Student Leaders Attend Japan-America Society Annual Leadership Forum

Belmont Women’s Leadership Forum Delegation
Belmont Women’s Leadership Forum Delegation (Left to Right): Katelyn Wong, Michelle Dong, Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li, Claire Huang, Beni Frizzell, Consul-General Kayoko Fukushima, Mali Keyes and Megan Nolen

Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li, associate professor of Asian studies and Chinese language, led a delegation of six of the University’s promising women student leaders to the Seventh Annual Japan-America Society’s Leadership Forum on December 3 at the Tennessee State Museum. 

Featured speakers included the Honorable Kayoko Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Nashville; Jennifer Butler, Senior Manager, Student Relations Team, Ashinaga Foundation; and Masami Izumida Tyson, JAST Board Chair, Global Director of FDI and Trade, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The forum theme “Living Our Best Lives: Leading the Way to a Shared Future” focused on the critical need to invest in the advancement of women in the U.S. and Japan. The participation of Belmont’s delegation of women leaders was sponsored by Mitsui & Co. (USA) and Vice President Mike Fedele. The event was part of the Japan Currents national series and was presented in partnership with the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.