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 love for learning.
I am a learning strategist, team alchemist and facilitator. I spend my time designing learning strategy, building relationships with people, working with a talented team of dreamers and doers who care deeply about connecting people, furthering our purpose and protecting the planet.
I am currently the Vice President of Dream Academy at The Future Project creating powerful spaces for our team of Dream Directors to learn and grow their impact. Previously, I was the Managing Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania where I directed applied learning programs. I helped individuals, teams and organizations focus on purpose and impact and equip the future generation with the mindsets and tools to create collective impact.
Previously, 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 around belonging, beliefs, power and purpose. As a learning experience designer, my passion is helping people connect with their purpose and take action from there. I've facilitated events and spoken at 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: email@example.com