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About Hiroko Tatebe

Hiroko Tatebe is Founder and Executive Director for the Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD).  She oversees  program development and is responsible for all aspects of operating the organization.

Prior to forming GOLD, Hiroko was Director, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank of California (DKBCAL).  During her tenure at DKBCAL she was the first and only woman on the Board of Directors. She was responsible for complete financial, operations and administrative management, and successfully led professional teams with diverse technical and cultural backgrounds.  Her extensive banking experience includes management in finance, investment, domestic and international operations, product development, compliance and information technology.

With a proven corporate management record, Hiroko has also assumed leadership roles in professional and civic organizations.  Among her honors include: “Outstanding Business Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Business, and an “Affiliated Businesswomen Member of the Year” by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Hiroko was named a semi-finalist for the 2009 International Women of Influence Awards™ by Global ExecWomen.

Hiroko is a founding member and director of Global Enhancement of Women's Executive Leadership (GEWEL), a sister organization of GOLD, in Japan. GEWEL, a non-profit organization, is committed to supporting Japanese businesswomen to expand and develop their leadership abilities.

Active in many professional and community organizations, Hiroko is a member of the Multicultural Advisory Board of the Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Big Thinking Women and the Board of Governors of Japan America Society of Southern California.  Her participation has also included President of Financial Women International, Board Member of the California Bankers Association, Advisory Board member of the NAWBO Los Angeles Chapter and Treasurer of Women Against Gun Violence. Hiroko has also served in officer and board positions for Women in Business, Organization of Women Executives and Women in Transportation.

Hiroko is a native of Tokyo, Japan. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Whittier College and a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at the Bank Administration Institute and the University of Wisconsin. In 1989 she became a Certified Financial Planner through the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.