“I want to give the younger generation a chance to make a change,” said Mari Miyoshi, the first woman to be named president and CEO of Sumitomo Realty & Development USA and chairwoman of the Japan America Society of Southern California.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Miyoshi when she agreed to lead the JASSC because of the group’s 113-year history and the huge responsibility that came with it, not to mention the demands of being president and CEO of SRD USA.
“They have asked me many times to lead JASSC. Just by thinking about it, I didn’t know how I’d manage my busy schedule. Before I committed, I first wanted to make sure that I can give more than a 100%. When the time came that I knew I was fully ready, I finally accepted the offer,” Miyoshi recalled.
As only the second woman to chair the JASSC, Miyoshi wants to change the focus of the people she will work with. She believes that the younger generation has a lot to offer. Their determination and eagerness to meet her global vision will deliver benefits to the JASSC. Diversity will be another objective for Miyoshi, who emphasizes that nationality, race and gender will not be a factor in serving the JASSC.