Core Values

  • Self-growth and confidence to be a better leader
  • Skills and knowledge from hands-on training with successful nonprofit organizations
  • Learning from the Simmons College’s Strategic Leadership for Women course
  • Development of an Action Plan based on a dream of social change and innovation in Japan

Program Components

In Boston, JWLI provides:

  • Hands-on training on nonprofit management with leaders of successful Boston-based nonprofit organizations
  • Participation in Strategic Leadership for Women, a 5-day intensive management program at the Simmons College School of Management, among other American women leaders and executives
  • Individual coaching and mentoring by Simmons College faculty members
  • Expanded networks of leaders in the Boston’s social sector
  • Step-by-step instructions to develop a 5-year Action Plan, an achievable roadmap to take a dream of social change and innovation into reality within Japanese society

After Boston, JWLI’s post program follow-ups are:

  • A year-long mentoring program to help with the implementation of the Action Plan
  • Progress monitoring through Fellows’ semi-annual progress reports
  • Expanded networks of leaders in the Japanese social sector
  • Collaboration opportunities among JWLI alumnae for further support

Simmons College

In 2007, the second year of JWLI, the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at the Simmons School of スクリーンショット 2015-11-07 11.45.27 PM Management in Boston became JWLI’s institutional and academic partner. CGO was selected because of their unique expertise in the areas pertaining to gender and leadership, its program located in the first business school in the world designed specifically for women, and expertise in the area of nonprofit management.

Host Organizations (2016 program)


Sample Program Calendar

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10th Anniversary Tokyo Summit 2016

Celebrating the 10th anniversary, JWLI hosted the Tokyo Summit at Tokyo American Club on October 18, and it was a huge success. Nearly 40 women leaders and JWLI Fellows candidly explored the theme of Women Leading Social Change in Japan with the audience of over 300 people. Mari Kuraishi, a founder of Global Giving, gave us a powerful keynote speech sharing her journey to start the organization. The Summit showcased JWLI’s 10-year impact by highlighting 10 alumnae and their achievements. Under the theme of Women Leading Social Change in Japan, the Summit’s most important message to the participants was to take action and be a leader to make positive social change in Japan.In addition to featuring the impact of JWLI, the Summit showcased social change achieved by Japanese and American women leaders; brought U.S. and Japanese social sectors together; and most importantly for further advancement of Japanese society, demonstrated the importance of women’s leadership for social change. Through the Summit, JWLI left a strong impression that women’s leadership in the social sector needed to be increasingly valued.

The Summit was made possible by a generous grant by the U.S.-Japan Foundation and held in partnership with the Japan Association of Charitable Organizations.

Boston 10th Anniversary Reception

On October 6th, JWLI hosted its 10th Anniversary Reception to celebrate its ten-year efforts in empowering Japanese women and making difference in Japan. Two JWLI alumnae, Tomoe Yamada and Kiyono Yagami, shared the impacts they made in Japan through achieving their Action Plans. JWLI Founder, Atsuko Fish, and JWLI’s academic partner, Patricia Deyton of Simmons College, both thanked a number of community partners and host organizations that contributed to JWLI’s success. They also highlighted some of our Fellows’ successes. The event also included a graduation ceremony of this year’s Fellows.

Forum Program

Based on the success of the Boston-based JWLI Fellows Program, the increasing interest in nonprofit organizations because of the keen needs of society in Japan, the growing recognition of the Japanese government of the value of nonprofit organizations, and labor shortages, JWLI developed the Forum Program to increase the knowledge and awareness of the importance of the nonprofit sector and to encourage the opening of more roles of leadership for women. Through funding from the United States-Japan Foundation, JWLI was expanded to include a second major component, namely, a three-year Forum Program in Japan as part of the movement to create social change. JWLI has been ahead of some of the trends now emerging in Japan as it was created to strengthen the capacity of women to provide leadership and work effectively for change while educating about the value of the nonprofit sector and its role in addressing important social issues.

The Forum Program complimented the Fellows Program with its goals of providing information and inspiration to women and men in Japan to become involved with social change, increasing knowledge and interest in women’s leadership and the nonprofit sector, and encouraging highly qualified women to apply to the Boston-based JWLI Fellows Program.

Goals of the Forum Program

  • To provide specific and valuable information to women and others in Japan about the potential of the nonprofit sector to create social change.
  • To provide information about the role and impact of the United States’ nonprofit sector in society.
  • To provide specific information on effective nonprofit management.
  • To inspire Japanese women and men to take on leadership roles in the nonprofit sector.

2013 in Tokyo and Yamanashi

  • The 2013 JWLI Forum was held in Tokyo and Yamanashi in May. Over 120 people attended the forum in Tokyo and 120 people in Yamanashi, having a lively discussion on the importance of new generation’s women leadership in the social sector.
  • Final report

2012 in Yokohama and Wakayama

  • The 2012 JWLI Forum was held in Yokohama and Wakayama in April. Nearly 120 people attended the events, and people had great discussions on women’s leadership in non-profit organizations.
  • Final report

2010 in Tokyo and Fukuoka

  • JWLI hosted Forums on June 27 in Tokyo and June 29 in Fukuoka. Over 175 people, including more than 60 people attended the Forum held at the Center for the Advancement of Working Women in Tokyo and more than 60 young students gathered at the International Conference Hall in Fukuoka. Both Forums were well-received among audiences, and discussions were lively.
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