Program | Last Call – JAST Women’s Leadership Luncheon – Mar 30

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is pleased to be a collaborating partner with the Japan-America Society of Tennessee in presenting:


The Second Annual JAST


Women’s Leadership Forum


and Networking Luncheon


“Leadership Firsts: Accelerating Change, Advancing Opportunity”


Wednesday, March 30, 2016
10:45 am -2:00 pm



Cheekwood Botanic Garden and Museum of Art

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205


Keynote: Rochelle Kopp, Managing Principal of Japan Intellectual Consulting

Panel Includes:

  • Speaker Beth Harrell, Tennessee House of Representatives
  • Nashville Mayor Megan Barry
  • Councilwoman Mina Johnson, Metro Council of Nashville and Davidson County


Highlights of this year’s forum also include Guided Tours of Cheekwood’s famous “Pine Mist” Japanese Garden, an all new array of Japan-focused cultural displays, artisan demonstrations and works for sale, special give-aways, and a handcrafted signature memento of the occasion for each participant. Please join us for this exciting program, cultural experience and networking opportunity!

Preliminary Agenda

10:45 a.m. Optional Guided Tours of Shomu-en, Cheekwood’s “Pine Mist” Japanese Garden (allow 20 minutes)(Tours will be offered in English and Japanese. A narrative viewing option will also be offered at 10:50 a.m.for those with limited mobility or time)

11:00 a.m. Registration Opens
Refreshment Station Open in Massey Auditorium, Botanic Hall
Informal Networking, Artisan Marketplace and Cultural Displays

11:45 a.m. Seated Luncheon Begins:
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Table Hosts facilitate networking among luncheon guests

12:15 p.m. Keynote Remarks by Rochelle Kopp, Japan Intercultural Consulting
Panel Discussion and Q & A, moderated by Rochelle Kopp
Closing Remarks and Wrap-Up

1:00 p.m. Optional Guided Tours of Shomu-en, Cheekwood’s “Pine Mist” Japanese Garden
(Guided Tours will also be offered at 1:10 and 1:30, please allow 20 minutes to complete the tour)
Informal Networking, Self-serve Coffee, Artisan Marketplace and Cultural Displays Resume

2:00 p.m. Tours, Networking, Cultural Demonstrations and Exhibits Conclude

The Japan-America Society of Tennessee is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit corporation funded by corporate and individual membership dues, event sponsorships and foundation grants. Proceeds from the Women’s Forum and Networking Luncheon further support JAST’s educational, economic development and community outreach programs.

Contact JAST with questions.


Kopp, Harwell, Barry and Johnson headline March 30th Leadership Luncheon

Nashville, TN – Rochelle Kopp, a leading authority on Japanese corporate culture and managing principal of Northern California-based Japan Intercultural Consulting, will keynote and moderate a panel of distinguished local political leaders at the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Forum and Networking Luncheon on March 30th from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Cheekwood Botanic Garden and Museum of Art’s Massey Botanic Hall.

Beth Harwell, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives; Megan Barry, Mayor of Nashville; and Mina Johnson, Councilwoman of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County headline the forum’s panel discussion, themed “Leadership Firsts: Accelerating Change, Advancing Opportunity.”

Intended to localize the global conversation on empowering women in the context of economic growth and opportunity, entrepreneurship and civic engagement, the forum is a program of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST). Online registration, limited to 150, is open through March 25th at

“We are thrilled to feature such inspiring leaders and panelists this year,” said Leigh Wieland, CEO of JAST. “As highly respected role models and agents for change, they exemplify the vitality that individuals of diverse backgrounds, talents and perspectives bring to responsible public and private sector leadership.”

Informal business networking and cultural enrichment are also featured to encourage both women and men in the state’s Japan-connected community to take a greater role in Japan-U.S. relations by being a force for positive change within their organizations and communities. It is an occasion to inspire future leaders, share new insights and build prosperous relationships.

The economies of Japan and Tennessee are closely intertwined. Japanese-owned firms in Tennessee directly employ nearly 50,000 state residents and, indirectly, support an additional 100,000 jobs. Japan has held the top position among the state’s international investors for decades, starting in the early 1980s with the location of Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Smyrna.

JAST’s Women’s Leadership Forum and Networking Luncheon is generously underwritten by Presenting Sponsor Nissan North America, Inc.; Key Sponsors Cheekwood, Nashville International Airport, Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc., and the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development; and also by Event Patron Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund. Additional grant funding is provided by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership through the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

JAST, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, was established in 2000 to create mutual economic benefit by facilitating prosperous relationships with Japan. Serving as honorary co-chairs of the Society are Consul General of Japan in Nashville Masami Kinefuchi and Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam. The Society is governed by a 25-member volunteer Board of Directors and funded by corporate and individual membership contributions, grants, event sponsorships and program fees. For more information, visit JAST’s website at or contact Leigh Wieland at 615-663-6060 or


The Tennessee World Affairs Council is pleased to provide announcements for global affairs programs in the community that may be of interest to our members.

For more information please contact the program organizer.

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