On April 23rd of this year I was invited to Stanford University’s Japanese language speech contest. The contest was hosted by GWA, Global Woman Association, and it takes place yearly in both United States and Japan. This year I served as a judge for the preliminary contest.
The contest’s theme was “Who do you consider a global woman?” College students living in US gave quite an impressive speeches based on their life experiences in international community.
Out of all speakers, only two were selected to be US regional representatives.
In my opinion, a global woman is the one who can put herself into someone’s shoes. At work I often deal with people from different cultures. In order to establish trust and understanding I try to look at things from their point of view as well, and encourage my employees to do the same. It applies to Japanese people as well. I like to interact with people regardless of their nationality.
Speech contest’s judges were: Yumiko Kase –representative of Asian Herb Association, a popular massage spa in Bangkok with 200,000 annual visitors, and Aki Takahashi, Stanford’s visiting fellow and Musashino Auto school’s representative. These ladies are great example of Japanese global women. I was very happy to be chosen one of them.
During the event there were performances by Stanford’s students on Japanese drums (taiko), Japanese fencing (kendo) and lovely performance by Japanese kindergarten students. Along with many volunteers, we had a very good time together.
Special thanks to the staff from LA who came for promotion of Hollywood movie school.
Meanwhile, I’ll be working hard to produce quality work as a company to connect people and society together.