5th GOLD Symposium, 2013

Bridge Builder Awards
Supporting Organizations




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. Then she assumed Human Resource leadership positions in several global companies, including Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Sumitomo 3M, Aozora Bank, and took 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.


Hon. Aida M. Alvarez

Former Administrator, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Member, President Clinton Cabinet

The Honorable Alvarez has been an award-winning journalist, a successful investment banker, and a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet. She currently serves on the boards of Wal-Mart, Union Bank and Progress Financial Corporation. She chairs the Latino Community Foundation, serves on the Board of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Appointed by President Clinton to head the SBA, Administrator Alvarez was the first Hispanic woman to serve in a President’s Cabinet. Over a four-year period under her supervision, SBA’s lending to women tripled and Lending to minorities doubled. A Harvard graduate, Hon. Alvarez also holds honorary doctorates from Bethany College, Iona College, Mercy College and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.


Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Vice President, Recruitment and Organization & Workforce Diversity, Human Resources

Disney ABC Television Group

Prior to the Disney ABC TV Group, Ms. Auger-Domínguez was Managing Director of Executive Search Initiatives at Time Warner. She began her career at Moody’s Corporation where she held a variety of roles including Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Manager of Philanthropic Programs, and Credit Risk Analyst. Prior to joining Moody's, she was a Coro Fellow for Leadership in Public Affairs. Ms. Auger-Domínguez’s recognitions include the Embassy of Spain’s U.S. Young Hispanic Leaders Program, a New York City Council Community Involvement Award and El Diario La Prensa’s Latinas Destacadas Award. She serves on the boards of the Council of Urban Professionals and ASCENT Mastering Leadership Program. She holds an MPA from NYU and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.


Anthony Carter

Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

Mr. Carter is responsible for building a strategy that enhances the J&J vision to be a world class, benchmark company for diversity and inclusion, and aligning this critical business process with the corporation’s strategic business objectives. He reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of J&J. Mr. Carter is an Associate Professor at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies graduate program. Community and professional involvement includes being a member of the Chief Diversity Officers Consortium at Georgetown University, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of Howard University, a member of the Board of the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Inc., and a board member of National Medical Fellowships. Mr. Carter received a BA degree in Communications and Journalism from Fordham University.


Ellen Chen

President, Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) and Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
Orange County Chapter

Ms. Chen serves as President of APEX, a non-profit organization focused on engaging young professionals in Southern California, and OCA, a national non-profit organization focused on Asian American advocacy. Previously, as part of the 100% volunteer-based APEX board of 50, she served as Director of Programs to oversee the continued growth of APEX in Orange County. Ms. Chen is also a member of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) Development Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Business degree and actively assists the Asian Pacific Alumni Association. Ms. Chen currently works in operations management for an online retailer.


Deborah L. DeHaas

Vice Chairman and Chief Inclusion Officer
Deloitte LLP

Ms. DeHaas leads the quality, client satisfaction, growth, marketplace, and human resource initiatives for 23 offices comprising 9,000 professionals, making it the largest Big Four organization in the region. As chief inclusion officer, she drives Deloitte’s strategy to recruit, develop, and promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment where leaders thrive, a constant passion and focus of Deloitte for the past 20 years. Ms. DeHaas holds several significant positions in the community including the nominating committee chair and immediate past board chair of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the board vice chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Ms. DeHaas graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Management Science and Accounting from Duke University.


Royanne Doi

Vice President and International Counsel
Prudential Holdings of Japan, Inc.

Ms. Doi serves as International Counsel to Prudential Holdings of Japan, Inc., a Japan insurance holding company. She has spent more than 18 years in Japan. Previously she was Senior Regional Counsel for Asia Pacific for State Street Bank and Trust Company, covering banking, asset management, foreign exchange and securities, and before that, she served as Regional Director, ASIA for Legal/Government Affairs for CIGNA Songai/ACE Insurance, handling legal, regulatory and trade issues with a variety of industry and government officials. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her law degree from UCLA School of Law.

Tracey C. Doi

Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Ms. Doi is group vice president and chief financial officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the marketing, sales, and distribution arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States. She is responsible for finance, accounting, tax, procurement and corporate services. Ms. Doi serves on the Company’s audit committee and risk committee, and as a director of several subsidiaries. In 2011, the National Association of Asian American Professionals honored Ms. Doi and Automotive News recognized her as one of the 100 leading women in the automotive industry. She serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council, and the boards of the Japanese American National Museum, Japan America Society, US Japan Council, Claremont University Consortium, Emmaus Life Sciences, and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.


Renee White Fraser, Ph.D

Chief Executive Officer
Fraser Communications

Ms. Fraser, a social psychologist, founded Fraser Communications in 1998. With sales over $40 million, Fraser Communications won 2011 Agency of the Year “Digital Media” by thinkLA. Clients include: Toyota, East West Bank, Saint John’s Hospital, The Gas Company, State of California Solar Water Heating Initiative, Metropolitan Water District, First 5 California, and UCLA Extension. An advocate for entrepreneurship, Ms. Fraser has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR. She is the co-host of “Unfinished Business”, an hour-long talk show on which Renee and Betsy Berkhemer interviews CEO’s, share insights on business trends in leadership, marketing and hiring. The show is broadcast on KFWB 980 reaching approximately 2.2 million listeners each week throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.


Steve Hanamura

Hanamura Consulting, Inc.

In 1986, Mr. Hanamura founded Hanamura Consulting, serving businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions of all sizes throughout the country. With more than 30 years of consulting, training and speaking experience, he is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, managing personal and organizational change, and working with generational differences. A partial list of his clients includes Nike, American Airlines, IBM, NASA and ESPN. Mr. Hanamura has authored In Search of Vision (Global Insights, 2000) and I Can See Clearly (Renaissance Publishers, 2005). He received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.


Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Ph.D

KH Consulting Group

Since 1986, Dr. Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough has been President of KH Consulting Group, specializing in strategic planning, organizational design/restructuring, human resources, social responsibility initiatives, and process reengineering. KH has served more than 200 clients in 25 states and 7 countries. Previously, she was at Towers Watson. She holds a B.S. from Northwestern University; a masters from Tufts University; Ph.D. and masters degrees from the University of Virginia; and a post-doctorate with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship. She has served on such boards as National Association of Women Business Owners/Los Angeles, Organization of Women Executives, and Earth Protect (Advisory Council).


Yasufumi Hirai

President and General Manager
Cisco Systems G.K., Japan
Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems

Mr. Hirai manages all operations for the Japanese market. He joined Cisco Japan in 2008 as Vice President for Enterprise, Public Sector and Commercial Operations. Prior to joining Cisco, he was Senior Managing Executive Officer at Microsoft Co., Ltd., leading its enterprise business. Previously, he spent 20 years at IBM Japan, Ltd., involved in Corporate Strategy, Telecommunications Industry Unit, Software Group, and other management positions. Mr. Hirai is a trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai) and a member of Japan Quality Award Council, in addition to serving as an Adjunct Researcher in the Institute of Human Resource Studies, Waseda University. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University.


Kimiko Horii

Research Institutes of Self-Esteem (RISE), Japan

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 director 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

Ms. Jackson found her calling more than 18 years ago and believes being a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader is a privileged obligation. She was among “The 2012 Multicultural Leaders in California” named by the California Diversity Council, recognizing leaders 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.


Hisako Kaneko

General Manager, HR Competence Center and Chief Diversity Officer
AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (AXA)

Ms. Kaneko started her career in a Tokyo branch of an American bank. In her mid-20’s, she gave up her job to focus on caring for her baby with disabilities, and later got involved in non-profit organizations that advocate putting people with disabilities on an equal footing with those without disabilities. She entered AXA as an in-house interpreter, and five years later was appointed manager of the newly established Diversity Promotion Office. Since then, the number of employees with disabilities in the company doubled. AXA’s strong governance in managing Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) was acknowledged by the Toyo Keizai Diversity Management Award in 2011. Ms. Kaneko is currently in charge of D&I, transformation of corporate culture, employee engagement and human development.


Hiromi Kunii

General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Office, Human Resources Division
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU)

Ms. Kunii is responsible for strategy and implementation of initiatives to enhance a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive corporate culture at the BTMU. After graduating from Kyoto University with a L.L.B, she joined the BTMU in 1990 and has taken on diverse assignments in various locations including Tokyo, Singapore, London and New York. She started her career in the area of business promotion for multinational corporations and later expanded her responsibility to cover the credit and portfolio management of European and U.S corporations. She also engaged in the evaluation and job rotation of employees in the Human Resources Division.


Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, MACP, FRCP (London)

Former Chairman, National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC); Academic Fellow, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; 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), 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 as an executive member of many professional societies and has been elected member of scientific societies including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences of USA, Master of the American College of Physicians and Founding Governor of ACP Japan Chapter. His awards include “2010 Person of the Year” from The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Brian Larnerd

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Mr. Larnerd is responsible for Hitachi Group’s CSR and sustainable development across the Americas. He also supports global business strategy. Mr. Larnerd works on transforming Hitachi into a global company that adapts to society and creates strategies for a sustainable future. Prior to Hitachi America, Ltd., he designed and led CSR and government affairs globally at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), where he began in corporate business development & strategy. He started his career with IBM in Washington, DC working on government relations, public policy, international development, and national security matters. Mr. Larnerd earned a J.D. from Syracuse University and a B.S. in political science from Arizona State University.


Glenn Llopis

Center for Hispanic Leadership

Mr. Llopis is a contributing writer to Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post. He is best known for promoting "the immigrant perspective:” the idea that if people embrace the immigrant mentality, they will have a distinct advantage in business and in life by being able to see and seize previously unseen opportunities and opportunities that others don’t see at all. He is the best-selling author of the book, Earning Serendipity – 4 Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your Work. Mr. Llopis is regularly featured on Fox News, Univision, ABC and CNN. He consults to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of leadership, Hispanics in America, career advancement, marketing, diversity management, entrepreneurship, business development and turnaround operations.


Graciela Meibar

Vice President/Global Sales Training & Global Diversity
Mattel, Inc.

Ms. Meibar is responsible for creating, launching and implementing a comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy for Mattel, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys, with annual sales of more than $6 billion. Her accomplishments include development of a D&I strategy tied to Mattel’s business strategies and its values. Ms. Meibar holds a BA in international relations from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Prior to this role she held the position of Vice President Latin America Export for Mattel; in this role she was responsible for sales and marketing and financial performance of all Mattel brands in a region that included 22 countries. She is passionate about building cross cultural relationships and advocating for inclusive cultures in which people are given an opportunity to grow and excel.


Terri Chew Nishimura, MA, OTR/L

Chief Executive Officer
Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN)

Ms. Nishimura was appointed as a L.A. County Commissioner on the Policy Roundtable for Childcare and helped establish a guide for child care centers to create a system for the identification and inclusion of children with special needs. She is active in the business community and has served on the Board of Directors for the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce for six years and helped create the Nonprofit Coalition, Business Watch Coalition and the Women Business Council. Her honors include the 2011 L.A. County Woman of the Year. She has her master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis.


Toshihiro Nakamura

Co-Founder and CEO

Mr. Nakamura founded Kopernik, the technology marketplace for the developing world in 2006. He has extensive experience in international development gained during his career with the United Nations (UN). He has spent the past 10 years living in East Timor, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland working with the UN and dealt with governance reform, peace building processes and post-disaster reconstruction including the tsunami in Aceh and the Yogyakarta earthquake. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Nakamura was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an L.L.B. from Kyoto University and Masters of Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was selected as World economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2012.


Yoko Okamura

Senior Manager, Worldwide Corporate Marketing
Altera Corporation

Ms. Okamura is responsible for corporate marketing, overseeing Japan, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Altera Corporation based in Silicon Valley, the first fabless semiconductor company in the world. Her marketing experience includes global marketing strategy, online marketing, integrated marketing programs, business and trade press relations, and marketing operations. Prior to her current position, she was responsible for investor relations and corporate branding, including public relations and employee communications, for Japan’s number one ERP system company. She has a BA from Waseda University, studied at Kent University in England, and holds an MBA from Aoyama Gakuin Business School, an affiliated business school with Carnegie Mellon University.


Shari Slate

Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Strategist
The Americas Cisco

Ms. Slate is responsible for making inclusion relevant in the revenue generating arm of the business and leveraging inclusion to create value for Cisco, its partners, and customers. In addition to driving an inclusion strategy designed to attract and select new talent, develop and engage existing talent, and create an inclusive environment within the sales organization, her team leads thought leadership focused on the tangible business value of inclusion and the links between inclusion, collaboration, and innovation. Ms. Slate received 2011 Women Worth Watching Award, The Network Journal's 2009 "40 Under Forty" Achievement Award as well as the prestigious Star Award for sales excellence earlier in her career at Xerox. She has a BA in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.


Jane E. Smith, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEAD), 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.


Nadine Vogel

President and Founder, Springboard Consulting, LLC

Springboard collaborates with multinational corporations, Federal governments and national agencies on initiatives to successfully mainstream disability in the workforce, workplace and marketplace. Springboard also produces the Disability Matters Awards Banquet and Conference which honors those firms that are making great strides in supporting this segment of the population, now the largest minority segment in the world, through diversity, work-life, human resource and marketing/branding initiatives. Ms. Vogel is the author of DIVE IN: Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed must-read business book. She has been featured on NBC News, CNNfn, Lifetime Live on the Lifetime Channel, Good Day NY and Oxygen Television's Pure Oxygen program.


Lareina Yee

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Over Ms. Yee’s 11 years with McKinsey she has been a part of the Greater China and West Coast Offices in the U.S. She works with High Tech, Media and Healthcare companies to transform their grow equation through advising on strategy, sales and marketing. For the last two years, she has co-led McKinsey’s knowledge collaboration with the Wall Street Journal on Women in the US Economy. During this time she has published two articles: "Unlocking the Potential of Women in the Economy" and "Changing Companies’ Mindsets about Women." In addition to her client and research work, Ms. Yee leads a number of women’s development initiatives within McKinsey, including sponsorship, recruiting, and analyst learning.

Mistress of Ceremony


Val Zavala

Vice President, News and Public Affairs, KCET

Ms. Zavala joined KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, in 1987 and has been playing a vital role in the long-running newsmagazine, Life & Times, as well as other news programs and specials. She currently anchors KCET’s nightly award-winning newsmagazine, SoCalConnected. Her work has won 15 L.A. Area Emmys, eight Golden Mikes and numerous L.A. Press Club awards. Ms. Zavala has been honored by various community organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association (2009 Gala), and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media for integrity and longevity in the field of television journalism (2006). She received her Master in journalism from American University in Washington, D. C. and her B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.