The Japan America Society of Southern California announces the launch of the “Women’s Leadership Counts” Initiative (WLCI) on Wednesday, June 25, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills, 2151 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles.

Registration is at 4 p.m., panel discussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and networking reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

Julia Wada
Julia Wada

This first-of-its-kind initiative provides a platform for women in business on both sides of the Pacific to engage in professional and leadership development. Together with JASSC’s partner organizations, business executives and community leaders, the WLCI will create a network that inspires action and moves the needle on women’s leadership. It will also provide unparalleled opportunities to connect with current and future leaders.

WLCI is made possible in part by a generous JAS Initiative grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


• Maria Faillace, executive vice president of production, CBS Films

• Bonnie G. Hill, Ed.D., president, B. Hill Enterprises LLC; lead director, Board of Directors, The Home Depot, Inc.; director, AK Steel Holding Corporation, California Water Service Group, The Rand Corporation and Yum Brands Inc. (Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut)

• Julia Wada, group vice president, HR and Business Technology Solutions, Toyota Financial Services; director, Japan America Society of Southern California

The moderators are the co-hosts of “Unfinished Business” on KFWB 980: Renee White Fraser, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Fraser Communications, and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, president, Berkhemer Clayton Inc.

Admission is $45 for members, $55 for non-members. For admission plus one-year JASSC membership ($75 value), the cost is $100.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kay Amano at or call 310-965-9050 ext 104. For more information, go online to

Event sponsors: GOLD (Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity), Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills.

Cooperating organizations: Foreign Trade Association, Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Women in International Trade-Los Angeles.

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