MetLife and the TOMODACHI Initiative Open Applications for Future Global Women Leaders to Join TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program for its Fifth Year
TOKYO, 29 May 2017 – MetLife Japan and the TOMODACHI Initiative are pleased to announce the open-application process for the fifth year of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program (TMWLP). The application process begins on May 29 and closes on June 26.
TMWLP was established in 2013 with the aim of developing the next generation of globally active women leaders. Over a ten-month period, the program provides highly-motivated Japanese female university students with training sessions focused on leadership development and financial empowerment in order to hone their leadership skills. To provide them with significant exposure to role models on their path towards becoming leaders, each student is assigned an active mid-career female professional as a mentor for one-on-one support and to develop network-building opportunities.
As a global company, MetLife places a high value on diversity and inclusion (D&I) and is actively involved in initiatives to empower women. MetLife believes that training women leaders for the future is the responsibility of a global company and is an investment in the development of Japan.
In the four-year period since the program began, a total of 338 women (169 women university students and 169 mentors) have participated in TMWLP. The program is supported jointly by MetLife in the U.S. and MetLife Japan as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative through 2020.
Chairman, President and CEO of MetLife Japan, Sachin N. Shah remarked, “For MetLife, D&I is a business imperative. As Japanese society evolves dramatically, it is crucial that we empower Japanese women to be able to make life decisions with confidence. We believe it is part of our responsibilities to actively invest in D&I, for instance by expanding education opportunities. We are confident that this program will be a cornerstone for many Japanese women with ambition, enabling them to fulfil their career as a leader of the next generation.”
President of the U.S.-Japan Council, Irene Hirano Inouye also commented, “We sincerely appreciate the steadfast commitment of MetLife to the issue of working women in Japan and to the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program in particular. Through this partnership, we are able to offer a 10-month long training program to up-and-coming Japanese young women, with advice, training, mentorship, and networks that will help them build their careers in a global context. The TOMODACHI Initiative, and the U.S-Japan Council more broadly, is proud to support women’s empowerment in Japan, and is committed to developing future female leaders of the U.S.-Japan relationship.”
Application Details for the Fifth Year TWMLP
- Application Period: May 29 – June 26, 2017
- Program Locations: Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Naha
- Eligibility and Number of Participants:
・Mentees: 50 female university students who can attend training sessions in the program locations
・Mentors: 50 mid-career female professionals from the for-profit and non-profit sectors
- Language Requirement: English
- Program Period: September 2017 – June 2018
- Program Overview:
1. Leadership development and financial empowerment training sessions in Japan
2. U.S. study tour (the opportunity to interact with and learn from U.S. government personnel and global leaders from for-profit and non-profit organizations)
3. Annual Conference (a graduation ceremony that serves as the opportunity to present lessons learned from the program)
- Apply to the program at http://usjapantomodachi.org/2017/05/22504/
On May 28, 2017, the Annual Conference for fourth-year participants was held in Tokyo. Special guests included Hikariko Ono (Spokesperson, Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), Maco Yoshioka (Founder and Co-director of Madre Bonita, a non-profit organization in Japan), Kathy Matsui (Vice-Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan), and Christina Ahmadjian (Professor, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Commerce and Management), who each gave the participants words of encouragement. The participants delivered presentations on the theme of leadership to share their insights from the program.
About the TOMODACHI Initiative
The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, with support from the Government of Japan. Born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges, as well as leadership programs. The initiative seeks to foster a “TOMODACHI Generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world. Visit us at www.tomodachi.org
About MetLife Insurance K.K
MetLife started operations in 1973 as the first foreign life insurance company in Japan. Since then, it has provided an innovative and broad range of products through diverse distribution channels to individual and institutional customers. It currently operates as a Japanese corporation, MetLife Insurance K.K. MetLife is committed to providing trusted navigation to help people become more self-reliant and able to pursue more from life. For more information, visit http://www.metlife.co.jp.