We were honored to present Ms. Yukako Uchinaga to speak about the female executive situation in Japan on September 7 at the Westin, Tokyo.
55 participants came to learn firsthand from one of the 50 most powerful international businesswomen, according to Fortune magazine, how to succeed as a female prospective executive and the importance about diversity in the workplace – We are sure that the participants left the seminar venue with new wisdom feeling inspired and ready to overcome any obstacle.
Female executives and Japan – current obstacles and how to overcome them
Ms. Uchinaga, has been Chairman of the Board, CEO & President of Berlitz Corporation and Director and Executive Vice President of Benesse Holdings, Inc. since 2008 and is actively promoting women at work through the NPO Japan Women’s Innovative Network. In addition to being one of four directors selected to join the board of directors of Sony Corporation in June 2008, Ms. Uchinaga served as an advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Prime Minister’s Council for Gender Equality, and was a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science’s Council for Education.
Profile of Ms. Uchinaga
Yukako Uchinaga has been Chairman of the Board, CEO & President of Berlitz Corporation and Director and Executive Vice President of Benesse Holdings, Inc. since 2008. Under her leadership, Berlitz is a global leadership training and education company which has been expanding its services to deliver greater value to more clients around the world.
Ms. Uchinaga brings to Berlitz extensive experience in global business and technology management. She began her career in 1971 at IBM Japan, where she held several positions in development, marketing and management. She was elected to the board of directors of IBM Japan in 1995.
In 1999, Ms. Uchinaga was named vice president of Yamato Software Development Laboratory, where she focused on the worldwide development of pervasive computing software, web tooling and solution technologies. In 2004, she was named general manager for Asia Pacific technical operations, a position she held until 2007.
She was named a member of board of directors at Benesse Corporation after she retired from IBM Japan in March 2007.
In 1999, Ms. Uchinaga became the first woman from outside the United States to be inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. She was awarded Business Stateswoman of the Year from Harvard Business School Club of Japan in 2002 and was awarded Upward Mobility Award from the Society of Women Engineers of U.S. in 2006.
She served as an advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Prime Minister’s Council for Gender Equality, and was a member of the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science’s Council for Education.
Ms. Uchinaga is Board Chair of J-WIN (Japan Women’s Innovative Network), a non-profit organization that promotes diversity in Japanese business. She also a member of the board of directors of Sony Corp. and a member of the board of auditors of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
She holds a bachelor degree in physics from the University of Tokyo.
More information about J-Win: http://www.j-win.jp/