International Women's Day 2019: Balance for Better

March 8, 2019 17:30 - 19:30


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Balance is not a women's issue - it's a business issue

Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women's Day highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity in the workplace.

Across the world, companies and organisations are striving to achieve gender balance. Initiatives such as the 30% Club, He For She, and the W20 have begun to produce results in the public and private sectors. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, even gender-balanced sports coverage . . . 

Join us

The 2019 International Women's Day global theme is #BalanceforBetter. To join this year's movement in support of collective action and shared responsibility, we invite you to "International Women's Day 2019: Balance for Better", an event jointly presented by the BCCJ, Barclays and SMBC.

Here, a distinguished line-up of panelists will share with our audience the progress their organisations are making - as well as the challenges they face - in the area of gender equity, not only in the UK but in Japan, the Asia region, and globally.

Our Panelists

Keynote speaker: 

Takako Masai, Bank of Japan, Member of the Policy Board

Ms. Takako Masai served as an Executive Officer at Shinsei Bank, Limited from April 2013 until June 2016, and General Manager of the Bank's Financial Research Division since April 1, 2016 until June 22, 2016. She has been a Member of the Policy Board at Bank of Japan since June 30, 2016.  



Sue Kinoshita, British Embassy Tokyo, Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy
Sue Kinoshita is Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Sue graduated from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Most recently Deputy Head of Mission and Director Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul, Sue joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983, and completed 2 years' full time Japanese language training. Sue has also worked on EU accession issues, HR and Finance roles in the FCO. 



Vanessa Koo, Barclays, Head of Banking APAC
Vanessa Koo is a Managing Director and Head of Banking for Asia Pacific and Head of Banking for Greater China at Barclays, based in Hong Kong. Ms. Koo joined Barclays in 2010 as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Greater China. In 2012, she was appointed Head of Consumer and Retail Coverage for Asia Pacific. In 2014, she was appointed Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Asia Pacific, and subsequently in 2016, she was appointed Head of Banking for Greater China. 

Paul Lirette, GlaxoSmithKline Japan, President
Mr. Paul Lirette had been the President at GlaxoSmithKline Inc., from June 2012 to the end of January 2018, when he assumed the role of President
and Representative Director. . Mr. Lirette serves as President of Canada Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for all pharmaceutical operations in Canada. He is an industry leader with 25 years of global pharmaceutical experience and has held international leadership roles with GSK in both Europe and Australia.
Haruno Yoshida, W20, Co-Chair

Haruno Yoshida is currently serving as a W20 Co-Chair. Prior to this position, she has been the President of BT Japan for BT Group plc since January 2012. Haruna has 20 years of global sales experience in the communications industry, during which she repeatedly developed commercial successes with multinational enterprise customers, in Japan and around the world. Haruno is seen as a role model for the advancement of women in business in Japan.


Men and women: welcome
Can men attend this event? YES! Now, more than ever, there's a groundswell to normalise gender parity. It is incumbent upon us ALL to make sure that, working in tandem with member firms, the BCCJ leads the charge towards more inclusive 21st century workplace that will benefit men and women alike.



■ By train:
From Otemachi Station on the Tokyo Metro subway lines (entrance directly connects with the C-14 exit.)

From Tokyo Station on the JR Line (7 minute walk from the Marunouchi North Exit)






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Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation East Tower 28F Hall
1-3-2 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku

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