I am the daughter of two incredible parents who gave me a boundless gift — a love for learning and a passion for living fully. 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 kindness, openness, and a curiosity for learning.
For the past decade, my life has centered around learning, and learning how to learn. I am living in my fullest, best self of myself when I am designing learning experiences, building relationships with people, coaching individuals to deepen their self-awareness and self-love practice, and equipping high-impact teams to make this world a better planet for all.
I am currently the Vice President of Dream Academy at The Future Project where I get the honor of creating learning spaces for our team of Dream Directors, Chiefs and the students they serve. 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 that my brother still runs to date.
As a public speaker, I love engaging in dialogue the future of learning. 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.
I am always looking to connect with people passionate about building a better future, together. I'd love to connect and support what you're doing.
You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org