The Japan Society of Northern California is pleased to welcome our longtime friend, Kathy Matsui, vice chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, to speak on her new book “How to Nurture Female Employees.” Over 20 years ago, Ms. Matsui coined the phrase Womenomics when she began her research on how empowering women could bolster Japan’s rapidly aging society. Prime Minister Abe’s Third Arrow for economic revitalization included women’s empowerment initiatives including setting targets for women in supervisory positions in all fields. These targets have not yet been met.
Believing that government actions can only take matters so far, Kathy provides the additional measures that can and need to be taken at the corporate and organizational levels for the next wave of change. Her new book highlights that to be effective, diversity policies need to be set at the top, so that there is an entire culture of supporting women within a company. Kathy Matsui provides concrete advice in the book such as “Ask twice.” Women may need to be asked twice before accepting a promotion. She advises that managers need to encourage women to learn to promote themselves. Mentors and sponsors can be instrumental in promoting confidence in a society where women have not received equal treatment and may lack confidence. The reality is the talent of women needs to be mobilized, not for social merits, but for long-term sustainable future competitiveness.
The timing of this book comes at a time where merits of diversity, backed by new research, are promoted each day. Proper policies today can start to have an immediate impact today, and will ripple into prosperity in the future. The time to learn and act is now. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. We look forward to seeing you!
This event is part of our Women’s Impact Network programming. As always, we welcome both women and men to join this event!
Date and Time:
September 9th, 2020 @ 5 PM Pacific Time (8 PM Eastern Time)
September 10th, 2020 @ 9 AM Japan Time
5:00 – 5:05 p.m. – Welcome and Zoom Tutorial
5:05 – 5:10 p.m. – Opening Remark | Tracy Gopal, Principal, Third Arrow Strategies
5:05 – 5:30 p.m. – Kathy Matsui | Vice-Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan
5:30 – 5:50 p.m. – Q&A Moderator, Tracy Gopal, Principal, Third Arrow Strategies
5:50 – 6:00 p.m. – Breakout session | Virtual Networking
6:00 p.m. – Closing
Kathy Matsui | Vice-Chair, Goldman Sachs Japan
Kathy is vice chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, co-head of Macro Research in Asia and chief Japan equity strategist. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. Executive Committee. Kathy joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. Kathy has been ranked No. 1 in Japan Equity Strategy by Institutional Investor multiple times. She was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “10 Women to Watch in Asia” for her work on the “Womenomics” theme and was also named to Bloomberg Markets magazine’s “50 Most Influential” list in 2014.
Prior to joining the firm, Kathy was chief Japan strategist for Barclays de Zoete Wedd Securities for four years and worked at the Export-Import Bank of Japan’s Washington, DC office for two years. She is a policy commentator for Japan’s Cabinet Office and has served on numerous Japanese government committees aimed at promoting gender diversity.
Kathy is a board member of the Asian University for Women (AUW) Support Foundation, chair of the Board of Councilors (Japan) of the US-Japan Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of Keizai Doyukai and a trustee of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Japan Society Fund Against Breast Cancer.
Kathy earned an AB, magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard University and an MA from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She has conducted research on Japanese foreign policy at Kobe University Graduate School on a Rotary Scholarship.
キャシー松井 Kathy Matsui