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2007 Symposium              

GOLD held a successful symposium on March 21, 2007 at the New Otani Hotel and Garden in Los Angeles. 

The symposium brought together over 200 women and men from corporate, business, academic, non-profit and entrepreneurial backgrounds from the U.S. and Japan. The symposium offered attendees a day of educational programs, leadership seminars and keynote speakers addressing “bridge building” from three points of view: Leadership, Diversity and Culture, and Business/Economic Opportunities.  

Speakers and panelists included accomplished leaders in all areas of business, academia and non-profit including:

Sumiko Iwao, Ph.D., Social psychologist, Professor Emeritus, Keio University;

Debbie Howard, President, Japan Market Resource Network, Chair and past President, The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan;

Jack Kyser, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation;

Cathleen Benko, High Technology Industry Leader, Deloitte Consulting, National Managing Director, Initiative For the Retention and Advancement of Women, Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP;

Patty DeDominic, Entrepreneur, Founder, PDQ Careers Group of Companies;

Tracey C. Doi, Group Vice President and CFO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.;

Irene Hirano, Present & Chief Executive Officer, Japanese American National Museum;

Yuko Kaifu, Former Consul, Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles.