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The COVID-19 global pandemic led to the surge of another disorder—burnout. Since 2019, burnout is categorized in the World Health Organization’s International Disease Classification (ICD-11) as a “syndrome that results from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”  Work-related stress continues to negatively impact productivity in the “new normal.”  Since burnout is such a significant issue for women at work, failure to address it will undermine organizations’ gender-equality ambitions1. How can leaders help mitigate burnout and foster engagement, trust, and career satisfaction in their organizations?  Join us as our speakers candidly discuss the sensitive topic of burnout. The speakers will share their insights on action-oriented steps an organization and individuals can take, including how to build an emotionally intelligent culture, the adoption of empathetic leadership, flexible working conditions, and lasting solutions to contribute to higher job satisfaction, motivation, productivity, and positive change in today’s workplace.

1 Per Deloitte’s, Women at Work 2022: A Global Outlook, which surveyed 5,000 women in 10 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States).

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Conference Venue:
Miyako Hybrid Hotel
21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501


2:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception:
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Admission Fee:

Individual Attendance- $200

2022 Featured Speakers and Moderator


Christopher D. Connors
Leadership Speaker, Author,
Executive Coach

Cathi Cunningham
Deloitte & Touche LLP


Andrea Zoeckler
COO & CFO, Epson America Inc,;
Executive Officer,
Seiko Epson Corp.

Carol Shepperd, CTP
(Panel Moderator)
SVP, Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo


About the Speakers
(in order of appearance)

Cathi Cunningham

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Cathi Cunningham is a Partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP's Health Care Provider Practice and has been with Deloitte for over 25 years.  Cathi is a CPA and a former Audit Partner.  During her tenure in the audit practice, she has served not-for-profit and for-profit organizations both in and outside of the healthcare industry. She has led large M&A transactions, IPOs, secondary equity offerings, and has issued audit opinions.

Today, Cathi leads Deloitte’s relationship with our most valued health care clients. This role involves serving as a thought partner on emerging industry matters, bringing specialists from the entire firm in to advise clients, providing access to leadership development opportunities.

In addition to serving her clients, Cathi is Deloitte’s West Hub Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader which includes setting the strategy and conducting programs to support the firm’s drive towards an equitable and inclusive culture.  These activities include leading programs, providing development opportunities, facilitating critical topical discussions and connecting with our people.  Cathi supports the DEI National Communities which include Asian & Allies, Black & Allies, Hispanic and Latinx & Allies, LGBTQIA & Allies, People with Disabilities & Allies, Veterans, Military & Allies, and Women & Allies.  In addition, the West Hub local communities.

Cathi serves on the Board of Partners in Care Foundation and the Advisory Board for College Track Los Angeles.

Cathi received her bachelor’s in accounting from California State University, Long Beach.  She is a California CPA and member of the CalCPA and AICPA.

Christopher D. Connors
Leadership Speaker, Author,
Executive Coach

Christopher D. Connors is the bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence for the Modern Leader and The Value of You. He is a keynote speaker and executive leadership coach who helps leaders increase their emotional intelligence, prioritize results and build thriving organizations. Christopher works with executives and leaders at Fortune 1000 companies and with organizations spanning many industries. His writing has appeared in CNBC, World Economic Forum, Thrive Global and Medium. Emotional Intelligence for the Modern Leader, is one of the top selling emotional intelligence books in the world. Christopher is happily married to his beautiful wife and is the proud father of three amazing, rambunctious baseball-loving boys. He lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Andrea Zoeckler
COO & CFO, Epson America Inc.;
Executive Officer, Seiko Epson Corp.

Andrea Zoeckler is the COO & CFO of Epson America Inc. and an Executive Officer of Seiko Epson Corp. Throughout her tenure, Andrea Zoeckler has provided leadership to Epson America’s comprehensive and integrated finance, service, and operations across the Americas where she is responsible for business in 24 countries, conducted in 11 currencies supported by a team of 1,425 employees in North and Latin America. Most recently, Zoeckler was appointed Executive Officer of Seiko Epson Corporation, parent company of Epson America – representing the first woman executive appointed to this position.

Outside of her many achievements related to business, Zoeckler serves as a mentor to female leaders at Epson America through an internal mentorship program. Not only does she take on mentees, including one who was recently promoted, but she also serves as an executive sponsor and advocate for Epson’s Leadership development program. This program includes several high-potential women who have very promising careers. Zoeckler feels that it’s important to invest in not only their careers, but the careers of anyone else who approaches her for mentorship. 

She is also an active contributor across a range of professional and local community organizations, holding board seats, and regularly participating in industry discussions, conferences, and events. An active member of the Financial Executives International, not only has she provided one of the keynote addresses “The Partnership of CFOs and Human Resources” to the Los Angeles chapter where she’s an active member, in 2020 she was recognized as one of six national recipients of the 2020 Women ICONS in Business Award.

Panel Moderator

Carol Shepperd

Senior Vice President
Commercial Banking
Wells Fargo

Carol Shepperd is a Senior Vice President with the Wells Fargo LA Central Commercial Banking office where she is responsible for the origination, conversion, and deepening of client relationships with corporations in the Greater Los Angeles area.

With over 15 years of commercial & international banking experience, Carol works with companies in a variety of industries & business stages, ranging from pre-revenue up to $3Bn in annual sales. Together with her partners across the firm, she & her team can deliver the necessary industry expertise & customized financial solutions that include senior debt, treasury management, owner-occupied & investor real estate lending, trade finance, risk management, and investment banking solutions.

In her spare time, Carol is also the producer & host of an online talk show called “Funny Business,” airing live on Twitch, where she sits down with a variety of guests to discuss their business endeavors & lessons learned. The show has enabled her to achieve Twitch Affiliate status.   

Carol currently resides in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles with her husband & two children, where she is on the Board of Governors for the Japan America Society of Southern California. Carol earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and Business Honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Workshop Venue:

Deloitte MBS Media Campus
1600 Rosecrans Avenue Building 7, Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

4:30 p.m.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

About the Speaker

 Sami Toussi
Business + Life Strategist,

International Speaker

Toussi International

Sami is an experienced business and life strategist
and international speaker. Sami graduated from UCLA and
quickly rose through the ranks of corporate management,
leading an executive team by her mid-twenties.
Despite her early success her experience
caused her to question the fullness and purpose of her life.
Seeking answers Sami further delved into the coaching world
and underwent five years of training to become a Board Certified
Coach. In 2016, Sami founded Toussi International which has
delivered coaching to hundreds of clients across the US, Europe,
Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Sami has a passion for
business innovation and personal development, and through her
skillset has transformed the lives of 500+ clients from launching
multi-million dollar businesses, finishing novels and transitioning
into purposeful careers. To date, she has run 70+ workshops
worldwide at companies including Meta, WeWork, ZipRecruiter,
Hubud Bali and spoke at ImpactHub Lisbon back in 2018.
Read more about Toussi by visiting her

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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

  • 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
  • DISCOVER your potential - Build leadership and management skills and navigate through unique corporate culture in a professional environment
  • INVEST in yourself – Exchange ideas as well as challenges you are facing with peers and mentors, and learn tactics to advance your career
  • BUILD your professional network – Meet a diverse group of women and men representing a wide variety of industries

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