Investing in Georgia's Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue


Co-sponsored by Sasakawa USA, the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of State, and the Georgia Institute of Technology Center for International Business Education and Research


Supporting organizations are the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), and the Japan-America Society of Georgia


Thursday, September 6, 2018 

12:00-2:00 PM

Historic Academy of Medicine

875 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309


Georgia is home to a young, growing population of over 10 million people entering an increasingly technologically advanced twenty-first century workplace. With over 432 facilities in Georgia, Japan is a leading international investor employing over 26,000 workers. 


On September 6, Sasakawa USA, the U.S. Department of State, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology will co-host a luncheon panel discussion to explore how Japanese and U.S. firms, state and local authorities, and educational institutions can work together to train and develop Georgia's workforce. Panelists will address Georgia's future workforce needs, approaches to workforce development, and opportunities for stakeholder collaboration.

Local supporting organizations include the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Technical College System of Georgia. 


Confirmed Speakers:


Julie Chung, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

James Hoadley, Associate Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER), Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Ray Perren, President, Lanier Technical College

Michael Phillips, Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, InComm

The Honorable Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta

Phil Sutton, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation

Ambassador James P. Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA



This event is being offered as part of Sasakawa USA's The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) programIt also supports the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue's effort to increase bilateral collaboration on developing employees who perform successfully as technological advancements change the 21st century workplace, creating jobs and promoting economic growth in both countries. 


The on-the-record discussion is open to the public. Members of the local government, businesses, educational institutions, and the media are invited to attend. Lunch will be served.





12:00 – 12:30  Registration/Lunch
12:30 - 12:45   Welcome remarks
12:45 - 1:15     Panel Presentations
1:15 – 2:00      Q&A and Discussion



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