It had exceeded all of my expectations in just one day.
Ms. THET Kanikaさん（Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Strategic Management and Organization 4th year.）
It was such a great honor for me to take part in the 21st International Conference for Women in Business on July 18th, Tokyo. This could only happen because of the help and supports from my matching sponsor, which I am very appreciated for her good deeds.
Before joining the conference, I had some expectations in mind and what I expected to learn from the program. However, I was very surprised that this conference was not only satisfied my thirst for knowledge, but it had exceeded all of my expectations in just one day. It was arranged in a beautiful hall, but the most astonishing factor was the speakers and their themes throughout the day. Maybe because I am a foreigner, who has not yet stayed in Japan long enough, I did not recognize the speakers’ position at first when I read through the program list. But their introduction, experiences, and all those motivational speeches amazed me, and I could not spend any day better than this.
Throughout the whole day, with an entire list of programs back-to-back, I was expected myself to be tired of all the lectures and speeches. But as the day went on, I found myself surprisingly into the topics raised during the conference this year. In term of content, I received many knowledge and information regarding women in business. I was most impressed with the Talk Show between Mr. Akira Matsumoto, Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, and Mr. Moyoi Oyama. Out of less than 30 min of discussion, I discovered many new things such as working cultures, organization structure of Japan. I was unanticipated to hear about the new changes of policy inside the company to welcome more women in Business Field. Not just this talk show, but the other speakers also brought a variety of information, different points of view in the various sectors such as Media, Education, Politic, and much more.
Not just the contents and speakers that made this event successful, but the opportunity to meet, talk and converse with many people that you would not come across otherwise was also one of the primary learning processes of this conference. I sat at a table full of people that have different viewpoints and expectations, but they are all there because they want to experience and learn something new. Furthermore, It was just not those who sit with you at lunch, but I also stumbled across many other interesting individuals that are currently pursuing their dreams. It was very inspirational and motivation to meet and hear their stories.
Overall, I believe that this is a great opportunity for those who wish to continue learning whether they are in school or out of school to experience new things. It is a good place to get inspired by many great business leaders and role models. I also think that it is a perfect place to build your network, and let yourself out to experience other individual’s stories and looking at things from different perspectives.