2018 Japan WINConference

Join the Japan WINConference 10/11 May

This event will provide you with inspiration, knowledge, practical tools and contacts to help you succeed and prepare for the future. It will help you lead the way and support others that do so too. WIN will inspire you and accompany you on your journey as an integrated global, authentic and feminine leader. Becoming a part of the WINConference also gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an exchange of best practices with companies embracing diversity, initiating inclusive cultures and where you can find women leading the way. 

We ask: Who are the individuals and organizations leading the way with purpose, creating work places with meaning, and developing societies where everyone has the freedom of choice in a world in which we all flourish? We also look at how and why you are called to step up and create the future you envision – and actively support others in doing so. 

When: 10-11 May 2018

Where: IBM Offices | 19-21 Nihonbashi, Hakozaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8510

Who: Women and men in senior and middle management, consultants, entrepreneurs, NGO, leaders, politicians, artists, all longing for a positive change in their world, work and life.... YOU!

What: A global leadership conference and summit of plenary sessions, workshops, working forums, a networking lunch and dinner connecting you to ideas, energy and people.

Why: Join to inspire and be inspired, to learn and to share, to create and co-create, to contribute and to connect with ideas, yourself and other outstanding leaders from Japan and the rest of the world.

Become updated on the emerging global trends and the new changing global context.

Discover how women can collaborate to lead a gender based work agenda towards a thriving future in Japan.

Explore how organizations and individuals create the future.

Learn how to find possibilities which enable companies, employees, clients and society to grow in a sustainable way.

Become the inspiration and noble agent of possibility that we each need to become.

Learn how to accelerate your journey, develop skills, increase confidence and become an authentic leader.



Super Early Bird Ticket until 20 April

Standard: JPY 29,000

Subsidized*: JPY 19,000

plus JPY for Gala dinner

Ticket from 21 April (until 7 May)

Standard: JPY 39,000

Subsidized*: JPY 29,000

plus JPY  5000 for Gala dinner


  • Standard Ticket is available to all professional participants (entrepreneurs, consultants, professionals, corporations etc).
  • Subsidized  Individual Ticket is for women in transition, students, pensioners and NGOs (subject to verification) - no additional discounts are given on the subsidized fee. 

* JPY10,000 discount on the Standard Ticket is available for members of WIN partner networks only (they then get subsidized ticket)

The Conference fee includes: 5 Outstanding Plenaries, 3 Learning Workshop Series, 3 Coffee Breaks, 1 Networking Lunch, and Conference Learning Materials. The fee for the WIN Celebration Dinner is JPY 5,000 paid separately - please confirm your attendance during the registration process.  

Please note, the promotional price is valid only when paid in full before the end of the promotional period. Some exceptions may apply for special registration categories andticket discounts. From 7 May, a late admin fee of JPY 10,000 will be added to the conference fee.



DAY 1 – Thursday, 10th May


08.45    Plenary room doors open

09.00    Opening Ceremony


·       Kristin Engvig, Norwegian, CEO & Founder, WIN

·       Zane Zumbahlen, American, Vice President, Human Resources, IBM Japan

·       Yuri Tokushima, Japanese, Violinist


09.15    Plenary The Global Picture                  Room 301


·       Naoko Nemoto, Japanese, Economist, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo            

·       Francesco Fini, Italian, Deputy Head, EU Delegation to Japan  

·      Norishige Morimoto, Japanese, Vice President, IBM Research and Development, Japan     


10.00    Tea & Coffee


10.15    Plenary: The Future Company Room 301


·       Kaoru Inahara, Japanese, Director, Large Advertiser and Agency Marketing, Google

·       David Shirt, British, Japan Country Head, Macquarie Group

·     Kiyo OgushiJapanese, President & CEO, Fuji Xerox Learning Institute Inc.    

·       Wenche Andersen, Norwegian, President and Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime (KM) China

·       Rosalia Thomas, Cuban, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, IBM


11.30    Lunch              IBM Restaurant


12.30   Participants proceed to their respective breakout session rooms.


12.45    Breakout Sessions: Interactive Forum & Workshop Please choose 1 to attend.


1.     Corporate Forum on Diversity and Inclusion: Creating the Inclusive Company

Room 301


·       Janelle Sasaki, American, Executive Director - EY Gender Brand, Marketing & Communications, Japan Area Leader - Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) (Moderator)

·       Yuta Hasumi, Japanese, Diversity & Inclusion Evangelist (Moderator)

·       ChiaFang Hu, Taiwanese, General Manager, Mars Japan

·       Erika Shirai, Japanese, General Manager, Diversity Development Office, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

·       Mengjuan Li, Chinese, Head of Human Resources,  Johnson & Johnson, Family of Companies in Japan


2.     What is the nature of dialogue?

Room 302

By  Akiko Moriyama, Japanese, President, Halenowa Inc. & Annette Karseras, British, Consultant – Coach, Caizen 


3.     Rethinking Career Strengths: Shifting from capability to energy.       

Room 303

By Jennifer Shinkai, British, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Leadership Coach, Jennifer Shinkai Coaching


14.15    Tea & Coffee


14.45   Plenary: Women Leaders with Vision & the Future Career       Room 301


·       Yuri Tokushima, Japanese, Violinist

·       Janelle Sasaki, American, Executive Director - EY Gender Brand, Marketing & Communications, Japan Area Leader - Women Athletes Business Network (WABN)

·       Yoshie Shigemitsu, Japanese, Executive Vice President of Shigemitsu Industry Co. Ltd.

·       Fiona Cully, British, Director, Diversity & Inclusion for International, The New York Times

·       Miyuki Suzuki, Japanese, President, Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan


16.15      Closing Plenary: Expanding Possibilities                   Room 301


Opening possibilities, networking, mentoring and embracing a global mind-set 


17.45      End of Day 1


19.00    Gala Dinner & the WIN Japan Award Ceremony   Park Royal Hotel


·       Kumi Ito, Japanese, CEO, Name 4U Lifecare Inc


21.00    Dinner ends



DAY 2 – Friday, 11th May


09.00    Breakout Sessions: 2 Interactive Workshops              Please choose 1 session to attend.


1.     Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur                   

Room 303

By Amanda Chehrezad, American, Senior Member Development Manager, USA Girl Scouts Overseas


2.       Walk your way into success

Room 302

By Steven Haynes, American, Universal Charisma Trainer, Steven Style


10.30    Tea & Coffee

11.00    Closing Plenary: Realizing You, Realizing us               Room 301



·       Sachiko MaruyamaJapanese, Representative, Global Women’s Association

·       Steliana van de Rijt-EconomuRomanian-Dutch, Global HR Manager - Shell, Leadership Coach & Author  - Mothers as Leaders

·       Heather McLeishAmerican, Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services CCaSS), Ernst & Young ShinNiho LLC


12.30    The End                     

Speaker Profiles          

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Japan WINConference Venue

IBM Offices

19-21 Nihonbashi, Hakozaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8510

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Public Transport:

Tokyo metro Tozai line / Hibiya line Kayabacho station number 4B Exit, walk 7 minutes
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line Hydro Temple Miyaeuma Station Exit 2, walk 3 minutes
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Ningyocho Station 1st Exit, walk 12 minutes
Toei Asakusa Line Ningyocho Station A4 or A5 Exit, walk 12 minutes

Gala Dinner Venue

Thursday 10 May, 19.00

(Pre-registration and additional fee required)

Royal Park Hotel (5 minute walk from IBM Offices)

2-1-1 Nihonbashi-Kakigara-cho, Chuo-ku,