IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program Alum Junko Hata, the Managing Director of Accenture Tokyo published an article reflecting on 20 years as a working mother in Japan. She traces her career steps and how she navigated the challenges of being a mom at work, when prototypical Japanese workplace culture didn’t always jibe with her family life.
“Despite its high proportion of female population entering university, Japan is ranked 82nd in the ratio of working women and 116th in the percentage of women occupying managerial positions, according to a World Economic Forum report. And it is placed at the very bottom in the proportion of female directors among 20 advanced countries according to a survey by NPO Catalyst. Such is the background in which I have blazed my trail as a working mother, supported by my family and colleagues. It always makes me proud to know how far I have come.”
Since joining Accenture in 1997, she has moved up the ranks to Manager and Senior Manager until she was promoted to Managing Director in 2010. She has supported projects in a wide variety of industries from manufacturing to finance, and retail to pharmaceutical. Her skill areas include strategy formulation in marketing, corporate business, customer relationship management, new business creation, new product development and more.
“Now it is high time that our country and companies make full use of women’s hidden potential. During the next decades, I want to make every effort to help Japanese society and companies evolve into the more inclusive next stage.”
Hata was a part of 2013 IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program class, receiving its signature, creative, multi-disciplinary training and mentoring aimed at developing leadership and strategic management capabilities.
Read her story on Accenture’s Women: Gender, Diversity and Equality news here.