International Women's Day


Spotlight on Japan 2017


In March 2017 do something meaningful. Do something memorable. Do something fun. Do something which can make a difference to gender equality, locally and globally.

On March 8th 2017, around the world, millions of people will come together to mark International Women’s Day. On March 7th, in Tokyo, we will be shining the spotlight on Japan; celebrating achievements, best practice, small victories and innovations.

Gender equality is something that affects everyone, whether female or male, a parent, a grandparent, aunt or uncle, working or non-working.

Spotlight on Japan 2017, hosted by Mums in Business Tokyo and the Peninsula Hotel, is delighted to welcome everyone who wants to make a difference; at a personal, charitable, community or professional level, to come along for an inspiring, fun and interactive evening.

What can you look forward to:

  • Interviews with our Spotlight Ambassadors - hear the stories and advice from our Spotlight Ambassadors. These are real women and men who are all trailblazers in their respective fields and not simply the CEOs of the world who are already at the top of the ladder.
  • An interactive discussion from a panel of five thought provoking speakers.
  • Information shared on social media pre and post event; ideas and suggestions of how you can make a difference as an individual or as a company.
  • An audience of entrepreneurs, business leaders and individuals at mid-career level - a fabulous representation of the rich diversity in Tokyo today.
  • Delicious food and wines, a stunning view over Tokyo in the 5* surrounds of the Peninsula Hotel

Tickets are now on sale

10,000 JPY per person



Sonja Vodusek

General Manager, The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo

Ms. Vodusek joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (holding company of The Peninsula Hotels) as Hotel Manager at The Peninsula New York in 2010. She relocated to Manila seven months later as General Manager in 2011. A native of Yarrawonga in Victoria, Australia, she received separate diplomas in hotel and business management from the Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) in Sydney and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, respectively. Prior to joining The Peninsula Hotels, she had 16 years of experience holding various executive management positions in the luxury hospitality sector at Four Seasons hotels in the United States, Japan, Ireland, Australia and the Czech Republic. She was appointed the first female General Manager of a Tokyo Luxury Hotel on her return to Tokyo in December 2015.

Committed to the “one big family of people” who are the hospitality industry worldwide, Ms. Vodusek has applied her international experience across all disciplines – Housekeeping, Front Office, Reception, Kitchens, Food & Beverage – as a volunteer instructor for underprivileged youth at the Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School in Siem Reap, Cambodia.



Yukako Caffrey

Deputy COO – Barclays Securities Japan Limited

Yukako Caffrey is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Securities Japan Limited, based in Tokyo.

Since joining Barclays Japan in 2010, Yukako has led numerous teams in Operations across Tokyo and Singapore.  In August 2016, Yukako joined the Japan Country Management team.

Prior to joining Barclays, Yukako began her experienced career at Lehman Brothers, before moving on to Michael Page International.  Her collective history has taken her to offices in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

She is married with 2 young children.


Jennifer Shinkai

Independent Facilitator and Executive Coach

Jennifer Shinkai helps people create and communicate change as an executive coach and facilitator. Passionate about developing high potential women leaders, Jennifer runs two Lean In Circles and has been at guest speaker at the FEW Careers Strategies Seminar.

Originally from the UK, Jennifer holds an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University. With almost twenty years experience in Japan, Jennifer proved her agility as an agent of change in a variety of management roles in L&D, Sales Operations and Marketing at en world, a group of APAC recruitment companies.

Jennifer draws on her experience and helps clients create diverse, inclusive and collaborative global teams.

In addition to completing her studies for Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials in Spring 2017, Jennifer has just completed training for her third Tokyo marathon. She has a four year old son and is proud to have overcome the “ichinensei no kabe” as the mother of a first grade daughter in Japanese elementary school.

Ai Otsu

Ai Otsu

Senior Director, CBRE KK

Ai Otsu is Head of Marketing & Communications for the commercial real estate services firm, CBRE.  In this capacity she is responsible for managing a team of 11 professionals who serve the business’ 17 service lines across 10 domestic markets.  Ai is also a member of CBRE’s Japan Operating Committee and serves as an executive advisor to the organization’s Women’s Network.

She joined CBRE from AIG Japan, where she was concurrently Head of Corporate Communications and Head of Engagement.  In her 15 years with the company, she also served on AIG Japan’s leadership team, and was very active in the company’s diversity initiatives.

She is a single mother of a 20-year old son.


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