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Date of publication: Jul 22, 2019

Damon Mackey

CEO
catalyst4mba.com
https://www.catalyst4mbas.com/

Date of birth: Jan. 1, 1972

Hometown: San Jose, California

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 19 (as of July 2019)

Damon Mackey
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

Part of my study at California State University, Chico, included an internship on the tropical island of Saipan where I met Japanese people for the first time and became so interested in their culture that I came to visit.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I believe I have a duty to add value to other people’s lives, simply because I can. I have this quote from Einstein I look at daily: “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and still receiving.”

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

As we started the organization to help people connect, share and grow, the things that made work at catalyst4mbas.com worthwhile have been holding our first summit with the CEO of General Electric Co. as keynote speaker and 300 MBA attendees; holding Japan’s largest MBA Career Forum for four years and streamlining those events into our summits that are for MBA and master's holders and high-performance people, along with exclusive seminars to meet Big Four partners in person.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

At catalyst4mbas.com we have a close-knit family culture so, being a part of a family and to individually feel valued here is absolutely essential. My goals are to continue to put our people first, keep this family culture and foster growth through world-class training and working with integrity to build trust with clients. Continuing to bring the Big Four consulting companies top talent and promoting our clients into the top MBA schools and our exclusive database of high-performance professionals through our exclusive events.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Respecting the culture is huge. Understanding that things are done differently in Japan and respecting that is important. Trying to learn best practices of this unique culture and mix it with your own can give you a broader way of thinking. There are good and bad points of group thinking, but so much that we can learn from it that is positive, from children cleaning their own schools to the general public not littering, etc. Getting involved in community events can be huge for you to fit into your neighborhood. Work culture is another thing that can be very difficult with longer work days and more rules than you can understand. Bring value where you can and learn as much as you can.

Last updated: Jul 22, 2019