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From Locker Room to C-suite

Kick off the new year at FEW's January Monthly Meeting to learn how to leverage an ‘atypical’ background in the corporate world. Dr. Yumi Tomei, former member of Japan Women's National Football team and an expert on leadership and team-building, and Janelle Sasaki, Japan Area Leader for EY's Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) will speak about how women athletes are contributing to the business world after their sports careers.

Thursday January 17th / 18:30 - 22:00 / FEW Members ¥2,000, Associates ¥1,500 JPY / Guests ¥5,000 (incl. salad/finger food buffet, soft drinks and wine)

How Japan’s women athletes are re-defining leadership in business

Being a professional athlete leading a football team and being a strong leader for a company are not that different. After a successful career as a professional athlete, representing Japan at the Atlanta Olympics and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Yumi Tomei went back to graduate school to study organizational dynamics. Currently an associate professor in the Department of Business at Kanto Gakuen University, Tomei will reflect on what her career as a professional athlete taught her about leadership, and how she leveraged those skills to create a second career in business and research.

Our second guest, Janelle Sasaki, has promoted diversity and inclusion throughout her career in the United States and Japan. She has learned that talented leaders come from all sorts of fields and backgrounds; wise companies know how to identify and leverage those ‘atypical’ candidates. Leading the EY Women Athletes Business Network, Janelle will talk about the necessity for companies and HR professionals to re-calibrate their mindset in order to recognize and leverage the dedication, drive, and leadership skills of women athletes.

Together, the two speakers will discuss how Japanese corporations could more effectively leverage atypical talents as well as share the challenges and opportunities that come from supporting women athletes as they transition to careers in business.

Registration is now open!


TomeiDr. Yumi Tomei

Former Member, Japan Women’s National Football Team

Former Olympic Footballer, Japanese Olympic Team

Associate Professor, Department of Business, Kanto Gakuen University

Yumi Tomei is one of Japan’s first-generation, top-level women football players. She has made central contributions to the development of the sport in the country as the first woman to be appointed ambassador of the Japan Football Association.

Tomei obtained her doctorate from Juntendo University in 2014. Since April 2017, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business, Kanto Gakuen University, specializing in team-building and organizational dynamism with her research focusing on social behavior and supported by her insights gained through competitive athleticism. She has been recognized for her engaging presentations that build on both concrete life experiences and academic expertise.

JanelleJanelle Sasaki

Director, EY Japan

Gender Brand, Marketing and Communications

Women Athletes Business Network, Japan Area Leader

Janelle Sasaki leads the Gender Brand, Marketing and Communications for EY Japan. In 2018, she was appointed as EY’s Women Athletes Business Network, Japan Area Leader. Her role is to drive EY’s global and local initiatives for women entrepreneurs and athletes in Japan and growth markets.

Sasaki has a 15-year career in providing innovative branding and human resources solutions to multinational organizations. As a former competitive gymnast in the US, she credits her sports career for teaching her leadership skills that could not be taught in the classroom. As a shy girl, Sasaki used gymnastics to build her confidence, overcome challenges and, most importantly, never give up.

Event Details

From Locker Room to C-suite
Thursday January 17th
18:30 - 22:00
FEW Members ¥2,000, Associates ¥1,500 JPY / Guests ¥5,000 (incl. salad/finger food buffet, soft drinks and wine)
Tokyo Chapter
9 Chome-2-13 Akasaka | Tokyo | 107-0052 | Japan
Registration deadline
Tuesday January 15th