GLOBIS Talks: Women and the Will to Lead

Dr. Mark Lee Ford, Ms Yoko Suwa and Ms Yoko Horiuchi share their thoughts about the changing roles and expectations of today's businesswomen in Japan and abroad.

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GLOBIS Talks:"My Vision & Mission: Women and the Will to Lead"

Moderator: Dr. Mark Lee Ford, President and Board Director of The Moneo Company
Speakers: Yuko Suwa, General Manager at Chrome Hearts; Yuko Horiuchi, Manager, Flower Professional, Lawn and Garden Division, Syngenta Japan K.K.
Time and Date: 19:00-21:00, Friday, August 2, 2013
Venue: GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 1:16:28
Language: English

Event Overview:
As the world becomes more interconnected, women are exploiting more opportunities to break through traditional boundaries and capture positions of leadership in business.
Yet, some say that women are reluctant to do so in Japan, citing the male-dominated system as one of several seemingly insurmountable impediments.
In a conversation with Dr. Mark Lee Ford, Ms Yoko Suwa and Ms Yoko Horiuchi share their thoughts about the changing roles and expectations of today's businesswomen in Japan and abroad. What vision and mission should career women shape? How can one forge a career in the global arena? How can all of this be done while maintaining a balanced and fulfilling personal life?
Ms Suwa, a prima ballerina turned general manager of Chrome Hearts and Ms Horiuchi, entrepreneurial-minded marketer for Syngenta Japan, provide valuable insights for both men and women looking to fast-track their career in the global economy.

Guest Speaker

MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MBus, Doshisha University
BBus, Doshisha University

Ms. Suwa is the general manager of Chrome Hearts, a company that specializes in high-end silver jewelry, leather clothing and furniture with gothic motifs. After injury scuppered her dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer, she forged a path for herself in the business world, working with several global consulting firms, such as Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

After getting her MBA from Wharton, she accepted an offer from ITOCHU Prominent USA LLC as the Director of Investments in New York City, where she worked until moving back to Japan to join Chrome Hearts in 2011.

MBA, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University
Aoyama Gakuin University

Ms. Horiuchi has been working for Syngenta Japan (one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies) as a marketer since 2009.

Before joining Syngenta, Ms. Horiuchi worked for Sapporo Breweries, Ltd. as a marketer and salesperson, during which time she spent 18 months as a horticultural therapist for an NPO in the US. Following this experience, Ms. Horiuchi launched a project as part of Sapporo’s CSR strategy to encourage people with developmental disabilities to work in the community doing landscaping tasks at Sapporo’s sites.


PhD, MS Aerospace Engineering (Boston University)
MBA (Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business)
BSc Astrophysics (University of Toronto, Trinity College)

Dr. Mark Lee Ford came to Japan in 1994 as principal scientist of several aerospace endeavors between the U.S. and Japan governments. Thereafter, he has been working extensively in corporate venturing, strategy, and restructuring for multinationals and Japanese clients.

Concurrently, Ford is involved with medical ventures and teaches at two universities in Tokyo. His scientific interests include fluid mechanics and oncology.

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