Kiyoko Toyama, former President of NKK Switches, is a strong leader who broke through the glass ceiling of a large Japanese company. She shared a picture in her presentation to business students of the top executives of the company when she became President... about 2 dozen men, one woman (Kiyoko). A see of black-haired Japanese senior executives... one Japanese woman executive.
Oh how times are changing, but not as fast as perhaps it should. There was a report that came out recently stating that 54% of graduating college students are women, but U.S. board rooms only are only 5% women.
What Kiyoko has faced in her career is still a factor in the U.S. and around the world.
Only 15% of US CEOs are women and only 7% of executives in technology firms are women. Progress is still needed!
The primary focus of this seminar at Arizona State University was international marketing, and how to have a successful global business career. I encourage you to watch upcoming videos being prepared on these topics - and to stay in touch with the Global Chamber for more on how to build your global career.
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We also have a regular 'global career roundtable' in many metros that gets those who seek international business careers and positions connected to those opportunities. It's important to us that globally-skilled leaders who wish to do global business find opportunities in the global tribe.
Thank you to ASU for the opportunity for us to speak to the business graduate students.