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When Women Lead: Female Career Empowerment in Japan

August 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

Please join an event featuring well-known female leaders who have played a significant role in empowering women in Japan. Sakie Fukushima, a renowned Japanese business leader, was President & CEO of Korn Ferry Japan, only the second woman to serve on Korn Ferry’s US Board, was Vice-Chair of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), and has served on the board of directors of 12 major Japanese companies. Suzanne Basalla, currently Chief of Staff, Toyota Research Institute, was former EVP and COO of the US-Japan Council and former Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos in the US Embassy of Tokyo. The event will be moderated by Susie Roos, a partner and CAO of Geodesic Capital, who was an employment and labor attorney for 34 years.

Please come hear these three power women tell their stories of how they successfully navigated male-dominated environments and gender bias (before anyone discussed gender bias). They will share stories of how mentors of both genders combined with their hard work and persistence enabled them to work through challenges and rise to the top.

We will also hear about current developments in Japan, the current state of “womenomics” and challenges of changing public policy and the private sector behavior. As we understand the historical and current challenges facing women, but also see some shifts in cultural attitudes and perspectives, what are the next tangible steps for companies and the government to take so that women can contribute their talents to society?

8/14 に SFにてWomen Impact Networking (WIN)イベントを開催いたします。 G&S Global Advisors代表取締役社長、コーン・フェリー・インターナショナル社アジア・パシフィック地域最高顧問を務めた橘・フクシマ・ 咲江氏、そして、ジョン・ルース前駐日米国大使上級顧問を務め、「TOMODACHIイニシアチブ」の企画・策定に大きく貢献、また、元米国海軍将校として米国防総省の日本担当ディレクター&国防長官室日本部長を担当し、現在は Toyota Research Institute で Chief of Staff を務める、Suzanne Basalla 氏が登壇します。また、モデレータを務めるのは、Geodesic Capitalのパートナー兼CAO、雇用・労働専門の弁護士であり雇用法・労使関係の幅広い分野で雇用主にアドバイスを提供している、Susie Roos です。


5:30 – 6:00 pm: Registration and Networking
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Program and Audience Q&A
7:30 pm: Networking


JSNC Member: $10
General/Non-Member: $20


NO WALK-INS! Sales close on 8/14 at 10:30 am.


Sakie Fukushima
President & Representative Director, G&S Global Advisors Inc.

Prior to establishing her own firm in 2010, Ms. Fukushima headed the Japan operations of Korn/Ferry International and served as a member of the firm’s global Board of Directors. From 1987, she worked at Bain & Company in Boston and Tokyo and, before that, as an instructor at Harvard University. Since 2001, she has served on the Board of Directors of 11 Japanese companies including Kao, Sony, Bridgestone, and Mitsubishi Corp. She currently serves on the Board of Konica Minolta, J. Front Retailing, and Ushio Electric. She has also served on the advisory councils of several Japanese government ministries and on the advisory board of the Development Bank of Japan. From 2001-2015, she was vice chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai). In 2008, Business Week selected her to be on the list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential Headhunters” (one of nine women and the only Japanese). She received her B.A. from Seisen University, Ed.M. from Harvard University, and MBA from Stanford University.


Suzanne Basalla
Chief of Staff, Toyota Research Institute

Suzanne Basalla serves as Chief of Staff, Toyota Research Institute. From October 2012-March 2017, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S.-Japan Council, an educational non-profit dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through people-to-people connections, especially investing in next generation leaders through the TOMODACHI Initiative. From March 2010-September 2012, Suzanne served as Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos in U.S. Embassy Tokyo. In that capacity, she supported the Ambassador on the full portfolio of security, economic, political and cultural issues in the U.S.-Japan relationship. Previous to her Embassy assignment, she was Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, she served as an officer in the United States Navy, including assignments in Japan, the Pentagon, and Diego Garcia. Suzanne received a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the George Washington University and graduated from the University of Virginia. In 2008, she received the inaugural Ryozo Kato Award for service to the U.S.-Japan Alliance.


Susie Roos
Partner and CAO, Geodesic Capital

Susan (Susie) Roos is a partner and CAO of Geodesic Capital. Prior to Geodesic, Ms. Roos was an employment and labor attorney with substantial experience advising and counseling employers in all areas of employment law and labor relations.  Her practice included defending employers in wrongful termination, wage and hour issues, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and trade secret litigation before United States federal and state courts. As wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ms. Roos lived in Tokyo, Japan from August 2009 to August 2013. While in Tokyo, Ms. Roos was an active voice supporting efforts to empower women in the workplace in Japan, and played an active role in the U.S. response to March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.  Susie received her A.B. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. She enjoys snow skiing, golf, gardening, politics, and movies. She is an avid fan of all Stanford athletic teams, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area professional teams….Giants, 49ers and the Golden State Warriors.


This Program is generously sponsored by Susie Roos, and the venue is kindly provided by PwC.


August 14, 2019
5:30 pm


PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
3 Embarcadero Center, Floor 20
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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(415) 498-5000
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