TEDxTokyo Coming on Saturday May 21


This coming Saturday, May 21, we will see the  TEDxTokyo 2011 at  Miraikan in Odaiba.  Last year, I was invited for the first time and saw a variety of exciting and stimulating presentations. While this event is by Invitation only, you can watch ustream.

Today, May 17, we are fortunate to have Todd Potter, curator of TEDxTokyo, as our guest for the Innovator Seminar Series at KMD.  We followed the dialogue style(rather than one-way presentation), making the best of the opportunity to have him physically with us.  After all,  we can watch video and slides online, but we do not have many opportunities to have him in person face to face!

We (Todd and I) are getting more and more excited as we talked about many things and I hope that the students who were present there get some of that passion.  I was very impressed with his message, “Do something you are passionate about, as time is short” which I fully agree.  After all, it is our own life and we do NOT want to waste any part of it.

Yoko Ishikura
Yoko Ishikura is a Professor at Hitotsubashi University ICS in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Japan. She has held positions as a professor at the School of International Politics, Economics and Business of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, as a consultant at McKinsey and Company Inc. Japan and a visiting professor at Darden School.

Professor Ishikura is a consultant to a number of multinational companies and has been a frequent speaker at management conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world. She was a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee for the Japanese government and the International Competitiveness Commission for METI. She is currently a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

She is the author of Strategic Shift from OR choices to AND paradigm, Building Core Skills of Organization , and the co-author of the following publications: Managing Diversity in the 21st Century, Strategy for Cluster Initiatives in Japan , and Building a Career to the World Class Professionals – all in Japanese. Her books in English include: Asian Advantage, Hitotsubashi on Knowledge Management and Trust and Antitrust in Asian Business Alliances.

Professor Ishikura’s current research interests are focused on global competition, innovation, and knowledge management. She received her BA from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; MBA from Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; and DBA from Harvard Business School.
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