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Expanding Possibilities A Women’s Leadership Event
The 4th Japan WINConference, 17, 18 & 19 April 2014, Shangri-La Hotel |


シャングリ・ラ ホテル 東京

Elizabeth Handover, JHRS Women in HR Advocate Leader エリザベス・ハンドーヴァー, JHRSWomen in HR」提唱リーダー

Mireille Watanabe Handover JHRS, Women in HR Adviser |  渡辺 美玲JHRS「Women in HR」アドバイザー

Kristin Engvig WINConference Founder | クリスティン・エンヴィックWINコンファレンス創立者

The Japan WINConference 2014 opens new possibilities. World-class plenaries, experiential workshops and professional networking all within the unique context of Japanese business culture. Three WIN - Conference organizers give us their perspectives on WIN's mission. |  WINジャパン・コンファレンス2014が、日本の文化とビジネス環境というユニークな文脈のなかで、世界有数の講演者、ワークショップ、ネットワーク作りを通して、新しい可能性を開く。

Originally written in English

Elizabeth’s perspective

     What started as a dream at a kitchen table 17 years ago has now grown into a global phenomenon. WIN (Women’s International Networking) has conferences in Europe, India and Japan, with 4,000 members, more than 80 member associations and an impressive list of major corporate sponsors, business school support and media partners.

     The WINConference is the brainchild of Kristin Engvig, who believes that women “embody the power to influence, decide, lead and be an agent of change. Women lead with grace while being true to themselves, restruc - turing organizations into caring environments, making conscious decisions for long-term results, handling com - munication with empathy, and in every way ensuring that lives and careers blossom worldwide.”

     Mireille and I first went to the 2010 Global WINConference in Paris. The sheer size and scale of the event, the global diversity, the passion and vision of the speakers and the shared positive energy of 1,000 committed peo - ple in the room stunned both of us.

     In 2011, as a workshop leader at the Rome WIN, I was thrilled to meet with Kristin on the last day. We discovered a shared connection to Japan and a kindred inspirational drive and in 2012 the Japan WIN Conference was born.

     In Tokyo we stayed true to the WIN vision by attract - ing speakers who bring passion and extraordinary per sonal stories. Aside from corporate leaders, we also had performers, journalists and entrepreneurs bringing their own individual vision. We loved the atmosphere of spontaneous energy and did not give the agenda power over the interactive flow.

     Kristin herself sets the interactive bar high by never using a script and speaking directly, informally and “in-themoment” to the audience. She is also very serious about WIN’s purpose and, in fact, it is the uniquely open atmosphere Kristin creates which makes it even easier for the women to discuss their career concerns and aspirations, share business information and new ideas while gaining valuable new connections.

     As one of the speakers I also seek to contribute by sharing my own journey of personal growth, by deliberately setting out to take more risks on the stage, to speak out freely and authentically.

Mireille’s Perspective

     From the moment I got in the queue for registration at the WINConference in Paris in 2010 (the first women’s conference I had ever attended), I was aware of a friendliness and warmth unlike anything I have experienced at any other conference. And I soon found that this warmth reflected Kristin’s own positivity which became apparent the moment she went up on the stage.

     But Kristin is also very serious about WIN’s purpose, and this was reflected in the conversations she was having with others over lunch or in the networking breaks. Women were discussing their career concerns and aspirations with each other or sharing business ideas and seeking new connections. Alongside the smiles, laughter and morning yoga sessions, the women at WIN are just as serious about business.

     I am very proud that in bringing the WINConference to Tokyo we have been able to keep this magical mix of friendly seriousness. We can combine important discussions about gender equality in the workplace with violin playing and business skills workshops with Indian dancing. This is what makes the WINConference so special. It might not be the only women’s leadership event in Japan, but I’m sure it’s the only one where you can listen to a speech by the chairman of Calbee on one day and be waving your arms in the air to the sounds of Indian music the next.

     I don’t know what special treats Kristin has in store for us this year but I know I want to be there to find out.

Kristin’s Perspective

     WIN is best known for its WINConferences, the global women’s leadership conference that we have successfully run 16 times, attracting more than 11,000 women leaders from around the world. We host and mobilize women's events in order to develop, empower and connect women with a feminine, authentic and global vision. The WINConference has become the reference for women working internationally and companies that are active in conscious leadership, gender and women’s management, diversity and inclusion.

     WIN puts this exciting event on the agenda to actively facilitate women leaders’ success by inspiring, empowering and developing women and welcoming men active in the transformation process. This will be WIN’s fourth event in Japan and the times have never been more promising. Today, business and politics alike understand that the key to a thriving future lies in allowing women into decision making and work creation. We gather in Tokyo to expand those possibilities and to see how best we can go about actively (and consciously) creating the future.

The Japan HR Society’s Perspective

     The Japan HR Society (JHRS), through its Women in HR Advocacy Program, proudly supports and endorse the Japan WINConference 2014. We consider this a unique opportunity to champion change by raising awareness of the contribution of women HR practitioners in Japan. We also recognize the value of this conference in creating professional development opportunities for our members to support the advancement of women HR practitioners so that they can fully express their talents and career aspirations.



     17年前の食卓で夢見たことが今や世界的な現象となった感がある。WIN(女性国際ネットワーキング)はヨーロッパ、インド、そして日本でコンファレンスを開催し、4,000人の会員と80団体以上の組織会員を集め、主要な企業スポンサー、ビジネススク ールやメディアの支援など、驚くほど多くの関係者の関心を集めている。





     クリスティン自身も原稿を使ったりせず、聴衆に直接話しかけ、決して形式ばらず、「その瞬間の」交流に身を任せた。彼女はまたWINの目的に真剣に向き合っているが、実際、クリスティンが作り出す雰囲気はユニークなほどオープンで、そこにいると女性たちは貴重な つながりをお互いに獲得すると同時に、キャリアに関することや願望、ビジネス情報や新しいアイデアについてもたやすく意見交換できるのである。





     東京でのWINコンファレンスでも、この親しさと真剣さを奇しくも同時に実現できたことを私は誇りに思っている。私たちはワークショ ップで、職場におけるジェンダーの平等についての重要な議論をバイオリン演奏と、ビジネス・スキルのワークショップをインド舞踊と組み合わせることができるのだ。このような垣根のなさがWINコンファレンスを特別なものにしている。日本でこのコンファレンス以外にも女性のリーダーシップに関するイベントは存在するだろうが、カルビーの会長による講演を聞いた翌日に、参加者たちがインド音楽に合わせて腕を振って踊るようなイベントは、このコンファレンスをおいて他にはないと確信している。






     The Japan HR Society(JHRS)は、私たちの「ウィーメン・イン・HR」提言プログラムを通して、日本における女性HR専門家の貢献に対する認知度を高め、革新をもたらす彼女たちのユニークな機会作りの最高の機会として、2014年WINジャパン・コンファレンスを支援し推奨する。また、このコンファレンスについて私たちのメンバーが、女性自身の才能や仕事上の願いを十分に表現できるよう、女性HR実践家を支援する専門的な発展の機会を提供するという本コンファレンスの価値を十分に認識している。



Elizabeth Handover is president of Intrapersona K.K. and a Lumina Learning partner for Asia. She is co-chair of the ACCJ Women in Business Committee, co-founder of the Women's Leadership Development Centre and special adviser to the Global WIN Conference.


エリザベス・ハンドーヴァー イントラペルソ ナKKの社長であり、ルミナラーニングのアジア 地域パートナー。彼女はACCJウィメン・イン・ ビジネス・コミティーの共同代表であり、ウィメ ンズ・リーダーシップ・ディベロップメント・セ ンターの共同創始者、またグローバルWINコ ンファレンスの特別顧問でもある。
  Mireille Watanabe Handover is a Lumina Learning partner for Asia. As a Lumina faculty member, she trains and supports licensed Lumina practitioners to deliver inspiring and practical workshops in the areas of global leadership, diversity, teamwork and presentation skills.  

渡辺  美玲  ルミナ・ラーニングのアジア地域パートナーである。ルミナの講師メンバーとして、彼女は、グローバル・リーダーシップやダイバーシティ、チームワークやプレゼン技術の分野に関する参加者のモチベーションを高め、実践に役立つワークショップをルミナのライセンスを持つ講演者が開催できるようにするため、研修や支援を行っている。

Kristin Engvig is the creative mind and engaging spirit behind the face of WIN. She is a visionary who transformed her idea of "bringing a more feminine, global and sustainable vision to work, communities and life" into an annual conference to empower, develop and connect women leaders.   クリスティン・エンヴィック WINの創造的知性であり他人を巻き込む精神の人。“さらに女性的で、グローバル、仕事・コミュニティー・生活の持続性”という自分のアイデアを女性リーダ ーをエンパワーし開発し、つなぐ年次コンファレンスという形で実現した先見の明のある人。


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