JWLI’s Mission

JWLI empowers Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change and innovation in Japan.

2017 JWLI-II Program

After 10 years in operation, JWLI is updating its program design and launching JWLI-II this year. JWLI-II offers an executive leadership development program that transforms Japanese women to be action-oriented leaders with confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and a plan to make social change in Japan.

  • 1. Core Design

    • JWLI-II provides:
      • Personal growth opportunities to be an action-oriented leader
      • Skills and knowledge from hands-on training with successful nonprofit organizations
      • Learning from the Babson Women’s Leadership Program: From Opportunity to Action from Monday, October 23, 2017 to Friday, October 27, 2017
      • Coaching and mentorship to develop and implement a 2-year Action Plan, an achievable roadmap to turn a dream vision of social change into reality in Japan
    • 2. Program Components

      • In Boston, JWLI-II provides:
        • Step-by-step coaching by Yasu Yamakawa, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College to develop the 2-year Action Plan
        • Hands-on training on management with leaders of successful Boston-based nonprofit organizations
        • Participation in the Babson Women’s Leadership Program, a 5-day intensive entrepreneuial management program, among other American women leaders and executives
        • Expanded networks of leaders in the Boston’s social sector

      • After Boston, JWLI-II provides:
        • Individual mentoring for two years for the Action Plan implementation
        • Progress monitoring through Fellows’ semiannual progress reports for two years
        • Opportunities to participation in the JWLI Alumni Association
        • Support and collaboration opportunities with other JWLI alumnae
    • 3. Target

        Emerging women leaders of the Japanese social sector – nonprofit staff, a social entrepreneur, CSR staff of a for-profit company, or a municipal government employee
    • 4. Program Dates

        October 10 – November 3, 2017 (tentative)
    • 5. Sample Program Schedule

      • Review the program schedule and learning objectives from the 2016 program here.
    • 6. Application and Program Schedule in 2017

      • The schedule is subject to change. All dates below are in 2017.
      • Online Application Form Open March 1
        Deadline to Submit Applications 9 PM on May 8 (EST)
        First Selection (review of applications) May 9 to late May
        Decision from First Selection (via Email) By late May
        Interviews for Selected Applicants (in Tokyo) June 17 and 18
        Announcement of 2017 JWL-II Fellows (via Email) Late June
        Orientation in Tokyo September 3
        Program Housing Start Date in Boston October 9
        Program Start Date October 10
        Women’s Leadership Course at Babson October 23 to October 27
        Program End Date November 3
        Program Housing End Date November 4
        Program Symposium in Tokyo and Action Plan Resubmission Early December
    • 7. Important Information

      • Fellows will be provided with:
        • Housing in the Boston area from October 9 to November 4, including housing on Babson College campus in Wellesley from October 23 to October 27
        • Stipend to cover most meals and transportation during the program in Boston from October 10 to November 3
      • Fellows are responsible for:
        • Transportation (and lodging, if necessary) for an interview and the two-day orientation in Tokyo
        • Round-trip international airfares to and from Boston
        • A medical coverage abroad or a travel health insurance

    How to Apply

    • 1. Selection Criteria

      Ideal candidates are women with the following minimum qualifications:
      • Over 5 years of professional work experience
      • Clear dream vision to make a difference in Japanese society
      • Strong desire to take a leadership role
      • Action-oriented mind
      • Strong interest in learning about leadership and management in American nonprofit organizations and the U.S. social sector
      • Previous work or volunteer experience with nonprofit organizations or social enterprises
      • Emotional maturity and ability to be a team player
      • Japanese citizenship or permanent residency
      • Strong communication skills in English (abilities to actively engage in discussion and to writer a multi-page document are required)
    • 2. Required Materials


      Applicants must finish the below application form and submit the following documents in WORD or PDF formats:
      • An essay in English (maximum 600 words typed, up to two pages, include name and submission date at the top right on all pages, and include a title) addressing:
        • Why are you applying to JWLI-II?
        • What is your vision of social change in Japan, explaining in details the needs you identified and your approach (starting a new organization, developing a program within an existing organization, etc.)?
        • What do you want to learn from JWLI-II?
        • What was your past leadership experience (work or volunteer)?
      • Resume in English (Maximum two pages, including a recent headshot)
        • Follow the format of the resume here
      • Letter of recommendation in English (One page, preferably from a person at executive/ management level)

    Important Reminders

    • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
    • Late applications will not be accepted. Application deadline is 9 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 (EST).
    • Applicants must be available to attend the full program in Boston from Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Friday, November 3, 2017.
    • We cannot respond to questions regarding details and results of the selection decisions
    • This page should provide all the information necessary to apply. However, inquires are accepted at jwli@fishfamilyfoundation.org

Application Form

Please note that the progress of your application cannot be saved on this website.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please carefully schedule your time and submit your application only once.

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Essay in English (maximum 600 words typed, maximum two pages, include name and submission date at the top right on all pages, and include a title, WORD or PDF file only) addressing:

  • Why are you applying to JWLI-II?
  • What is your vision of social change in Japan, explaining in details the needs you identified and your approach (starting a new organization, developing a program within an existing organization, etc.)?
  • What do you want to learn from JWLI-II?
  • What was your past leadership experience (work or volunteer)?

Resume in English*

(maximum two pages, including a recent headshot, WORD or PDF file only)
Follow the format of the resume here

Letter of Recommendation in English*

(One page, preferably from a person at executive/ management level, WORD or PDF file only)