This event was held with support from Johnson & Johnson K.K., Gap Japan K.K, and Walmart Japan. Approximately 80 people attended, mainly sales and store managers from various industries, including pharmaceutical, finance, and food-service. In a panel discussion and a cross-industry group discussion. participants shared stories and experiences related to women’s advancement.
Three panelists, David R. Smith, President, Johnson & Johnson K.K. Vision Care Japan; Maki Nakamura, Executive Officer SVP, Walmart Japan Holdings K.K./Seiyu G.K., President and Representative Director, Wakana Co., Ltd.; and Hirofumi Mineo, Senior Director, Gap Outlet Japan Region, Gap Japan K.K. shared their views and discussed each company’s initiatives to support women’s advancement in sales and/or stores.
For the next discussion, participants were divided into groups under the following topics; “Workplace Customs/Practices/Mind Set,” “Talent Development and Talent Management," and “Work-Life Effectiveness: Organizational Efforts to Support Employees Outside Work.” Each group had a lively discussion, with participants sharing their own experiences, insights, and practical solutions specific to sales and stores. We received much positive feedback from participants saying that the session was very fruitful.
October 27: 2016 ACCJ WIB Summit
At the 2016 ACCJ Women in Business Summit, Catherine Corley, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Catalyst, moderated the session titled “Culture Change: Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership.” She spoke with panelists from Gap Japan, LIXIL Group, Met Life Insurance, and Morgan Stanley, about their views of how to address unconscious bias in the workplace. Ms. Corley emphasized that Catalyst research demonstrates that rather than merely raising awareness of unconscious bias, organizations need to change behaviors as well as team dynamics to make progress.
October 28: Walmart Japan D&I Event
Tsukiko Tsukhara, Vice President, Catalyst Japan, spoke at Walmart Japan’s Diversity and Inclusion event and also moderated a panel discussion. During her talk, Ms. Tsukahara presented the real reasons why the number of women has not increased at the management level. Given the current gender gap and its structure, she offered three recommendations as possible solutions; 1. Use of sponsorship, 2. Talent identification and development for high-potential staff, and 3. Behavioral change to combat unconscious bias.
At the panel discussion, she spoke to women graduates of WIR (Women in Retail), Walmart’s women leadership development program, and the area manager who supported the WIR program, about their experiences with the program.