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Special Guest Speaker



Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan




Anthony P. Carter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

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 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 B.A. degree in Communications and Journalism from Fordham University.


Mitsuru Claire Chino

Vice Executive Officer and General Counsel, ITOCHU Corporation

Ms. Chino received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. She was a partner of an international law firm before she joined Itochu Corporation as its corporate counsel. In April 2013, she became the first female executive officer of any major trading company. The World Economic Forum recognized her as a “Young Global Leader” in 2005. Most recently, she has been recognized by Yale University (Yale World Fellow), the Asia Society (Asia21 Fellow) and the U.S.-Japan Foundation. In 2010, she was named by Asia Legal Business as one of the top 25 in-house counsels in Asia. She is a member of Cornell Law School’s advisory board.


Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations

Ambassador Chowdhury has spent many years as a champion for sustainable peace and development, advancing the global movement for the culture of peace that has energized civil society across the world. As a career diplomat, he served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, President of the U.N. Security Council, President of the UNICEF Board, U.N. Under-Secretary-General, and Senior Special Advisor to the UN General Assembly President. Ambassador Chowdhury achieved the political and conceptual breakthrough leading to adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 which, for the first time, recognized the role and contribution of women in the areas of peace and security. He was recognized by many, including the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, and the 2013 IMPACT Leadership 21 Frederick Douglass Award, honoring men who are championing women's rights.


Madeline Di Nonno

Chief Executive Officer, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Ms. Di Nonno leads the strategic, financial and operational directives for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children's entertainment through cutting- edge research, education and advocacy programs. She brings over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the entertainment, non- profit, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries to her current position. Previously, Ms. Di Nonno served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital media content creation and distribution. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Foundation and an Advisor for GameChanger Films. She holds a B.A. from Boston University.


Royanne Doi

Corporate Chief Ethics Officer/Global Business Ethics & Integrity, Prudential Financial Inc.

Ms. Doi graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), and a J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law, after which she worked as a business and insurance litigation law firm associate for seven years. Since 1997, she has worked as an in-house counsel for financial services companies in Japan. She currently is the Corporate Chief Ethics Officer of Prudential Financial, Inc., responsible for implementing strategies to drive high ethical standards, educating the company’s global workforce and reinforcing the integration of ethics across Prudential’s business worldwide.


Denise Evans

Vice President, Market Development, IBM Corporation

Ms. Evans leads an organization responsible for marketing IBM’s products, solutions and services to businesses owned by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans in North America and women-owned, led and influenced businesses globally. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Chamber of Commerce, Women Presidents’ Organization, Center for Women’s Business Research, X Coalition, Enterprising Women Magazine, the International Planning Committee for the Global Summit of Women, and the advisory board of The S.O.L.V.E. Group, LLC. Ms. Evens earned her B. S. in Mathematics and Economics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Yasufumi Hirai

President and General Manager, Cisco Japan

Mr. Hirai is President and General Manager for Cisco Japan and a Senior Vice President of Cisco. In this role he manages all operations for the Japanese market. He joined Cisco Japan in 2008 as Vice President for Enterprise, Public Sector and Commercial Operations. Before joining Cisco, Hirai was a Senior Managing Executive Officer at Microsoft, leading its enterprise business in Japan. Previously, he spent 20 years at IBM Japan, involved in Corporate Strategy, the Telecommunications Industry Unit, the Software Group and other management positions. He served two separate assignments in New York for IBM. Mr. Hirai is a Director of the Japan Association of New Economy, a trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and a member of the Japan Quality Award Council.


Kimiko Horii

President, Research Institutes of 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 is governor-elect of the Japan District of Kiwanis International. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo.


Kay Iwata

Founder and President, K. Iwata Associates, Inc.

Ms. Iwata is an internationally recognized diversity management consultant, researcher and author. Her approach is global, strategic and systemic. It focuses on building from a strong business case that is anchored in the values and culture of the organization and its leaders. Ms. Iwata’s book, The POWER of Diversity: 5 Essential Competencies for Leading a Diverse Workforce, provide a research based focus on the specific behaviors and actions that Diversity & Inclusion competent leaders and managers consistently demonstrate. The results also appear in the 2010 ASTD Leadership Handbook. She has been named a Pioneer of Diversity by the Diversity Journal and has published articles with SHRM and Diversity Central. Ms. Iwata has consulted in the U.K., Japan, China and Latin America. Her client list includes Sodexo, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, County of Alameda and the California State University system.


Tisa Jackson

Vice President/Corporate Diversity & Inclusion, Union Bank

Ms. Jackson is a passionate visionary leader who found her calling more than 20 years ago and believes being a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader is a privileged obligation. She is a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Emerson College and has been named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in California 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 sectors 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 B.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior and Political Communications from Emerson College.

Phyllis James

Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer, MGM Resorts International

As Chief Litigation Counsel she is responsible for supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel and litigation reporting. As Chief Diversity Officer, she leads all aspects of MGM Resorts' Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as well as the Company's Philanthropy & Community Engagement programs. Under her guidance, MGM Resorts is recognized as a leader in Diversity & Inclusion, such as the No. 1 ranking on DiversityInc Magazine’s “Top 10 Regional Companies.” Ms. James also directs the Company's exemplary philanthropy and employee volunteerism programs, which have received local and state-wide recognition.

Marilyn Johnson

Inspirational Speaker, Marilynjspeaks.com

Ms. Johnson led an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for and marketing to businesses owned or operated by Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Women in the Americas. She has extensive management experience in sales and marketing in the information technology industry. A graduate of John Marshall University, she holds two advanced education degrees. Ms. Johnson has received numerous awards including the "Corporate Supporter of Women Entrepreneurs Award" in Beijing, China, and “The Profiles of Prominence Award” from the National Women of Achievement, Inc. In 2012 she was recognized by Enterprising Women Magazine with the prestigious Legacy Award. The Women’s President’s Organization named a National Women of Color in Business Award after Ms. Johnson.

Mie Kajijawa

Founder and CEO, Cheer Blossom, Inc.; Founder, Sport For Smile

Ms. Kajikawa is the Founder of Sport For Smile, the first-ever platform in Japan to promote social inclusion through sport, supported by globally recognized advisors. She earned her Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University, served as the first-ever Japanese female NBA intern, then joined the Tokyo 2016 Olympic Bid Committee. In 2010, she established Cheer Blossom, Inc., which provides advice on sport and CSR. Ms. Kajikawa received the EY Ground Breakers Award in 2011, was selected as a TEDx speaker, “Panel of Personalities” of the ScenaRio2012, and is a mentor of the TOMODACHI Women’s Leadership Program. Ms. Kajikawa also began teaching public speaking skills after attending Harvard Extension School and interviews global leaders and celebrities about the power of sport to change the world.


Izumi Kobayashi

Director and Member of the Board, ANA Holdings, Inc., Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Ms. Kobayashi was CEO and EVP of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group from November 2008 to June 2013. She participated in MIGA as President and Representative Director, while working at Merrill Lynch in Tokyo. Ms. Kobayashi joined Merrill Lynch in 1985 to work on derivatives markets and subsequently held a number of high-level global leadership roles in the organization. Ms. Kobayashi also served on The Osaka Security Exchange as a Non-Executive Board Member from 2002 to 2008. She holds the position of Co-Chair of the Japan Chapter of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD).


Gerald Lema

Chairman and President, Japan, and President, Asia Pacific, Baxter-Gambro Renal
Baxter International Inc.

Mr. Lema has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical, OTC products, diagnostics, and healthcare experience in Asia, Japan, Europe, US, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. He joined Baxter in 2005 as President, Asia Pacific responsible for operations in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, China, India, North Asia, and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Baxter, he served as Corporate Vice President, Asia Pacific, and Chairman and Representative Director of Abbott Laboratories Japan based in Tokyo. Mr. Lema earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Universidad del Valle, Colombia, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Tulane University, Freeman School of Business in New Orleans. He serves on the board of directors of Catalyst and the US-Japan Business Council.


Hiromi Mukai, MD, Ph.D.

Director, Medical Affairs Division, Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K.

Dr. Mukai started her career at Tsukuba University Hospital as a hematologist and spent 18 years in medical care, education of medical students, and hematopoiesis research. She joined Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K. in 2008 as a Medical Director in the oncology area in the Medical Affairs Division. She is currently responsible for the Medical Affairs Strategy Department, working to advance the availability and appropriate use of medicines for the benefit of patients and society. 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."


Yoko Narahashi

President, United Performer Studio; Producer, Director, Casting Director and Lyricistf

Among the plays Ms. Narahashi has directed are Hair, The Magic Monkey, and the award-winning The Winds of God, which was invited to perform in the U.S. (The Actors Studio, The United Nations), Australia and New Zealand. The Winds was also the first feature film she directed, for which she received the Japan Film Critics Award for Best New Director. Ms. Narahashi also produced Emperor starring Tommy Lee Jones in 2014. Since 1986 she has worked as a casting director for various feature films, including The Last Samurai (2003), which she also associate-produced. She continues to be active as a casting director, working with many directors including Rob Marshall, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, James Mangold and Angelina Jolie.


Constance J. Peak

Co-Founder, MVI Advisors; Co-Founder IMPACT Leadership 21

Ms. Peak is a public speaker and businesswoman, in addition to being the Co-Founder of MVI Advisors and Co-Founder of IMPACT Leadership 21, serving as the Chair of the Global Advisory Council. She is active at the United Headquarters, NYC, of an NGO (FSUN-UNO), and Observer in General Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC. Ms. Peak is a Master Certified Coach Trainer (MCCT) and known for her expertise in Perceptual and Behavioral Development. She teaches an independent course at Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) on Attunement and Tenacity as part of the IMPACT Framework. She speaks regularly on transitional thinking and writes about it in her popular blog, MoreLemonsPlease.com, which seeks to inspire life altering changes.


Janet C. Salazar

Co-Founder and CEO, IMPACT Leadership 21

Ms. Salazar, Co-Founder and CEO of IMPACT Leadership 21, serves as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN), an international NGO in General Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC and associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. She is also the President and Co-Founder of Maverick Vision International Advisors, a New York–based global firm of experts providing highly specialized consulting, coaching, training and advisory services on multicultural leadership development and platforms. As a Certified Executive Coach and a Certified Master Coach, her expertise is assisting leaders in creating authentic, long lasting impact in their organizations and personal lives. She trains senior executives to maximize their abilities to coach and unleash the potential of emerging leaders.


Masako Unoura

Founder, Love to Nippon Project; Director, Environmental Management, Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects

Ms. Unoura is a survivor of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. She established the Love to Nippon Project, an annual memorial event at the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters to promote awareness of the natural disaster, as well as serve as a remembrance of those who lost their lives or their loved ones. Prior to becoming a U.S. resident, Ms. Unoura was one of the founding members of the Zero Emission Research Initiative at the United Nations University (UNU/ZERI); a UN think tank in Tokyo. She was instrumental in promoting a new concept and new environmental initiatives to be implemented in the government, industries and local communities. Ms. Unoura was also appointed by the Japanese government as an Environmental Producer at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture. Ms. Unoura was born in Tokyo, grew up in Ofunato, Iwate, and graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo.


Keiichi Ushijima

Principal Fellow, Ernst & Young Institute, Co., Ltd.

Mr. Ushijima, based in Tokyo, is responsible for research on global business management, sustainability/CSR and Diversity & Inclusion, and is additionally engaged in advisory services for EY clients in these fields. Prior to joining EY, as the global CSR leader at Hitachi, Mr. Ushijima focused on long-term business development, quality of management beyond local laws, and strategic corporate communication. He was dedicated to integrating CSR and business strategy based on the group vision, while identifying material issues that impact on business and society through these activities. He also has experience in global human capital strategy, leadership development, and reforming HR and business operations at Hitachi.


Nadine O. Vogel

CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC

Ms. Vogel is the CEO of Springboard Consulting LLC, a global company working with multinational corporations to successfully mainstream disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Springboard also produces the world-renowned Disability Matters Awards Banquet and Conference. Prior to founding Springboard, Nadine spent over 20 years as a corporate executive. Ms. Vogel is the author of DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed business book. She appears in the media regularly and is recognized as a powerful motivational and inspirational speaker. Honored for her civic and professional activities, Ms. Vogel has received many awards and accolades. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs.


Sakiko Yamada

Founder and CEO, Splendent Group, Splendent Media

Ms. Yamada founded Los Angeles-based film and television production company Splendent Media in 2010. The firm manages American and Asian artists. Splendent Media’s Al Pacino-directed feature film Wilde Salome won the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Ms. Yamada also heads a real estate investment company. For her extensive humanitarian efforts, she was named Veuve Clicquot “Woman of Influence” in 2010 by LVMH Group. She is the youngest Advisory Board Member for St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels Los Angeles. Ms. Yamada also serves as a committee member and protocol consultant for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite, a board member of the International Academy of Gastronomy USA, and president of its Japan chapter which works with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She is certified as a Protocol Officer by the Protocol School of Washington®.

Mistress of Ceremony


Mariko Mikami

Journalist; Member of the Japan Writer’s Association

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). She works for NHK World (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) as a commentator, and other broadcasting bureaus focusing on industrial development in Japan. Following her career as an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Shinshu University, she now provides lectures to business leader communities and intensive courses in the MBA program and policy management at Kyoto University, Cairo University (Egypt), and other institutions. Ms. Mikami also 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.