Women in Japanese Business | January 31, 2017

Women in Japanese Business

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 4:30 – 5:50 PM

Stanford University – AllenX Auditorium


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Ari Horie

Founder & CEO,
Women’s Startup Lab

Miki Matsui

Sr. Manager for Business Development,
Xacti Corporation

Elizabeth Shoemaker

Law Offices of David A. Makman

Topics during the panel discussion included women in entrepreneurship, company management, and professional careers in Japan or with Japanese clients.  Recent trends and factors for success. 

“Women in Japanese Business” panelists.
Photo by Megumi Yoshinaga

Women in Japanese Business: A Panel Discussion

Blog by Eli Schwartz

Diversity at the workplace with a heavy focus on gender balance is a discussion topic with growing popularity in the US media and HR conferences. Possibly as a result of the increased attention, strides have been made in improving the opportunities for women in the corporate world… To continue reading, please go here <http://asia.stanford.edu/?page_id=7652>.



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Ari Horie
Founder & CEO, Women’s Startup Lab

Growing up in Hiroshima, Ari Horie wore a pink backpack when all the other school children wore red ones. As a business leader and former IBM employee navigating international marketing and product management in the Valley, Horie recognized “the pink backpack,” or being a woman, as an influencing factor when leading a company. To Horie, cultural shifts take too long to wait for. Her business vision focuses on what women can do right now to kick butt in business and how to leverage the innovation and free thinking of the technology industry to build leading tools and solutions.

As the beacon for Women’s Startup Lab, Ari Horie has very effectively elevated and expanded the conversation regarding women entrepreneurs. In 2014, she has been featured by CNN as 1 of 10 Visionary Women, interviewed by national radio talk show host Robin Morgan, written blogs for Huffington Post, and become a high impact and inspirational speaker, such as at SXSW V2V and UpGlobal Summit and was just announced as a featured speaker at SXSW Interactive 2015.

Miki Matsui
Sr. Manager for Business Development, Xacti Corporation

Miki Matsui is a visiting scholar at US-ATMC for 2016-17. She is a senior manager in the Business Development Department, Xacti Corporation, Japan. She has over 20 years of experience in business development and had successfully launched new business in Japan at several companies. She received her M.S. in Knowledge Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Her main research fields are innovation based on collaborations and Silicon Valley eco-system. Her interest is the development of new collaboration models around emerging technologies in the US and Japan. The research involves surveys of startup companies and their relationships with large firms.

Elizabeth Shoemaker
Partner, Makman Law Offices

Elizabeth Shoemaker is a corporate attorney whose practice focuses on corporate transactions, intellectual property licensing and civil litigation. She has experience drafting and negotiating a broad range of corporate contracts. She is also experienced in assisting and advising clients throughout the entire process of forming a company, including the registration process, drafting the formation documents (for corporations and LLCs), negotiating commercial real estate space, obtaining executive visas, registering trademarks and hiring employees.

On the litigation side, Ms. Shoemaker has represented clients in contract, trademark, real estate, product safety, and employment matters. In 2011, she successfully argued a case before the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and obtained a judgment for her client in a published opinion.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Shoemaker worked in the information technology field. She has lived in Japan for over 10 years and she reads and speaks Japanese.



 This seminar was free and open to the public.  The program is part of our JAPAN 151/251 – Japanese Business Culture & Systems winter course.