October 20, 2017: Business Drivers for an Inclusive Corporate Culture
Hosted by Mizuho Financial Group, at this event participants heard about the latest Catalyst research on inclusive leadership and learned about key leadership attributes that are most relevant to Japan. We were honored to have Koji Fujiwara, President & CEO, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as the plenary speaker, who presented how a major Japanese financial institution is addressing the topic of inclusion.
October 17, 2017: ACCJ WIB Summit
Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the ACCJ WIB summit featured our own Emily Wakeling, who presented an afternoon panel: "Inclusive Leadership: Getting more from diversity." Around 180 people attended this panel, where Emily and Tsukiko Tsukahara introduced Catalyst’s most recent Japan-specific research on leadership, including key leadership attributes, and lead a discussion among panel members on how companies can “break the mold” by developing inclusive leadership from within, even where there is resistance to change from some leaders.
March 24, 2017: Developing Actions and Strategies to Support Women’s Advancement
Hosted by Walmart Japan, this event was attended by about 70 people, mainly women, who aspire toward management positions and those already in management positions who support women’s advancement. For the first half there was a panel discussion, which was then followed by group discussions.
In the panel discussion, the panelists included Maki Nakamura, Executive Officer SVP, Seiyu GK, and President and Representative Director, Wakana Co., Ltd.; Tsuneo Fukugawa, Joint General Manager, Global Talent Acquisition and Development Department, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.; Michitaka Tanihira, Director of Human Resources, Hilton Tokyo; and Michiko Achilles, Vice President, Head of Human Resources, SAP Japan Co., Ltd. Each panelist shared their own personal experiences and talked about the initiatives their companies are taking. Having both men and women on the panel, the participants learned how the two women leaders progressed their careers as well as how men in management can get engaged in women’s advancement by changing their own behaviors and respecting their differences.
For the group discussion, the participants were divided into two groups for their selected topic, “Take Charge of Your Career” or “The Roles and Actions of a Mentor and Sponsor.” For the first topic, the participants reviewed their career advancement strategy and analyzed and discussed actions required to advance. For the second topic, each group discussed issues and solutions for having an effective mentoring and sponsorship program in an organization.
The event concluded with a networking reception whereby the participants had a chance to share their experiences of the day and learn more about initiatives at other companies.
October 28, 2016: Walmart Japan D&I Event
October 27, 2016: ACCJ WIB Summit