Friday, March 22, 2013, Los Angeles

5th GOLD Symposium “Reflect, Renew and Reinvent: Driving Innovation through Inclusion”

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Keynote Speakers



Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, MACP, FRCP (London)
Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute
Chair and Co-Founder, Impact Japan

A graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kurokawa lived in the U.S. from 1969 to 1985. He was Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine (1979-84) and the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine (1989-96), and Dean of Tokai University School of Medicine (1996-2002), President of the Science Council of Japan (2003-06), and Science Advisor to the Prime Minister (2006-08). Dr. Kurokawa served in many ministerial committees in Japan, and professional societies internationally including time as WHO Commissioner (2005-09). He is an elected member of several scientific societies including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences of the U.S. and Master of the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council, led by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Kurokawa is the recipient of many awards and honors including L'ordre national de la légion d'honneur from the French Government in 2009 and “2010 Person of the Year” from The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.


Susan H. Roos
Wife of U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos; Employment Attorney

Ms. Roos spent 28 years as an employment attorney before moving to Japan with her husband. In her legal practice she defends and advises employers in all aspects of employment law including litigation of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and trade secret matters before federal and state courts. Ms. Roos is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California, and various county bar associations, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and all California state and federal courts. She holds an AB in American Studies from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Southern California. After law school she worked at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Los Angeles and San Francisco where she became a partner before leaving in 1995 to start her own labor law boutique firm. For 15 years, she ran her own firm in San Francisco. Since moving to Japan, Ms. Roos has been involved in many activities, including speaking on the situation facing working women in Japan, participating in cultural events and traveling throughout Japan.




Michiko Achilles
Corporate Officer/Public Relations, Consumer Information, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environment, and Organizational Change
Shiseido Co., LTD

Ms. Achilles started her career at Fuji Xerox Learning Institute as an intercultural communication consultant. After that she assumed Human Resource leadership positions in several global companies, including Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and Sumitomo 3M. Most recently, she was Managing Executive Officer at Aozora Bank and was appointed to her current position in April 2011. Ms. Achilles is also Director of NPO GEWEL, which promotes global leadership development of professionals in Japan. She graduated from Sophia University, with a BA in Business Administration and from the Fielding Graduate Institute, with an MA in Organization Management.


Tetsuya Atom
Founder and CEO, Fathering Japan

After having worked for a bookstore and in publishing and IT companies, in 2006, Mr. Ando established “Fathering Japan (FJ),” a non-profit organization which helps fathers play an active role in their children’s lives. FJ offers many programs and events including the “Fathering School,” a comprehensive program to educate men about childcare. He travels around the country to hold seminars, lectures and picture-book readings for fathers. He is a member of the Planning Committee on Child Rearing for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. His publications include “Secrets of Fathering – How to Enjoy Your Work AND Raising Your Children” and “Rules of Fathering – How to Make Your Family Happier a Hundred One Times.” He has two sons and one daughter.


Cary Broussard
Owner, Broussard Communications
Author, From Cinderella to CEO

An internationally recognized communications and brand management expert and well-known advocate for women, Ms. Broussard speaks to audiences about business issues affecting women and diverse populations. Her book, From Cinderella to CEO, has been published in ten languages, and features advice on a myriad of issues, important to today’s multi-generational and international work force. She consults with companies and organizations in the areas of reputation management, public relations and customer relationship marketing. Ms. Broussard, a professor at New York University Tisch School for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, was a former deputy press secretary to Senator Howard Baker, who went on to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Japan. She serves on the executive advisory board of Women’s Leadership Exchange and several other boards.


Cassandra D. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals, Inc. (ISDIP)

The ISDIP is the first comprehensive global association for professionals with diversity and inclusion responsibilities in public and private sectors. Dr. Caldwell is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer, entrepreneur, and scholar. As a 18 year veteran and leader in the diversity and inclusion field, she has facilitated diversity and inclusion initiatives at various global, national, and local organizations including: GlaxoSmithKline, Sodexo, TNS, 4-H, NCR, The United Negro College Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina State University, U.S. Department of Education, and eWomenNetwork. Dr. Caldwell’s international education includes being a visiting scholar in Ghana, South Africa, and Swaziland.


Leslie Grossman
President, Leslie Grossman Leadership
Co-founder, Women’s Leadership Exchange

Ms. Grossman is a leadership and business development expert and author of the best-selling book “SELLsation.” As creator of the Women’s Leadership Exchange, a community of 65,000 business women, and founder of an integrated marketing agency, Ms. Grossman has been helping executives, entrepreneurs and students achieve success for 25 years. Her program - Connections for Life: The Secret for Professional Success - integrates her philosophy of becoming the leader of your life by creating life-long connections, along with building your professional brand. Ms. Grossman is a frequent speaker at corporations, conferences and universities, and has traveled as far as Tokyo to address the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce. She received a B.A. in psychology/business from George Washington University and attended graduate school at New York University for Counselor Education.


Keiko Haga
Vice President, ASP Japan, Johnson & Johnson K.K.

Ms. Haga joined Johnson & Johnson in 2000 after completing the MBA program at the University of Maryland. She has held various positions in medical device marketing and led the Wound Management business unit as General Manager starting in 2005. She is currently responsible for business development and improvement for the areas of safety and infection prevention in the Japan healthcare market. She also leads the Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI) council in Japan. The WLI is a voluntary, employee-driven affinity group at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies throughout the world with a vision to "maximize the power of women to drive global competitive advantage."


Kimiko Horii
President, Research Institutes for Self-Esteem (RISE)

Ms. Horii was the National Sales Director for Avon Products in Japan, overseeing 700 sales managers. In 2003, she co-founded GEWEL, a pioneer non-profit organization, promoting Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in Japan through changing Japanese corporations and the culture in the workplace. As a D&I consultant, she works with Japanese corporations and offers training programs. Ms. Horii is a frequent speaker and presenter at various D&I events including the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Community Business in Hong Kong. She also publishes articles on D&I promotion for Japanese business magazines and newspapers including Nikkei. Active in many philanthropic organizations, she currently serves as president-elect of the Tokyo Kiwanis Club. She holds a degree in economics from the University of Tokyo.


Tisa Jackson
Vice President, Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank, N.A.

Ms. Jackson found her calling more than 17 years ago and believes being a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader is a privileged obligation. She was among “The 2010 Most Powerful and Influential Women in California” named by the California Diversity Council, recognizing 50 women for contributions in their respective fields. Throughout her career Ms. Jackson has been a key architect in the creation and transformation of D&I functions and programs within the financial services, high tech and non-profit industries for Global 100, Fortune 100 and mid-size companies including: Deloitte, Advanced Micro Devices and the YWCA. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Diversity Journal. She holds a BS in Management and Organizational Behavior and Political Communications from Emerson College.


Kakutaro Kitashiro
Senior Advisor, IBM Japan, Ltd.

Mr. Kitashiro was appointed to his current position in May 2007 after serving at IBM Japan as Chairman of the Board since 1999 and as president since 1993. He also served as president of IBM Asia Pacific from November 1999 to March 2003. Mr. Kitashiro joined IBM Japan as a systems engineer in 1967 after graduating from Keio University with a BS in Engineering. He also holds an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Kitashiro served as chairman of KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) from April 2003 to April 2007. He has been promoting a concept of Innovation. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of International Christian University.


Anthony S. Marino
Chief Human Resources Officer & General Manager for the Americas
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU)

Mr. Marino was appointed to his current position at BTMU in January 2011. He is responsible for human resource strategy and administration, compensation and benefits, organizational development, talent management and engagement, staffing, and management responsibility for the Americas Region for the company’s newly launched continuous improvement effort, Project BEST (Building Excellence for Success Together). Previously, Mr. Marino was Chief Human Resources Officer for GMAC, where he was instrumental in the turnaround and restructuring of the global auto finance leader. He has also worked for Bank of America, Honeywell International (formerly AlliedSignal), and Pepsi Food Systems. His former roles have included global assignments in Europe and Asia. He is the author of a leadership development workbook series titled “The LeadersSource.” He holds a BA in Business Administration from Ohio University.


Yvonne Murayama
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer/Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC), UBS Securities Japan Ltd.

Ms. Murayama joined UBS in 2005 as the Asia Pacific Business Managing for Trading and then was appointed the Chief Operating Officer for Japan FICC for both the Bank Branch and the Securities entities. Prior to joining UBS, she was the Chief Financial Officer at TullettPrebon, responsible for the Asia Pacific region. Previously she was the Head of Business Planning and Strategy at Goldman Sachs Equities. Ms. Murayama has extensive working experience in this region and has worked and lived in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Beijing. She is multilingual; fluent in English, Chinese, and Japanese. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1993 and is a Certified Public Accountant in the US.


Debra Nakatomi
President and CEO, Nakatomi & Associates, Inc.; International Commissioner, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Ms. Nakatomi is responsible for leading Nakatomi & Associates, a strategic communications firm based in Santa Monica, California, that consults on communications initiatives on issues including health, financial literacy, transportation and energy conservation, environmental education, and sustainable community development. Previously, Ms. Nakatomi held executive positions in public affairs and communications at the Walt Disney Company and CBS Television, Inc. She serves on the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA and as the U.S. delegate to the WAGGGS, a 10 million member global organization. Ms. Nakatomi is a board member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation. She is also a member of the U.S. Japan Council and was a member of the 2009 Japanese American Leadership Delegation.


Merle Aiko Okawara
Chairman, JC Comsa Corporation

In 1993, as chairman of this leading manufacturer of pizza and ethnic breads and operator of several restaurant chains, Ms. Okawara listed JC Comsa Corporation on the JASDAQ, becoming only the second woman president of a public corporation in Japan. She has served on several corporate boards including Avon Products and Kameda Seika and was senior advisor at Morgan Stanley Japan. She presently serves as director of Parco. Her civic activities include serving as vice president of ACCJ, trustee of Keizai Doyukai, and member of the Japan Fulbright Commission, the Merrill Lynch Diversity and Inclusion Council, and the Business Advisory Council for the UN Office for Project Services.


Abi Sekimitsu
Editor, Japan Reuters

Ms. Sekimitsu graduated in Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago and started her career as a journalist in Hong Kong in 1986. She joined the Reuters Tokyo bureau in 1988. Until 2004, Ms. Sekimitsu served in editorial roles in New York, Tokyo, and London, with stints as Equities Editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Energy Editor for the Americas. In 2004, she was appointed as the company’s first Bangalore Editor, and helped orchestrate and oversee a major expansion of staff there. In her current role, Ms. Sekimitsu is in charge of Editorial Operations in Japan, supervising 120 journalists and support staff in Thomson Reuters’ biggest Asian market. She is the first Japanese, and also the first female, Japan Editor for Reuters.


Jane E. Smith, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, Spelman College

Dr. Smith began her professional career in 1975 at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, serving in many capacities including Assistant Professor of Sociology and Assistant to the President. In 1991, Coretta Scott King invited her to serve as Director of Development at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. From 1994 to 1998, she directed The Atlanta Project, an urban initiative created by former President Jimmy Carter. Dr. Smith was appointed by former President Clinton to the National Women’s Business Council and by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to the UN Beijing Plus Five Conference delegation. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Social Policy Analysis from Harvard University, a Masters in Sociology from Emory University, and a BA in Sociology from Spelman College.


Yoshimasa Takao
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Mr. Takao is a Board Member of Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd and is responsible for directing and overseeing human resource management and development, corporate social responsibility initiatives, internal control and audit, procurement, logistics, legal affairs, the Beijing representative office, and petrochemicals and plastics business. He has more than twenty years experience and expertise in human resource management and development. He also served as a representative of Sumitomo Chemical’s affiliate in Indonesia for four years. Mr. Takao is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Policy Planning of the Committee on Population issues and a member of the Committee on National Quality of Life of Nippon Keidanren, Japan Business Federation, and a member of the UN Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Anti-Corruption Principle,. He holds a BA in Law from Osaka University.


Mistress of Ceremony 


Mariko Mikami
Anchorperson; Associate Professor
University of Shinshu Graduate School of Business Administration

Ms. Mikami has authored many articles including “Landmine Removal in Thailand and Cambodia” (Foreign Press Center), “Heir to the Throne” (Time Inc.), and “Japan’s Changing Industrial Landscape” (World Bank Policy Research Work Paper). Ms. Mikami works for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and other broadcasting bureaus focusing on revitalization of local economies in Japan. Currently she concentrates on the recovery strategy for the Tohoku quakes and tsunami disaster as part of the economic program she launched in Sendai. Ms. Mikami serves as a committee member for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Municipal government. Her publications include “Megabank’s Accounting in Japan, US, and Europe” and “The middle management in Japanese companies; Aging workforces and parasitic generation.” She is a graduate of Keio University.