PMC to Present Global Women's Leadership Conference in Tokyo

On Saturday, May 22, Pine Manor College will present a Global Women's Leadership Conference at Showa Women's University in Tokyo, Japan. The topic will be "Japanese Women: Leadership for the 21st Century." The conference, followed by a lunch and roundtable discussion, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kenkyukan at Showa Women's University.

"With Japan facing many social and economic changes, Japanese women are faced with many challenges as well as opportunities to play a more active role in business and society," said Gloria Nemerowicz, Ph.D., President of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the conference's keynote speaker. "The goal of this conference is to give Japanese women a forum through which they can meet other highly successful and professional women to discuss what it means to take an active role in today's world. The discussion will focus on how Japanese women can balance their roles in their families, their communities and their work places and still be an influential voice in society." Participants at this conference will also find it an excellent opportunity to build professional networks.

An active scholar, writer and speaker, Dr. Nemerowicz authored "Children's Perceptions of Gender and Work Roles" and co-authored "Education for Leadership and Social Responsibility." She will also be a speaker at a Women's Leadership Conference in Italy in June 1999. Founded in 1911, Pine Manor College is a four-year liberal arts college preparing women for lives of inclusive leadership and social responsibility. Ranked as a leader in campus diversity by U.S. News & World Report, the college has consistently attracted a strong contingent of Japanese students.

In addition to Dr. Nemerowicz, four distinguished guest panelists will also speak about their own experiences: Ms. Yuka Fujioka, a freelance journalist; Ms. Fusako Ishibashi, Senior Advisor, Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy; Ms. Donna Morris, Senior Vice President and Branch Manager with Fidelity Brokerage Services; and, Ms. Satoko Nozawa, a lecturer at Rikkyo University and Daito Bunka University.

The conference is organized and coordinated by Ms. Atsuko Toko Fish, who is a native Japanese from Tokyo. Formerly a television producer of sports programming in Tokyo, Ms. Fish currently resides in Boston, Mass., and works as a Cross-Cultural Communications Consultant. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Asian American Commission for the state of Massachusetts and Vice President of the Japan Society of Boston.

The conference will end with a look at the upcoming "Global Women's Leadership Conference Year 2000" to be held in Boston next summer. The hope is that these conferences will mark the beginning of an annual event that offers Japanese and other women from around the world an opportunity to come together and discuss how they can best be involved in the society in which they live.