Conversations with Fathers (AM)

This breakout session will involve businessmen fathers sharing their personal stories and comments as working parents. 1) What fatherly advice do I have for my daughter to succeed in the business world? 2) How do I balance my work and family obligations? 3) What role can fathers play in creating a better future for Japan?

Fumitaka Tamai, Internal Audit Team Manager, Prudential Life Insurance Japan
Leanne Cutts, President and Representative Director, Mondelez International Japan
Minoru Hachisu, Supply Manager, Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Ltd.
Peter Jennings, President, Dow Chemical Japan
Sachin Shah, Chairman, President and CEO, MetLife Alico Life Insurance KK

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) (AM)

This session will showcase the careers of women in STEM where speakers will provide an insiders’ perspective of the skills needed to advance in the STEM professions, and how women in particular can make a difference.

Dr. Marcy Wilder, Senior Research Scientist, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
Naoko Yamazaki, Astronaut
Rebecca K. Green, Senior Consultant, ERM Japan
Sayaka Ito, Account Manager, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Leveraging Diversity & Inclusion for Business Transformation and Career Growth (AM)

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is a key business strategy to help drive corporate profitability and career growth for individuals. The session goal is to share solutions, best practices and challenges on how diversity and inclusion positively impacts both business results and career development. Participants will hear from four global leaders, speaking from diverse perspectives, and gain practical “how-to” steps for leveraging Diversity & Inclusion as a competitive advantage for your company as well as for the individual’s personal growth.

Akane Kozuru, Customer Service Manager, Cisco Systems G.K.
Georges Desvaux, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc. Japan
Gerald Lema, Chairman and President, Baxter Limited President, Baxter-Gambro Renal
Janelle Sasaki, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Gender Gap
Koichi Umemori, Vice President, Human Resources, The Bank of New York Mellon, Tokyo Branch


The 2014 USJC-ACCJ Women in Business Summit will be held on Tuesday, May 27th at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Please see below for the basic schedule.
9:00-10:30 am
Opening Session and Keynote Speeches
10:45am-12:15 pm
Breakout Session A
12:30-2:00 pm
Harmony Residence Lunch
2:00-2:30 pm
Networking Session 1
2:30-4:00 pm
MetLife Alico P-P-E Partnership Session
4:00-4:30 pm
Networking Session 2
4:30-6:00 pm
Breakout Session B
6:15-6:30 pm
Closing Remarks
6:30-8:30 pm
Aflac Cocktail Reception


Jay Ponazecki

Jay Ponazecki is a partner at Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo…

Irene Hirano Inouye

Irene Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council. She…

Kathy Matsui

Keynote Speaker: Opening Session Ms. Matsui  serves as a member of…

Deborah Gillis

Keynote Speaker: Harmony Residence Lunch Deborah Gillis is President & Chief…

Masako Mori (TBD)

Keynote Speaker: MetLife PPE Partnership Session [Career] Masako Mori Minister in…