2019 TOMODACHI Generation Summit
Meet 発見・Merge 交流・Move 動力
Tokyo, Japan | September 8, 2019
The 2019 TOMODACHI Generation Summit is a yearly event that brings together all TOMODACHI Alumni from across different regions, both domestic and international, from different industries and sectors – government, business, academia and nonprofit – to discuss the current status and the future of U.S.-Japan relations, how the next generation can prepare and contribute this future together, and to celebrate the impact of the TOMODACHI Initiative on our lives.
This Summit will be planned and executed by a core committee of seven alumni with engagement from various alumni as speakers, workshop facilitators, volunteers, and regional representatives; thus making the Summit a signature program of the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program that is created by alumni, for alumni.
The 2019 TOMODACHI Summit will be held at Showa Women’s University with support from Temple University in Tokyo, Japan on September 8, 2019. More details will follow.
Strengthen the TOMODACHI Identity & Alumni Network
・Empower the Next Generation by sharing motivational stories of impact by alumni
・Enhance personal & professional development through workshops and speeches
・Develop connections across generations and highlight the power of people-to-people relations
“Planting the SEEDs of leadership in the TOMODACHI Generation”
TOMODACHI Era: Climbing the Summit Together — How will YOU step into the new era?
The year 2019 marked the beginning of the new Reiwa Era in Japan and with the upcoming Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Tokyo next year, this Summit aims to inspire each participant throughout the event and encourage them to take proactive steps in the new era and to look forward to post-2020 and beyond.
❖ Social Issues
➢ Diversity and Inclusion
➢ Gender Equality
➢ Social Entrepreneurship
➢ Tohoku Resilience
➢ Hospitality & Tourism
➢ Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy
❖ Soft Skills
The Summit will contain exciting and inspirational sessions such as a Keynote Speaker on the future of US-Japan relations post-2030, TOMO Voices speeches from alumni, Industrial Insights panel discussions from professionals, and Interactive Workshops teaching soft skills in an engaging and memorable way. In order to align with our theme, each session will be planned so the participants will be able to learn, think, and engage proactively. The TOMODACHI Generation Summit can be an amazing opportunity for alumni within the United States and Japan to come together as they will be the leaders to better the world in this new era. Let us all meet, merge, and move towards the next era together.
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Audience: Over 250 people
Language: English and Japanese
Age Range: 18-25 (high school students can apply to volunteer)
Registration Information: Please see and click below
TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2018
On September 9, 2018, nearly 300 TOMODACHI alumni (past program participants), guests, and supporters gathered at Showa Women’s University for the TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2018, under the theme Meet, Move, Merge. The day-long event was comprised of multiple formats including plenaries, TED style talks, breakout sessions, and workshops. This event created by alumni, for alumni, is a core feature of the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. The TOMODACHI Summit is made possible through generous support by The Prudential. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2017
On September 10, the TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2017 was held at Showa Women’s University, gathering over 270 Japanese and American TOMODACHI alumni (past program participants), guests and supporters. This year, the Summit was held for the second time since 2015, and was planned and executed entirely by the alumni. The Summit commenced with opening remarks by Mr. Dennis Y. Teranishi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S.-Japan Council, and Ms. Mariko Bando, Sept NL TOMO Summit 1Chancellor of Showa Women’s University, who kindly agreed to offer the venue for the Summit.
The TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2017 was held with generous support from The Prudential Foundation. Read More>>
TOMODACHI Generation Summit 2015
The first ever TOMODACHI Generation Summit was launched at Sophia University in Tokyo on November 8, 2015. This inaugural summit brought together approximately 140 university students and young professionals from the United States and Japan who are alumni of various TOMODACHI programs, including cultural exchange, homestay, and leadership programs.
TOMODACHI Generation Summit was made possible by the generous support of The Prudential Foundation, which sponsors the TOMODACHI Alumni Leadership Program. Special thanks to Delta Airlines for contributing complimentary flights to several of the American participants. Read More>>