2019 WOMEN'S SUMMIT & GALA

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TRANSCEND: NEVER STOP LEARNING

This powerful half-day conference features seminars, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Connect with like-minded motivated women and inspiring mentors to build your network. Attend these breakout sessions to gain new insights, practical strategies and skills for your personal and professional development.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LUCY CRAFT

Ms. Craft was born in 1957 in North Carolina, USA. After graduating from the Department of History, majoring in Middle East Studies at the University of Maryland in 1978, she moved to New York to join Intensive Japanese-language Course from 1981 to 1982 and received a Master's degree in International Relations at Columbia University.

For three years from 1978, Ms. Craft worked for news agencies and periodicals in Washington, D.C., specialized in topics on the US Congress and the vicinity of the capital. Since 1982, she has been active as a freelance journalist in Japan and Asia based in Tokyo. Ms. Craft has covered a wide range of media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV broadcast featuring news and articles on business, advanced technologies, culture and social issues. Currently, she serves on the frontline as a reporter and producer on radio and TV broadcast at the Tokyo branch of CBS News, a major US network.

In the fall of 2011, Ms. Craft teamed up with two American journalists, the eldest daughters of war brides, to launch a film project. In 2014, she raised money for the plan with crowdfunding and reached the goal in ten days. Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides was completed in August 2015, screened in the fall at the Boston Asian American Film Festival  and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival .

Lucy Craft  TV Producer, Journalist, the Tokyo branch, CBS News

Lucy Craft
TV Producer, Journalist, the Tokyo branch, CBS News


2019 Women’s Summit Schedule

11/16(Sat.) Tokyo Midtown (Midtown Tower 4F)

12:30 - 12:45 Summit Reistration

Sessions (Room 3)

12:45 - 13:15 THE CHOICE OPENING SESSION: THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF EXECUTIVE WOMEN
13:20 - 14:50 THE ESSENCE OF LOGICAL COMMUNICATION
15:00 - 16:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: EXECUTIVE WOMEN, FINDING THEIR VOICE - STRATEGIES TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER
16:30 - 17:20 NETWORKING: THE CHOICE 2019 - THE BIGGEST GATHERING! 

17:30 - 18:30 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LUCY CRAFT (Room7)

SUMMIT ENDS

19:00 - 21:00 Women’s Summit Gala - by invitation ONLY (Room 7)


SESSIONS

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THE CHOICE OPENING SESSION: THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF EXECUTIVE WOMEN

Chi Otsuka, the founder of THE CHOICE, will welcome you to Women’s Summit with her powerful opening remarks. While walking through the activities and achievements, Chi will present the three key elements of how professional women can play an active part as executives. THE CHOICE is the place for female professionals who continue to transform. Take advantage of this opportunity to face yourself and what you are looking for at the very moment. How did your life change in 2019? What is your resolution in the future? Bring all of them with you on the day!

Speaker: Chizuru Otsuka

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THE ESSENCE OF LOGICAL COMMUNICATION

Logical communication skills can be used as an "OS" for delivering your message with clarity in terms of business problem-solving. This is a great opportunity to recognize the purpose of acquiring the skills for leaders and who aim to achieve those positions in organizations as well as learn some tips to take root in your team.

-        What is Logical Communication?
-        The objective for leaders and those with intent to obtain the roles
-        Mini exercise with tips on how to apply the skills practically

Speaker: Hanako Teruya

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PANEL DISCUSSION: EXECUTIVE WOMEN, FINDING THEIR VOICE - STRATEGIES TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER

THE CHOICE Accelerators who have achieved success through different career paths will talk about their journey and accomplishments, covering 'Transcend' - this year's theme for Women’s Summit. A magnificent panel that can only be realized with THE CHOICE where executives from various industries gather all at once. Join to discover the truth of high-performing women and secrets to survive!

Facilitator: Kyoko Gasqueres
Panelists:
Yoshiko Inoue CooperVision Japan, General Director/Representative Director
Naoko Kabaya LVMH Watch & Jewelry Japan K.K. CHAUMET Division, General Manager
Chiharu Yamagami Global Investment Bank, Managing Director, Operations Division

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NETWORKING: THE CHOICE 2019 - THE BIGGEST GATHERING! 

EXCLUSIVE TO: All THE CHOICE members and invited guests

Connect with people from various industries and career stages after the powerful seminar! Networking is the core value of THE CHOICE - enjoy the dynamic time at the summit with the highest attendance thorough out the year. Seize the moment to catch up with other members and get to know their guests.

SPEAKER BIOS

Chizuru Otsuka [THE CHOICE Co-Founder]   Chi has 20 years of experience in Human Resources in New York and Asia. Her career began at a Japanese trading company after which she joined a leading U.S. investment bank. There, she was involved in the talent development and management of over 4,000 employees, serving as a trusted advisor to senior business leaders and led human resources teams supporting revenue divisions across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, Chi embarked on a new venture to empower professionals through one-on-one coaching and group training seminars to assist them in advancing their careers. She specializes in high-potential female professionals, working closely with them to successfully become impactful and empathetic leaders that are able to navigate the modern workplace. Her consulting engagements are broadly focused on key themes including diversity strategy, organizational development, leadership and talent management, and career transition strategies. Chi received her certification in Organizational Development through New York University.

Chizuru Otsuka
[THE CHOICE Co-Founder]

Chi has 20 years of experience in Human Resources in New York and Asia. Her career began at a Japanese trading company after which she joined a leading U.S. investment bank. There, she was involved in the talent development and management of over 4,000 employees, serving as a trusted advisor to senior business leaders and led human resources teams supporting revenue divisions across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, Chi embarked on a new venture to empower professionals through one-on-one coaching and group training seminars to assist them in advancing their careers. She specializes in high-potential female professionals, working closely with them to successfully become impactful and empathetic leaders that are able to navigate the modern workplace. Her consulting engagements are broadly focused on key themes including diversity strategy, organizational development, leadership and talent management, and career transition strategies. Chi received her certification in Organizational Development through New York University.

Kyoko Gasqueres [THE CHOICE Tokyo Chapter Head]   Founder and CEO of anzucco. Kyoko's career began as an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley, followed by Goldman Sachs. Upon witnessing the challenges of female colleagues in the office who find it difficult to continue working after having children, she discovered that Japan lagged in prenatal and postpartum services for women. In 2014, she left the financial industry and founded anzucco, a company specializing in prenatal and postpartum services. The company provides new services that mothers seek and need, but also innovative career opportunities for midwives. Inspired by THE CHOICE’s mission to support working women, she has joined as the Director of its Tokyo Chapter. From 2018, she started a role as a business consultant at an international company utilizing her financial background and experience as an entrepreneur. She balances her multiple careers as a working mother.

Kyoko Gasqueres
[THE CHOICE Tokyo Chapter Head]

Founder and CEO of anzucco. Kyoko's career began as an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley, followed by Goldman Sachs. Upon witnessing the challenges of female colleagues in the office who find it difficult to continue working after having children, she discovered that Japan lagged in prenatal and postpartum services for women. In 2014, she left the financial industry and founded anzucco, a company specializing in prenatal and postpartum services. The company provides new services that mothers seek and need, but also innovative career opportunities for midwives. Inspired by THE CHOICE’s mission to support working women, she has joined as the Director of its Tokyo Chapter. From 2018, she started a role as a business consultant at an international company utilizing her financial background and experience as an entrepreneur. She balances her multiple careers as a working mother.

Hanako Teruya [Guest Speaker]   As a Communications Specialist, Hanako provides support for the establishment of logical communication in enterprises with a variety of training programs on logical thinking and communication from the planning phase to implementation. She also serves as a visiting professor at Business Breakthrough University Graduate School, in charge of graduation research in the Business Management Course, and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School, responsible for logical writing in the Business Administration Program.  After graduating from the Department of Sociology at the University of Tokyo, Ms. Teruya worked as a Public Relations staff at Isetan, and joined McKinsey & Company. At the firm, she enhanced her communication skills through logical configuration and by giving advice on Japanese expressions for consulting reports, as well as, conducting trainings on logical composition for clients in which encouraged her to embark on a journey of starting a business. Her publications include Best Solution - Logical Communication Skill Training , (co-authored), Best Solution - Logical Writing  and  Logical Thinking Workbook , issued by Toyo Keizai.

Hanako Teruya
[Guest Speaker]

As a Communications Specialist, Hanako provides support for the establishment of logical communication in enterprises with a variety of training programs on logical thinking and communication from the planning phase to implementation. She also serves as a visiting professor at Business Breakthrough University Graduate School, in charge of graduation research in the Business Management Course, and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School, responsible for logical writing in the Business Administration Program.

After graduating from the Department of Sociology at the University of Tokyo, Ms. Teruya worked as a Public Relations staff at Isetan, and joined McKinsey & Company. At the firm, she enhanced her communication skills through logical configuration and by giving advice on Japanese expressions for consulting reports, as well as, conducting trainings on logical composition for clients in which encouraged her to embark on a journey of starting a business. Her publications includeBest Solution - Logical Communication Skill Training, (co-authored),Best Solution - Logical Writing and Logical Thinking Workbook, issued by Toyo Keizai.

 
Yoshiko Inoue  CooperVision Japan General Director/Representative Director  [Accelerator]   After graduating from Keio University, Yoshiko gained marketing experience in consumer industries at Kao Corporation and Johnson & Johnson, as well as earned an MBA degree at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Yoshiko previously worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Then she joined Medtronic Japan, a major medical treatment device company, appointed as the Head of Global Marketing for Asia Region in the diabetes fields and Business Development Director of Southeast Asia Division, based in the US and Singapore.  In 2014, Yoshiko joined CooperVision Japan as Marketing Leader, later became the Head of Sales Department, supervising nationwide sales teams, and served as the General Manager of the Commercial Division that oversees the entire organization along with the field site. She is in the current position since May 2019, engaged in improving the corporate value of incumbents, putting emphasis on their bottom-up management and partnership with clients.

Yoshiko Inoue
CooperVision Japan
General Director/Representative Director
[Accelerator]

After graduating from Keio University, Yoshiko gained marketing experience in consumer industries at Kao Corporation and Johnson & Johnson, as well as earned an MBA degree at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Yoshiko previously worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Then she joined Medtronic Japan, a major medical treatment device company, appointed as the Head of Global Marketing for Asia Region in the diabetes fields and Business Development Director of Southeast Asia Division, based in the US and Singapore.

In 2014, Yoshiko joined CooperVision Japan as Marketing Leader, later became the Head of Sales Department, supervising nationwide sales teams, and served as the General Manager of the Commercial Division that oversees the entire organization along with the field site. She is in the current position since May 2019, engaged in improving the corporate value of incumbents, putting emphasis on their bottom-up management and partnership with clients.

Naoko Kabaya  LVMH Watch & Jewelry Japan K.K. CHAUMET Division, General Manager  [Accelerator]   Naoko began her career at CS First Boston as an analyst in the M&A Division. She also worked at McKinsey & Company as a consultant. Naoko has been involved with luxury brands for 20 years in various capacities including project management, retail, digital marketing and e-commerce for Cartier Richemont Group, LVMH Group and De Beers. As General Manager of CHAUMET (LVMH Group) in Japan, Naoko is focused on expanding the presence of the brand. Naoko’s family consists of her husband, a son in high school and her Papillon. In her spare time, Naoko pursues her interests in kendo, ink wash painting and traveling.

Naoko Kabaya
LVMH Watch & Jewelry Japan K.K. CHAUMET Division, General Manager
[Accelerator]

Naoko began her career at CS First Boston as an analyst in the M&A Division. She also worked at McKinsey & Company as a consultant. Naoko has been involved with luxury brands for 20 years in various capacities including project management, retail, digital marketing and e-commerce for Cartier Richemont Group, LVMH Group and De Beers. As General Manager of CHAUMET (LVMH Group) in Japan, Naoko is focused on expanding the presence of the brand. Naoko’s family consists of her husband, a son in high school and her Papillon. In her spare time, Naoko pursues her interests in kendo, ink wash painting and traveling.

Chiharu Yamagami  Global Investment Bank  Managing Director, Operations Division  [Accelerator]    While she was still a university student, Chiharu launched a kimono business in Kyoto and Osaka. After returning to Tokyo, she worked as a dispatch worker for a few years until she began her new journey at her current office in 2005. She served as the General Manager of Domestic Business Operations and supervised a part of Asia Pacific. Under the motto “A bottom-up approach first,” Ms. Yamagami now travels all around Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. as the General Manager of Asia Region. To survive in the evolving market, she is committed to promote automation together with AI and RPA advancement and deliver key messages to the next generation.  Married to a professional saxophone player with over 30 years of experience, Chiharu enjoys the gap between each other’s work.

Chiharu Yamagami
Global Investment Bank
Managing Director, Operations Division
[Accelerator]


While she was still a university student, Chiharu launched a kimono business in Kyoto and Osaka. After returning to Tokyo, she worked as a dispatch worker for a few years until she began her new journey at her current office in 2005. She served as the General Manager of Domestic Business Operations and supervised a part of Asia Pacific. Under the motto “A bottom-up approach first,” Ms. Yamagami now travels all around Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. as the General Manager of Asia Region. To survive in the evolving market, she is committed to promote automation together with AI and RPA advancement and deliver key messages to the next generation.

Married to a professional saxophone player with over 30 years of experience, Chiharu enjoys the gap between each other’s work.