Atsuko Fish Featured in Philanthropy Magazine in Japan

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!

JWLI and Atsuko Fish Featured in Mainichi Shimbun

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. 

JWLI Alumni Reconnect in Osaka for Japanese Women’s Conference

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.

Exciting Feature of Champion of Change Japan Award Finalist in Japanese Newspapers

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. 

Showa Boston Institute Japanese Students hear from Kozue about Women’s Leadership

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.

2018年春プログラム参加者募集!Deadline Extended/ 締め切り延長

プログラム実施期間】
2018年4月16日~5月11日

【応募方法】
応募はオンラインにて(http://jwli.org/application/
応募締め切り:2018年1月25日21時(EST・ボストン時間)

【応募用件】

  • 5年以上の職務経験
  • 日本社会に変革をもたらすための明確なビジョン
  • 強いリーダーシップ
  • 意欲的で行動を重んじる姿勢
  • アメリカの非営利・ソーシャルセクターでの組織運営および
    リーダーシップへの高い関心

【Program Dates】
April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018 (tentative)

【Application Info】
Online application closes on 9pm on January 25, 2018 (EST) . Click here for online application form!

【Key Qualifications】

  • 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

2017 Fish Family Foundation & The Nippon Foundation CANPAN・NPO Forum

Atsuko enthusiastically described her passion to support and empower female leaders in Japan at “Fish Family Foundation & The Nippon Foundation CANPAN・NPO Forum” happened on December 6th in Tokyo, Japan.  Atsuko gave a lecture on what role family foundations play in the U.S. society. Additionally, she gave a powerful talk on how she expects female leaders in Japan to bring positive social changes to brighten the Japanese society. Furthermore, the 2017 JWLI Fellows shared how they are going to use the lessons they learned during their stay in Boston to make their Action Plans come true. Together with Atsuko and the 2017 JWLI Fellows, the participants of the event completed worksheets for describing the problems they are seeing in Japan and brainstormed what actions they can make to fix it.

日本財団ビルにて12月6日に行われた「フィッシュ・ファミリー財団&日本財団CANPAN・NPO フォーラム」で、厚子さんがトークセッションを行いました。アメリカにおける家族財団の役割や意義に加え、今後の日本社会における女性による社会革命への期待を語りました。また、2017年秋プログラムに参加したフェロー達も駆けつけ、研修での学びやボストンで活躍するビジネスリーダ達との出会い、そしてそれらの経験を今後どのように活かしてゆくのかをお話ししました。トークセッション後は、イベントに参加してくださった方々と共に、厚子さんとフェロー達がワークショップを行いました。「今日の話しを聞いて、あなたが気にかけている社会課題にどう取り組むか?」というテーマについて各自考えをまとめ、ディスカッションする皆さんの眼差しは、「日本をより良い国にしたい」という心意気で満ち溢れていました。

2017 Champion of Change Japan Award Ceremony

The first “Champion of Change Japan” was announced at the Champion of Change Japan Award Ceremony happened at 100BANCH in Shibuya, Tokyo. The award was established by Atsuko Fish and the Fish Family Foundation early this year to shed light on Japanese women leaders who work hard every day to address the most pressing needs in their communities. After receiving the Champion of Change award from The White House back in 2013, Atsuko established the Champion of Change Japan Award to recognize the unsung heroes who are working at the grassroots level.

The award ceremony started with a wonderful opening speech given by Daniel Perel, the president of Tiffany & Co Japan Inc. Among the 145 competitive applicants, 8 finalists were invited to the ceremony. Everyone at the event gave a big round of applause when Ami Takahashi, a female leader who has an organization that supports at-risk youths, was chosen as the Champion of Change Japan. In addition to a cash prize, Ami received a crystal bowl designed by the world’s notable designer Elsa Peretti.

This year’s award was sponsored by Tiffany & Co, Dow Chemical Japan, and the Fish Family Foundation.

12月4日に東京と渋谷区の100BANCHで行われた「第一回チャンピオン・オブ・チェンジ日本大賞」の授賞式にて、大賞が発表されました。アメリカ在住の日本人女性である厚子・東光・フィッシュ氏は2013年、日本女性のリーダー育成プログラムや東日本大震災時の被災地支援活動などをホワイトハウスから讃えられ、 チャンピオン・オブ・チェンジ賞をオバマ大統領から授与されました。同賞は、日本社会における様々な課題に勇気を持って立ち向かい、日々一生懸命に活動されている女性達に光をあてたいという思いから、フィッシュ氏によって創設されたものです。

授賞式ではティファニー・アンド・カンパニー・ジャパン・インク社長のダニエル・ペレル氏による挨拶が行われた後、応募者145名の中から厳正な審査により選ばれた8名のファイナリストの中から、1名の大賞が発表されました。大賞を受賞した「アフターケア相談所 ゆずりは」で所長を務める高橋亜美さんは、児童養護施設などを巣立った若者達が安心して社会活動を営めるように、日々一生懸命活動しています。高橋さんにはティファニー社製のクリスタルボウルが贈呈され、ファイナリスト7名の方々にも記念品が贈られました。

The Reporting Event in Tokyo by the 2017 JWLI Fellows was a Huge Success!

The 2017 JWLI Fellows shared their experiences in Boston at the Reporting Event happened on December 2, 2017. In addition to the business lessons they learned in at Babson College, the Fellows described how their encounter with the “role models,” the business leaders of non-profit organizations in Boston, led to their personal growths as well as improved leadership skills. In addition, the Fellows shared their improved Action Plans that they have been polishing since the beginning of the program. The event venue was packed with the audience that was eager to learn about JWLI program.

“The JWLI program truly is a life-changing experience”

Saori Osu, the 2017 Fellow and the Representative Director of Working Mothers Association of Japan, looked back at the month-long program in Boston. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impacts our Fellows will be bringing to the Japanese society.

12月2日に東京ウィメンズプラザホールにて行われた2017年度ボストン研修報告会で、2017年のJWLIフェロー達がボストンでの経験を語りました。バブソン大学の研修で学んだマネージメントに関する知識やスキルに加え、ボストンで活躍する「ロールモデル」達との出会いがどのように自身の成長やリーダーシップスキルの向上に繋がったかを語るフェロー達の表情は、自信とやる気に満ち溢れていました。それに加えて、ボストン研修開始時からコツコツと具体化してきたアクションプランについても発表しました。

「JWLIは、人生を変えるプログラムです」

11期生であり、一般社団法人日本ワーキングママ協会の代表理事を務める大洲さおりさんは、ボストンで過ごした一ヶ月を振り返りました。5名のフェロー達がどのように自身の活動を発展させていくのか、今後の活躍が楽しみです。

【Call for Applications】JWLI2018年度春プログラム参加者募集中

Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI)は、日本各地より選ばれた、活躍が期待される女性リーダーたちを、さらに行動力のあるリーダーへと育成します。そして、2006年に設立され11年目を迎える今年、プログラム内容をリニューアルしました。ボストンで行われる4週間のリーダーシップ研修を通じて、応募者の中から選ばれた「フェロー」たちは、リーダーとなる自信とマネージメントに関するスキルと知識を身につけ、社会変革をもたらす具体的なプランを構築します。研修は、東京での事前オリエンテーションとワークショップに加え、4週間ボストンで行われます。ボストンではNPO、社会起業家やインキュベーターを視察訪問し、組織運営のノウハウやファンドレイジングの手法、リーダーシップなどを学びます。また、アントレプレナーシップランキングで過去20年以上にわたって全米1位を誇るバブソン大学にて、1週間の女性リーダーを養成する社会人向けの研修にも参加いただきます。さらに、バブソン大学教授によるコーチングのもと、自身が実現したいと考える社会変革に対するアクションプランを研修参加中に立案および発表します。帰国後はメンターの伴走のもとその実行プランを日本社会で二年で実現していただきます。

プログラム実施期間】
2018年4月16日~5月11日
【応募方法】
応募はオンラインにて(http://jwli.org/application/
応募期間:2017年11月13日~2018年1月15日21時(EST・ボストン時間)
【応募用件】

  • 5年以上の職務経験
  • 日本社会に変革をもたらすための明確なビジョン
  • 強いリーダーシップ
  • 意欲的で行動を重んじる姿勢
  • アメリカの非営利・ソーシャルセクターでの組織運営および
    リーダーシップへの高い関心

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) is an executive leadership development program that will invest in emerging women leaders from across Japan and will transform them to be action-oriented leaders. Through a four-week leadership development training in Boston, selected applicants, referred to as Fellows, will acquire confidence to lead, skills and knowledge to manage, and create a plan to make social change. The four weeks include participation in the Women’s Leadership Program at Babson College, a 5-day intensive entrepreneurial management program, and visits to successful nonprofit organizations in Boston to learn their best practices on nonprofit management and leadership. During the four weeks, Fellows will develop their respective Action Plans and upon returning to Japan, will work towards achieving their vision, leveraging their experience and knowledge acquired in Boston.

We provide mentors to the Fellows after they go back to Japan so that they can execute their Action Plans within 2 years.

【Program Dates】
April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018 (tentative)
【Application Info】
Online application opens November 13, 2017 and closes on 9pm on January 15, 2018 (EST) . Click here for online application form!
【Key Qualifications】

  • 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