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While we see progress in women’s advancement at Japanese corporations, many leaders in management still do not understand the real business case for promoting diversity. Although top management and HR communicate the need for diversity, their objectives are not always shared among managers in business units. As a result, numerical targets to increase women in management are poorly understood, and women continue to have limited access to hot jobs and the experiences required to get promoted to management levels.

What can be done to fully leverage diversity as part of the business strategy? What needs to be done to create an inclusive work environment, whereby distinct characteristics of each employee, including gender, are respected? Join us at this event for an inspiring keynote speaker as well as panelists who will discuss the real meaning of diversity, the current state and challenges of diversity and inclusion initiatives in Japan, and best practices that participants can use as models. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A session with the panelists, as well as a networking reception afterward. We look forward to seeing you there.

This event is intended for top management, male leaders who have women in their teams, women in management positions, D&I practitioners, as well as employees of Catalyst supporter organizations and of Showa Women’s University Diversity Promotion Organization, and potential supporter companies who are interested in practical solutions to combat challenges to accelerate diversity in the organization.

Keynote Speaker

  • Mariko Bando, President, Showa Women’s University Diversity Promotion Organization


  • Tomoki Otani, Managing Executive Officer, Responsible for Human Resources Strategy

  • Shigeki Yamashita, Head, Talent Development & Organizational Capability, Japan, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

  • Megumi Tsukamoto, Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, Caterpillar

  • Tsukiko Tsukahara, Vice President, Catalyst Japan


  • Keiko Nakamura, Consultant, Catalyst Japan


1:30 p.m.
Registration opens

2:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks and Introduction to Catalyst

2:10 p.m.
Keynote Lecture

2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion

3:30 p.m.
Q&A Session

4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

4:05 p.m.
Networking Reception

Please note: This event will be conducted in Japanese only. There will be no interpretation provided. 

Questions? Please contact Tsukiko Tsukahara or Keiko Nakamura at [email protected].

1 Reader Comment

Alyssa N. says:
6/5/2017 05:00:00

You should consider providing translation.

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