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2008 Symposium                  

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GOLD held its second symposium at the Grande Prince Hotel Akasaka in Tokyo on October 21st. This year we are especially excited because the event was co-hosted by Global Enhancement of Women's Executive Leadership (GEWEL), a sister organization of GOLD.

Over 250 women and men participated in the day-long symposium. Following the full day of inspiring speakers and panelists, attendees signed a bridge-building poster to express their commitment; demonstrating a testament to the importance of a collaborative Japan-U.S. Leadership Initiative.

The symposium featured accomplished leaders in all areas of business, academia and non-profit. Speakers and panelists included:

Maria Contreras-Sweet Founder and Chairwoman, Promerica Bank

Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO, Toshiba Corporation

Howard Ross, Founder and Chief Learning Officer, , Cook Ross, Inc

Michiko Achilles, Managing Executive Officer, , Aozora Bank, Ltd

Anthony Carter, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, , Johnson & Johnson

Renee Fraser, Ph.D., CEO, , Fraser Communications

Debbie Howard, President,, Japan Market Resource Network

Tisa Jackson, Vice President, , Union Bank of California.

Marilyn Johnson Vice President, , IBM

Izumi Kobayashi President and Representative Director, , Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.

Itaru Koeda, Executive Advisor and Honorary Chairman, , Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Kathy Matsui, Managing Director, , Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.

Beverly Okada, Executive Vice President, , Saatchi & Saatchi, New York

Yukako Uchinaga, Chairman and CEO, , Berlitz International, Inc.

Haruko Watanabe, Managing Director, , Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.

The following the Impact Leadership Symposium, GOLD/GEWEL hosted the two-day intensive workshop titled “21st Century Leadership Development.” The workshop was presented by LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.).

The 26 participants included management level women and men from the business and non-profit sectors and - two scholarship recipients from the Association for Women in Finance (AWF), a supporting organization of the symposium.

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