U.S. and Japan Leaders Gather in Dallas to Discuss Women’s Leadership

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) is proud to announce the event “Building a Leadership Network for Women and Men,” to be held at the Dallas City Hall (Flag Room 6EN) on Friday, October 5. Organized in collaboration with the City of Dallas, and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), this event brings together prominent Japanese and American speakers to highlight the accomplishments and challenges of women and men in leadership.

Special speakers include Ms. Donna F. Cole (President/CEO, Cole Chemical and USJC Board Member); Mr. Hideo Fukushima (Consul General of Japan in Houston); Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye (President, U.S.-Japan Council); Ms. Jennifer Staubach Gates (City Council Member of Dallas); and Mr. John Stich (Honorary Consul General of Japan in Dallas).

The event also includes a panel of executives, featuring Ms. Kay Iwata (Founder & President, K. Iwata Associates Inc.) as moderator; and Ms. Tracey Doi (Chief Financial Officer, Group Vice President, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.); Mr. Larry Hughes (Vice President of Training and Diversity, 7-Eleven, Inc.); and Ms. Kyoko Vivas (Director, Passenger Sales, Southern Region, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.) as panelists. They will discuss personal successes and challenges, as well as the characteristics and behaviors that distinguish individuals as future leaders. Ms. Iwata and Ms. Neena Newberry (President, Newberry Executive Solutions) will also conduct career and skill-building exercises that illustrate how to connect with and influence others, as well as how to build a personal brand and communicate effectively. For more information, please see the print program here.

This event is part of the Regional Women in Leadership (RWL) series, which is generously supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. USJC members and supporters organize and attend panels, events and luncheons in their respective regions to network and discuss topics focused on women’s leadership. RWL expands the network of American and Japanese leaders engaged in women’s empowerment and U.S.-Japan relations. It also introduces Japan’s economic, political or societal issues to diverse regions of the United States. Through the end of 2017, RWL events were held in 20 cities, engaging close to 900 participants.

About the U.S.-Japan Council

The U.S.-Japan Council is a Japanese American-led organization fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. By promoting people-to-people relationships through its innovative programs in networking and leadership, the Council serves as a catalyst to inspire and engage Japanese and Americans of all generations. The Council was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff in California and Tokyo. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative, and in 2013, it became a Public Interest Corporation (Koeki Zaidan Hojin). The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan.