From Locker Room to C Suite


Kick off the new year at FEW's January Monthly Meeting to learn how to leverage an ‘atypical’ background in the corporate world. Dr. Yumi Tomei, former captain of the Japan Women's National Football team and an expert on leadership and team-building, and Janelle Sasaki, Japan Area Leader for EY's Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) will speak about how women athletes are contributing to the business world after their sports careers.

How Japan’s women athletes are re-defining leadership in business

Being a professional athlete leading a football team and being a strong leader for a company are not that different. After a successful career as a professional athlete, representing Japan at the Atlanta Olympics and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Yumi Tomei went back to graduate school to study organizational dynamics. Currently an associate professor in the Department of Business at Kanto Gakuen University, Tomei will reflect on what her career as a professional athlete taught her about leadership, and how she leveraged those skills to create a second career in business and research.

Our second guest, Janelle Sasaki, has promoted diversity and inclusion throughout her career in the United States and Japan. She has learned that talented leaders come from all sorts of fields and backgrounds; wise companies know how to identify and leverage those ‘atypical’ candidates. Leading the EY Women Athletes Business Network, Janelle will talk about the necessity for companies and HR professionals to re-calibrate their mindset in order to recognize and leverage the dedication, drive, and leadership skills of women athletes.

Together, the two speakers will discuss how Japanese corporations could more effectively leverage atypical talents as well as share the challenges and opportunities that come from supporting women athletes as they transition to careers in business.

Thu Jan 17, 2019
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM JST
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