2018 Japan WINConference

Welcome to the Japan WINConference

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.

How: Become a speaker, a sponsor, an affiliated network and more than anything, become an active participant.


Thursday 10 May (full day)

08.00 Registration Opens 

08.30 Tea & Coffee

09.00 Opening Ceremony

09.15 Plenary: The Global Picture

What’s going on in the world? How do the many changes of our times open new possibilities? What are the new trends which lie ahead?

10.00 Tea & Coffee

10.30 Plenary: The Future Company

Which companies are opening possibilities for an integrated future? How are companies encouraging more women to step up?

11.30 Networking Lunch

12.45 Breakout Sessions / Workshops

This is a time for you to re-evaluate your career and prepare to lead the way and contribute where you are most needed.

14.15 Tea & Coffee

14.45 Plenary: Women Leaders with Vision & The Future Career

How are women opening possibilities and leading the way in an integrated fashion? How can we accelerate our impact? Gain insight into the exceptional journeys of pioneers as we discuss career moves, transitions and how to navigate the constantly changing work environment.

16.15 Closing Plenary: Realizing You

Becoming and expanding your potential as an agent of possibility. Let’s clarify our visions and our dreams into action and mobilize the resources in the group and learn the importance of mentoring.

19.00 Optional Gala Dinner & the WIN Japan Award ceremony

Friday 11 May (half day)

09.00 Breakout Sessions / Workshops

This is a time for you to re-evaluate your career and prepare to lead the way and contribute where you are most needed. 

10.30 Tea & Coffee

11.00 Closing Plenary: Realizing Us

Becoming an agent of possibility and making it real

12.30 The end


Super Offer Ticket until 20 April

Standard: JPY 29,000

Subsidized*: JPY 19,000

Early Bird Ticket from 21 April

Standard: JPY 39,000

Subsidized*: JPY 29,000

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. 

Standard Ticket is available to all professional participants (entrepreneurs, consultants, professionals, corporations etc).

Subsidized 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

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 and ticket discounts. From 7 May, a late admin fee of JPY 10,000 will be added to the conference fee.


Erika Shirai, JapaneseGeneral Manager, Diversity Development Office, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

I am General Manager, Diversity Development Office, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in Japan.  After working for some telecom /consumer electronics/IT companies of different country origins for 10+ years, I joined Nissan for its global growth potential and excellence in diversity in 2008. Since then, my versatility as sales and marketing as well as planning professional helped me to work in various locations and entities including Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. I have lived in the U.S.A, Singapore and Switzerland and now reside in Tokyo with my family including ten-year-old twin boys.  I look forward to speaking about how talented women can run up to the higher position in Japanese society.  I hope to be inspired by women leaders to find new possibility of my life in the near future.

David Shirt, British, Japan Country Head, Macquarie Group

David joined Macquarie Capital Securities (Japan) Limited in February 2015. Prior to joining Macquarie, David was the Head of Equity at Jefferies Japan and worked for several years at JP Morgan Tokyo. In his final three years at JP Morgan Tokyo he was the Head of Japan Equity Distribution. David has spent 17 years in Japan and proactively contributes to numerous local community organisations, supported by the Macquarie Group Foundation. During recent years he has raised nearly $US 100,000 for local charities, and is also a Board member of Refugees International Japan. David is a graduate of Sheffield University in the UK, with majors in Japanese and Business studies.

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

Fiona joined The New York Times in September last year as Director, Diversity & Inclusion for International. She is an experienced Senior Human Resources leader who has held a number of International roles including VP, Human Resources, EMEA at Turner Broadcasting, HR Executive at News Corporation and VP, HR International for Fox Interactive Media. Prior to News Corp, she was a Senior Reward Consultant with KPMG and Grant Thornton. She has led a number of significant and challenging change management projects such as post-acquisition HR integration at Warner Bros and a major growth / expansion project at Fox Interactive Media. Fiona has worked in the media and digital sectors however due to her consulting background she has worked across a range of sectors. Fiona is British and lives in London with her family; she holds an MA in Human Resource Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Heather McLeish, American, Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability SErvices CCaSS), Ernst & Young ShinNiho LLC

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

Based in Tokyo, Janelle Sasaki advises on global human resources practices in the workplace for Japan and throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.  Thanks to her experience in diversity and inclusion, Janelle guides Japanese and multinational clients on designing and executing workforce, work style and marketplace approaches to create an inclusive culture.  She is a frequent international speaker on diversity and inclusion.  In recent years, she has expanded her role to include brand, marketing and communications for gender diversity and women entrepreneurs.  Janelle was named the EY Women Athlete Business Network Japan Area Leader in 2018.  Prior to her role at EY in Japan, she served as the Inclusion & Diversity Leader for Cisco Systems Japan G.K. and the Asia-Pacific region, where she launched the company-wide Inclusion & Diversity business strategy, and addressed workplace challenges.  

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

As a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant and Leadership Coach, Jennifer Shinkai specializes in helping her clients create and communicate change in diverse teams through facilitation and coaching. She is passionate about developing women's participation in the workforce and runs an English Speaking Lean In Chapter supporting both corporate professionals and entrepreneurs. Originally from the UK, Jennifer holds an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature from St. Hugh's College, Oxford University and is a Certified Professional Coach from the International Coach Academy. With almost twenty years' experience in Japan, she has held a variety of management roles across Learning and Development, Marketing, Sales Operations and Sales. Her hands-on experience in change management and communications for a cross cultural team gives her a unique insight in how to operate effectively as a professional in Japan. Jennifer is known for her energy, enthusiasm and ability to connect people.

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

Kaoru joined Google Japan last year as Director of Marketing. She is responsible for Google Japan’s Brand and Business Marketing, driving thought leadership and business impact. She is excited to be part of a company that values and strives to drive positive change in workstyle reform and diversity, including women’s participation in the workforce. Kaoru has an MBA from Insead, and has had a number of international roles spanning marketing, strategy and business development in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Japan. Prior to joining Google, Kaoru was General Manager and Board Member at Philips Japan. She is also a Mother to 3 boys aged 3 to 11 years old.

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

Miyuki is President for Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), and is responsible for the region’s strategy, accelerating business growth, and ensuring Cisco APJ is the industry’s preferred IT solutions partner and provider. Miyuki joined Cisco in 2015, as President and General Manager for Cisco Japan, and during her tenure turned the business around to achieve sustained growth. Miyuki has an honours degree from Oxford University, and over 35 years business experience, predominantly in IT. As well as Asia Pacific and Japan, she has worked in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She has held a variety of leadership roles, including President of KVH Co Ltd; CEO of LexisNexis Asia Pacific; Managing Director for Reuters South East Asia; and served as Jetstar Japan’s inaugural CEO. Miyuki has a passion for talent development and building diverse teams. She is an innovative, entrepreneurially minded leader, who leads with a long-term view on vision and strategy.

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

Naoko Nemoto is an economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo. Her research interests include monetary policy, financial markets, financial inclusion and structural reform. As former Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, Naoko was heading the Financial Service group covering financial institutions, insurance and brokerage firms in Japan.  She also led research and thought-leadership activities on Japan-related agenda and Asia-Pacific financial institutions and served as the primary spokesperson in the region. Before that she was an economist and analyst at the Bank of Japan. She has authored three books on finance. Naoko has a bachelor’s degree in Law from Waseda University, Tokyo, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD in finance from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.  She serves as a board member of Government Pension Investment Fund Japan, Chubu Electric Power Co., and Yokohama Bank. 

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

Norishige (Noly) Morimoto joined IBM Yamato Laboratory in 1987 as a hardware engineer after graduation from Keio University. He earned a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined IBM Research-Tokyo in 1995. He led multiple research projects such as Digital Watermarking, and worked as a managing consultant to deliver new technology to clients. In 2005 he lead hardware research group and was appointed to be an Executive Assistant to Senior VP of IBM Research in NY in 2006. In 2008, Noly led the work to expand the global IBM research network to growth countries, and in 2009, he was appointed to Director of IBM Research-Tokyo. In 2015, Noly took a new position as VP & CTO in IBM Asia Pacific in Singapore, and in 2017, he was appointed as VP of IBM Research & Development in Japan. Noly has over 20 patents in digital watermarking and copyright protection, and several publications in innovation management area.

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

Rosalia Thomas is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at IBM. Her team is responsible for the development of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and work-life strategies that fully align with IBM’s business strategies. This is accomplished by working closely with diversity councils, internal and external partners through the formation of collaborative relationships with national, regional and international organizations with the sole purpose of driving IBM’s diversity eminence. Rosalia is an experienced HR professional with 20 years in human resources. Previously she was Human Resources Director for the United State East operations. Rosalia is a founding Board member of the Women’s Executive Committee for Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of Leadership Cobb, and is on the board at St. Joseph's Hospital. She has served on the board of Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and Kennesaw University Coles College Executive MBA Program.

Sachiko Maruyama, Japanese, Representative, Global Women’s Association

I am the representative of Global Women’s Association. Besides my own business, I set up this association to achieve the following three missions. ? To make the opportunity for Global Exchange. ? To bring up a kind of business with sharing of experience and knowledge. ? To make friends in the world to share joys. Because of having started this activity in 2011, I moved to Malaysia and started new Business. It is my dream to contribute to support women and girls who are trying to improve their carrier and start their own business overseas. I hope our global network can help to educate young generation and grow each other. Through joining Win Conference Japan for the first time, I am inspired to connect our activity with WIN Conference.

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

WIN is grateful to the following companies for supporting WIN and its work in the world:

We are pleased to partner with the following networks for the Japan WINConference: