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8th Annual Women's Leadership Counts VIRTUAL Conference - “EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION: Making a Difference Through Inclusive Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility"

  • Thursday, November 04, 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Virtual Conference


(depends on selected options)

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The Japan America Society of Southern California Presents
8th Annual Women's Leadership Counts VIRTUAL Conference

Making a Difference Through Inclusive Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility

Strong leaders who drive positive change through inclusive leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are essential to long-term business success and sustainable growth as investors and shareholders demand that management focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. Studies show that companies with higher representation of women at the executive levels are significantly more likely to outperform those with fewer or no women executives[1].

In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to reconceptualize traditional business models and address the growing interest in ESG matters, including diversity and inclusion.

Join us for an interactive discussion with three innovative and inclusive leaders on this critical topic that matters now more than ever.

[1] Diversity Wins: How inclusion matters, McKinsey & Co., May 2020.

2021 Featured Speakers


Teruko Wada
International Affairs Bureau,


Chair of the Board
National Commissioner
Girl Scouts of Japan


Kathy Matsui
Founding General Partner
of MPower Partners,
Japan's First ESG-focused
Global VC Fund

Former Vice Chair
Goldman Sachs Japan


Albert Chu
Co-Chief Digital Officer
& Senior Vice President,
SOMPO Holdings, Inc.

SOMPO Digital Lab, Inc.

 Panel Moderator
 Conference MC

Debra Nakatomi
Nakatomi & Associates


Joan Haratani
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 (PDT) / Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 (JST)

  • 5:00-6:00 pm (PDT) / 9:00-10:00 am (JST)  Virtual Conference
  • 6:00-6:30 pm (PDT) / 10:00-10:30 am (JST)  Virtual Networking

This conference which will be hosted utilizing a digital conference system

Admission to Virtual WLC Conference 2020

  • JASSC Members & Cooperating Organization Members - $50
  • Non-Members - $75
  • Students - FREE w/Valid Student I.D.

Admission to WLC Virtual Conference includes complimentary registration for the event below:

<WLC Conference Bonus Event>
Resiliency and Mentorship - an Exclusive Fireside Chat with Olympian Mirai Nagasu

Wednesday, August 19, 2021

5:00-5:45 pm (PDT)
9:00-9:45 am (JST)

Click Here for Event Details

<Join us after the Fireside Chat for a chance to build your

network and make new friends!>

Virtual Speed Mentoring & Networking Mixer

5:00-5:45 pm (PDT)

10:00-10:45 am (JST)
Click Here for Details

About Women's Leadership Counts Initiative

In 2014, the Japan America Society of Southern California's Women's Leadership Counts Initiative (WLCI) was created as a first-of-its-kind initiative to provide a platform for women in business on both sides of the Pacific to engage in professional and leadership development. 

Together with our partner organizations, business executives and community leaders, the WLCI will create a network that inspires action and moves the needle on women's leadership.

WLCI's Mission Statement

To provide an inclusive and diverse platform for women in business to engage in professional and global leadership development.

Who Should Attend

Current and future corporate, business, academic, non-profit and entrepreneurial women and men leaders who value the U.S-Japan collaboration and wish to expand their networks.

Why You Should Attend

  1. LEARN from global leaders – Understanding the culture of the parent  company, management, or client from Japan or overseas is key to having a successful career.

  2. DISCOVER your potential – Build leadership and management skills and navigate through unique corporate culture in a professional environment.

  3. INVEST in yourself – Exchange ideas as well as challenges you are facing with peers and mentors, and learn tactics to advance your career. 

  4. BUILD your professional network – Meet a diverse group of women and men representing a wide variety of industries.

Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

For attractive sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joanna Metoki at metoki@jas-socal.org

A Special "Thank You" to our First Confirmed Sponsors of 2021!



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