Kaori Sasaki, Founder & CEO, ewoman, Inc.; UNICUL International, Inc.; and International Conference for Women in Business (Japan)
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 in 1996, now the largest annual working women’s conference of its kind in Japan with the longest history and highest satisfaction rate, which many Ministers have attended, including Prime Minister Abe.
Ms. Sasaki also currently serves on the boards of directors of major companies such as NEC Corporation, KOBAYASHI Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japan Post Co., Ltd., and AGP Corporation, and was a corporate auditor for Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance. In September 2018, she will launch an exclusive membership club “THE BOARD” for active female public board members and entrepreneurs working globally to inspire each other and to accelerate their business growth and will introduce them to public companies as a board member.
Also, Ms. Sasaki is appointed to be a chair of the JAPAN Chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization (US), the premier membership organization for women entrepreneurs, presidents, CEOs, and managing directors worldwide. Conscious of her civic duty, she also serves on many councils for the Ministries of Health, Labor and Welfare, 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 media. She makes speeches about diversity management, time management, 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 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.