Congratulations 2018 JWLI Spring Fellows for completing the program! We are excited to see the Fellows executing their Action Plans once they go back to Japan. A small graduation ceremony was held in our office on the last day of the program, May 11. Each Fellow received a completion certificate from Atsuko.
Special thanks to the host organizations and Japan Society of Boston for all the supports. The Fellows learned valuable lessons from all of you. We would also like to extend out thanks to those who came to the JWLI reception and the Brown Bag Luncheon event. With all of your support, 2018 JWLI Spring program ended with a huge success!
Details of the Fellows’ four-week program in Boston can be found on our Facebook page:
Atsuko Fish is featured in Philanthropy Magazine in Japan! This article highlights Atsuko’s work from how she got her start in a PR firm in Japan to how she met her husband, Larry Fish. She also speaks about her inspiration behind JWLI and her long-terms goals for the program in order to empower women in Japan. She also speaks about her hopes for the Champions of Change Award, which is based on the Champion of Change Award she received from President Barack Obama in 2013. Check out the article here!
Mainichi Shimbun, one of the major newspapers in Japan, featured Atsuko Fish and JWLI on January 5th of this year. The article highlighted the JWLI program and how it was started in 2006. The private and social sectors in Japan have been promoting Japanese Women’s Leadership endeavors and JWLI is exemplary of the current trend. The article continued to explain the new added aspects of the JWLI program and how Atsuko Fish is looking for emerging female leaders who are committed to improving their own communities and making positive impacts.
Two of our JWLI Alumni have connected and joined together for a Women’s workshop in Osaka, Japan. Mami Kishigami, who was a JWLI fellow in 2016, lives and works in Osaka as the Chief Program Officer of the Osaka City Women’s Foundation. She is also a Deputy Manager of the Women’s Counseling Center. Maki invited a 2014 JWLI fellow, Megumi Ishimoto, who is based in Tohoku, who started a nonprofit after the 2011 disaster in order to support women in disaster-stricken areas, especially in evacuation centers in order to provide resources and programming for financial sustainability. Megumi spoke at the workshop in Osaka about her experience starting a nonprofit. It is wonderful to see collaborations between past fellows who have both gone through the JWLI program to connect back in Japan and work together.
A finalist of the Champion of Change Japan Award (CCJA), Kaneko Yoshie, was recently featured in Japanese newspapers, speaking about CCJA and what it meant to be for her to be selected as a finalist. Kanako was impacted by the March 2011 Tsunami and Earthquake in Ishinomaki and established her nonprofit shortly afterwards. She worked to help and arrange the volunteer network for the demands of the area and has been selected from a pool of 145 nominees for her work in improving her community. Three local newspapers in the Tohoku area have published articles about CCJA and the work that Kanako has been doing.
In December, Program Manager of JWLI Kozue Sawame presented to Japanese students from the Showa Boston Institute on Women’s Leadership. Students from the Showa Boston Institute came to Fish Family Foundation to hear about Kozue’s experience and Women’s Leadership in the United States. The class highlighted Women’s Leadership in the global sphere and part of the curriculum focused on the UN. The instructor of the course wanted to bring the students to Fish Family Foundation in order to see an example of a foundation that was started and run by Japanese female leaders, who are now living and working in the United States. Kozue spoke about her personal experience along with the overall arching goals of JWLI and the importance of empowering Japanese women in the Boston area.
The Showa Women’s University in Tokyo opened up a satellite campus for English Majors in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts in 1988 and since then has worked to promote awareness, intercultural and cross-cultural dialogue and global experiences for Japanese students and the greater Boston community. Over 700 Japanese students study in Boston every year from Showa University.
April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018 (tentative)
Online application closes on 9pm on January 25, 2018 (EST) . Click here for online application form!
- 5+ years work experience
- Clear vision for social change in Japan
- Strong leadership capabilities
- Passionate, action-oriented mindset
- Interest to learn about leadership and management in American non-profit organizations and social communities
Fish Family Foundation
21st Floor, 75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
TEL : 617.428.3775