Diversity: What's the Point?

Sept. 6, 2012 08:00 - 09:30


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Diversity: Is Japan ever going to catch up with the west - and does the west have that much to boast about? In Japan, women are about as likely to sit on boards as we are to enjoy a temperate summer, while diversity programmes in many western cultures leave women holding only around 20% of senior management positions.

Still, where women lead, other elements of diversity can follow; this concept is about much more than gender. Diversity is about age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and even lifestyle (for example, being unable to commit to Japan's obligatory overtime practices due to family obligations).
So what can be considered best practice in the area of diversity, and is this at all realistic in the straitjacket of misogynist Japan? And why does it make a difference for businesses? Our Quarterly Question Time on September 6 will cover the topic through the eyes of two passionate speakers, each of whom have deep professional knowledge and wide personal experience.


Barbara Adachi: National Managing Director, Human Capital, Deloitte

Barbara is responsible for overall strategy, P&L / financial performance and operations, talent recruitment and development, and delivery of human capital consulting services across the U.S. Barbara joined Deloitte in 1990 to start the Bay Area HC practice in San Francisco and specializes in total rewards, health benefits strategy and plan design.

In addition to her role as the U.S. HC leader, Barbara has also held the role of National Managing Principal for the U.S. Women’s Initiative (WIN) for the last four years, and serves on the board of Deloitte Consulting LLP. She has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Business” by San Francisco Business Times from 2003 through 2011, and was also named “Women Worth Watching in 2009” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine.  In 2009 Barbara received the Asian Women in Business Leadership Award.

Barbara also serves on the boards of Girl Scouts of the USA, American Heart Association, Forbes Executive Women, Professional Business Women of California Advisory Council, Santa Clara University HR Leadership Advisory Board and Anthem Blue Cross of California Consumer Relations Committee.

Haruno Yoshida: President, BT Japan

Since January 2012, Haruno Yoshida has headed BT's operations in Japan, driving the strategy and execution of all BT's business operations in the country.  She has over 20 years of global sales experience in the communications industry, throughout which she has repeatedly developed commercial successes with multinational enterprise customers, both in Japan and around the world. She is also seen as a role model for the advancement of women in business in Japan.

Haruno began her career with Motorola in Japan and then moved to a telecommunications company in Canada. From 2000 to 2008, she held a variety of roles at NTT in Japan and in the United States. Prior to joining BT, Haruno was general manager at Verizon Business, heading the company’s enterprise sales and executing the company’s growth strategy in Japan.

In Japan, BT has been in business for over 30 years, currently offering network IT services to multinational companies. BT Japan has a joint venture with KDDI and has a partnership with Hitachi for the sales and support of trading systems within the finance sector. BT Japan also provides services such as global Radianz extranet services to financial traders, and BT Conferencing Services.


Suzanne Price: Director, Price Global

Suzanne Price is the founder and Director of Price Global, a Tokyo-based change agent specialising in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) consultation for multi-national organisations across Asia Pacific, the UK and the US. With a background in applied psychology, Suzanne is an expert in designing, facilitating and implementing creative training programs, coaching high-potential leaders, and guiding employee engagement strategy - for companies such as AXA Life, BNY Mellon, and Goldman Sachs.

Suzanne served as Head of Diversity for UBS Securities Japan, from 2005-2010, achieving benchmark numbers for all diverse groups compared with competitors in Japan - including the number of women in senior positions and the number of employees with disabilities. During Suzanne's tenure at UBS, the company received a number of external awards and accolades, such as being named one of the top 100 companies for Japanese women in the Nikkei Women's Magazine and ranking second in the Hewitt Best Employer in Japan list.

Suzanne created and facilitated the Coca-Cola Female Leadership Programme for Women in Asia, which has run for over eight years. She has served as an external advisor to D&I committees, is the Former Director of NPO Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Association of Women in Finance. 

Price Global is known for delivering a wide variety of D&I programmes including: Female Leadership, Exploring Unconscious Bias, Behavioural Diversity, Cross-Culture, Coaching Emerging Leaders.

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Venue Information

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, 3F Linden Room
Direct access on foot from
Mitsukoshi-mae station: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line
English map: http://www.mandarinoriental.co.jp/tokyo/images/motyo_localmap_eng.pdf
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