November 7, 2015 / Tokyo, Japan – This year’s JWLI program started on September 8th and ended on October 6th. For the first time ever, our Fellows – Akiko Ishiyama, Yuko Nakaoka, Junko Tsuda and Kei Yoshidome – developed their Action Plans during their regular schedule of visiting our host organizations and participating in an intense 5-day Simmons College course in Boston. They gave impressive and nerve-racking presentations in front of a panel of experts, followed by a Q&A session. This exciting change has helped our fellows be more than ready to host the reporting event, together with past JWLI Fellows in Tokyo on November 7th. During the event, the 2015 Fellows discussed their learning and experience with our host organizations. They also presented their Action Plans. Despite that the event was held on a beautiful Saturday, nearly 100 people attended the event!
The White House honors 15 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women as “Champions of Change” who are doing extraordinary work to create a safer, more equal, and more prosperous future for their communities and the U.S. in May 2013. JWLI founder, Atsuko Fish, is being honored as a “Champion of Change”. As a first generation Japanese American who is committed to innovation and social change in the U.S. and Japan, Atsuko is honored for her work that empowers women and promotes understanding between the two cultures. Specifically, the founding of JWLI and the creation of the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund-Boston are the examples of Atsuko’s commitment recognized by her “Champion of Change” award.
Click here to check out Atsuko’s article about her story of commitment to public service.
The 2012 JWLI Forum which was held in Yokohama is featured in the article, titled “NPO・女性・横浜がもつ大きな可能性” in April, and attended nearly by 120 people. The keynote speaker was the mayor of Yokohama, 林文子. The participants had great discussions on women’s leadership in non-profit organizations. Specifically, the goal of the forum is to encourage women to become leaders, especially in the nonprofit sector, which is more important than ever in the aftermath of the 3.11 disaster in Japan.
Click here to read more about the forum in Yokohama.
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