Events / Monthly Meeting

FULLY BOOKED – Expanding Our Views on Women

Merging the collaborative synergies of ADIDAS and the members of FEW, on the evening of November 15th, we come together to expand our views on what it means to be a women in order to empower ourselves and the women in our lives.

Thursday November 15th / 18:30 - 20:30 / Members ¥2,000 / Non-members ¥5,000

How can we grow our own self-limiting narratives and definitions to expand our views on women, foster solidarity across women and men on our teams, and to discover our potential as change agents within our respective organizations? Find out at FEW’s November Monthly Meeting, presented by ADIDAS at their beautiful Headquarters in Roppongi.

The panel of experts, of which one is FEW President Riya Rapp, will be moderated by FEW’s Program Co-director Jackie Steele who will lead us through the conversation. As always, the event will continue with networking, this time between members, guests, and ADIDAS employees paired with delicious food and drink provided by Kiwi Kitchen.

Meet the Panelists

EricaErika Yamaguchi, ReebokONE Ambassador

Erika Yamaguchi ReebokONE Ambassador and founder of Becore Training. Provided training/conditioning for nearly 3,000 people in more than ten years as sports trainer, instructor and personal trainer. Clients include athletes, models and celebrities. Interviewed and introduced by various media and magazines.


MarioMario Stein, Area Managing Director, Consumer North East Asia, and President, Johnson & Johnson K.K. Consumer Company

Mario Stein joined Johnson & Johnson in 2014 as President of J&J K.K. Consumer Company in Japan. After successfully reinventing the Japanese business into one of the strongest performing markets for J&J in Asia Pacific, Mario was promoted to Area Managing Director for the Consumer business in an expanded territory called North East Asia, consisting of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong in 2018. Prior to joining J&J, Mario was Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Emerging Markets for Cycling Sports Group / Cannondale Japan, a leading global sports bicycle manufacturer. Mario started his career at Iwasaki Electric Co. K.K in Tokyo, Japan after graduating from university. After finishing his MBA, he worked for The Gillette Company, which was later acquired by P&G. During his 14 year career at P&G, he held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and sales across multiple brands and in several countries, including Germany, USA and Japan.

He speaks English, Spanish Japanese and French, and has an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Marketing from the University of Michigan.


Riya RappRiya Rapp, President, For Empowering Women (FEW)

Riya Rapp has a BA in art history as well as a conceptual jewelry art and a gemologist’s degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Her corporate career began as a specialist for the Jewelry Department at Christie’s Auction House in New York, where she became Assistant Vice President. While in Tokyo, she has served as Head of Talent for two market research firms and more recently as Admissions Director for Tokyo International School. In Sydney, she co-managed an organic farm initiative for public school students to foster awareness of healthy eating choices and the origins of the foods they put in their bodies. A native New Yorker, Riya has lived in Tokyo and Sydney, but likes to think of herself as a ‘Have Bag Will Travel with Yoga Mat’ citizen of the world. As President of FEW, she hopes to broaden the membership to be more inclusive of younger women and English-speaking Japanese women by providing inspiring content that can serve as the common connector. She believes in the importance of community and aims to create a vibrant, global-minded, and comfortable space where women can network and let down their hair.


Jackie_SteeleModerator: Jackie F. Steele, Program Director, For Empowering Women (FEW)

Jackie Steele is a political scientist specializing in the integration of women and diversity into democratic institutions, policy-making, and boards of governance in advanced democracies. She has taught at universities in Canada and Japan over the past decade, and during her 20 years in Japan, Jackie has contributed leading frameworks of ‘diverse citizenship’ and ‘intersectional analysis’ to networks in academia, government, and civil society, While associate professor at the Institute of Social Science (UTokyo), she co-founded in 2014 the Research Network on Gender and Diversity in Political Representation As Managing Editor of Social Science Japan Journal (Oxford), Jackie witnessed firsthand the increased quality in the Journal’s deliberations as a result of diversifying board membership across gender, generation, nationality and continental region. She is pursuing conversations with private sector change agents in Japan who wish to ground a practice of diversity in their organizations and boards of governance. An associate researcher at the University of Tokyo (Komaba) and mother of two delightful young children, Jackie is pleased to curate inspiring content for FEW members as Program Director.

Event Details

FULLY BOOKED – Expanding Our Views on Women
Thursday November 15th
18:30 - 20:30
Members ¥2,000 / Non-members ¥5,000
adidas Japan
1-9-10 Roppongi | Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0032
Registration deadline
Monday November 12th