Kaori Sasaki

Founder & CEO, ewoman, Inc.
Founder & CEO, UNICUL International, Inc.
Founder & Chair, International Conference for Women in Business
PROFILE
Kaori Sasaki established UNICUL International, Inc. (www.unicul.com), a communications consultancy that offers executive media training and translation and interpretation in seventy languages, in 1987. Known as an internet pioneer, she opened the first portal for women in Japan in 1996 and founded ewoman Inc.(www.ewoman.jp), an influential think tank and diversity consultancy that provides marketing, branding, product development, and training to major corporations in 2000. She also founded and produces the International Conference for Women in Business (www.women.co.jp/conf/) in 1996, now the largest annual working women's conference in Japan.

Ms. Sasaki also currently serves on the boards of directors of public companies such as NEC Corporation, KOBAYASHI Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japan Post Co., Ltd., and AGP Corporation, and is a corporate auditor for Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance. She also serves on advisory boards and management councils for several major organizations, including the National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo), Sony Foundation for Education, KDDI Foundation, and The Internet Association of Japan. Conscious of her civic duty, she also serves on several councils for the Ministries of Education, of Economy, Trade and Industry, and of Information and Technology, including the Regulatory Reform Council of the Cabinet Office to which she was appointed by Prime Minister Abe.

Ms. Sasaki is a sought-after speaker who appears regularly as a commentator on various news programs. She traveled to over 30 countries as an international news reporter for Japan’s top-rated news show and anchored the “CBS 60 Minutes” show in Japan. Ms. Sasaki received a BA from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1983 and an honorary doctorate degree from Elmira College in New York in 2008.

She has written several best sellers including “Time Management” and “Seven Concepts for a More Rewarding Life.” Asahi Shimbun credited her with creating the day planner boom in Japan after she launched “Action Planner,” another perennial best seller. She makes over 60 speeches a year about time management, diversity management, work-life balance, corporate social responsibility, and new methods of marketing to smart consumers. She has made over 1500 speeches in Japan and overseas, including those at OECD and APEC conferences.

She is married and has two children.
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