presenter: 

Rear Admiral (retired) David Boone (moderator) is USJC DC Regional Vice Chair and President of APTIM Federal Services. He joined the CB&I team in December 2013 following a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. RADM Boone retired as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Rear Admiral in 2013. Mr. Boone was raised in Yokohama, Japan, and graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Civil Engineering and received Master’s degrees in Coastal Engineering and Construction Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Florida. He also received the Nippon Gen Gokkai Award from the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan.

Edson Mori (presenter) is USJC DC Regional Chair and Executive Secretary Sanctions Committee at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to this position, Mr. Mori was appointed as Internal Member of the Sanctions Committee, served as Team Task Leader of several structured and corporate finance transactions in the manufacturing and financial institutions sectors in the Latin America region and was Senior Management Advisor in the IDB’s Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations Department. Mr. Mori was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, attended the doctoral program in finance at Keio University in Japan as a Mombusho scholar, graduated with an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles, and received degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Engineering School of São Paulo University and Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. He received a scholarship from Saga prefecture (Kenpikenshuin) for a training program at Saga Prefecture Research Institute.