Courses & Events
Women on the Board: The Next Step for Women in Japanese Business
Thursday, Jan 27, 2022
03:15 pm - 04:45 pm
Join us for an engaging discussion about the complexities and practicalities of being a businesswoman in Japan. Although diversity in the workforce has become a hot topic in Japan, it is still rare to find women in roles that involve exercising corporate governance. In this special session of our Stanford course on “Japanese Business Culture and Systems” our panelists will tell about their own experiences working at the top of Japanese organizations, discuss the challenges and solutions to increasing participation by women on corporate boards of directors in Japan, and outline their vision of what women will need to do to be successful in board roles in Japan.
- Advanced registration required at <https://stanford.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd–qqzsqE9CMB1K9EmBTUzQwsMdlcoG4>. Your unique login URL will be provided to you when you register.
- Pacific Time: Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
- Japan: Friday, January 28 | 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Former Chairman/President/CEO, Netyear Group
After working at Brother Industries and Swarovski Japan, Ms. Ishiguro founded a high-tech specialty consulting firm in Silicon Valley and advised clients such as Yahoo!, Netscape, Panasonic, and Sony on US-Japan alliances and technology transfers. She is a founding member of Netyear Group in the US and Japan, devising comprehensive digital marketing solutions for corporate clients that resolve fundamental business issues as CEO. The company was listed on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2008. Ms. Ishiguro graduated the School of Economics at Nagoya University and received an MBA from Stanford University. She had been a member of Government committees for the past several years, such as the Cabinet Office “The future to choose” Committee and the METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) “IoT” Committee.
Netyear offers a variety of strategic internet professional services that lead brands to their business innovation in the digital age. The company’s service portfolio includes strategic consulting, communication design, web development, data analysis, mobile application development, social media marketing, and more. Its clients include KDDI, Skyperfect TV, NHK Educational, and Recruit.
Netyear was founded in 1999 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
Partner, Miura & Partners | CEO, OnBoard K.K. | Former Mayor of Otsu City
Naomi Koshi is a lawyer, an entrepreneur and former mayor of Otsu City. From 2002 to 2011, Naomi practiced corporate law at Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. From 2010 to 2011, Naomi was a Visiting Fellow at Columbia Business School. In 2012, Naomi was elected mayor of Otsu City and served a total of eight years. As the youngest female mayor, Naomi successfully expanded Otsu’s childcare system, thus making it easier for many Japanese women to return to the workforce. Naomi is admitted to practice law in Japan, New York and California and is now a partner at Miura & Partners. In 2021, Naomi Co-Founded OnBoard K.K., a company specializing in diversifying Japanese corporate boards. Naomi also serves as an outside director of V-Cube, Inc and SoftBank Corp. Naomi was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was named an OECD Champion Mayor for Inclusive Growth. She holds multiple degrees from Hokkaido University, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Senior Program Manager, US-ATMC (Moderator)