I am the daughter of two incredible parents who gave me a boundless gift — a love for learning and a passion for growth. Growing up as a first generation Japanese American in suburban Virginia, my parents taught my siblings and I that anything is possible if and when we lead with compassion, view things with a sense of awe, and stay committed to what we love. I deeply believe that learning is love made visible.
My professional life has centered on three pillars: coaching, facilitating and managing. I coach people to activate their purpose and take action on their dreams. I design and facilitate experiences that help people learn and grow so that they can live healthy, centered, and confident lives. I manage teams that produce results and promote healthy, supportive cultures that encourage people to be their best.
I am currently the Vice President of Dream Academy at The Future Project where I create spaces for Dream Directors and our internal team to learn and grow. Previously, I was the Managing Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania where I designed and managed executive training programs for social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.
Earlier in my career, I worked for Ashoka, the world’s largest association of social innovators, identifying social entrepreneurs. I supported Ashoka Youth Venture’s partnership with New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 2014, I was a Fellow at The Governance Lab at New York University, an organization funded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
At The GovLab Academy, I helped launch a free, online community for individuals working to open their institutions and work more collaboratively to solve public problems. While an undergraduate student, I co-founded and led a Students Helping Honduras, a nonprofit organization improving access to quality education for children across northern Honduras.
As a public speaker, I love engaging in dialogue around the future of learning and personal development. I’ve facilitated and spoken at events with leading organizations such as Alpha at Telefonica, IDEO U, Hive Global Leaders Programs, the Unreasonable Institute’s Girl Effect Accelerator, NYU’s Reynolds Changemakers Challenge, Iceland’s Saga Summit, Ashoka Changemakers & American Express Emerging Innovators Boot Camp, and Dell Social Innovation Challenge.