This is not your average women's empowerment event. At EICN Tokyo we believe in the importance of equal opportunities for men and women in the business world as well as in every other part of society. In order to ensure that such equality is attained and cherished, we want to hear what some of the top business leaders in Tokyo have to say about working conditions, gender representation in executive roles, and other structural issues that may affect women's professional development, such as cultural and legal matters. To make the discussion truly equitable, we will fill our panel with equal numbers of men and women.
Japan has long been criticised for its low number of female managers,(between 6% and 7.5% depending on the source) and, more broadly, for the underrepresentation of women in decision-making positions; most notably for lagging behind other rich countries in electing a female prime minister. Yet, for many years the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has tried to show its commitment to lifting women's participation in the economy by setting goals such as having the proportion of women in leadership positions reach 30% by 2030.
What are the challenges and benefits for companies to have female leaders? What are some concrete examples of female leaders who have excelled in the corporate world? Do companies with a successful track record in reaching specific representation targets perform better? If not, what should other businesses learn from that? What do men in the corporate world think about this increasingly sensitive topic? Join us at this event where we gather some of Japan's most prominent executives —from both genders— to discuss Japan's diverse future while enjoying "Yozakura" cherry blossoms!
Dress code: Business attire
We would strongly encourage you to bring a high potential next generation leader, either male or female.