• 17 May 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, 52 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215


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Business Communication Styles for Women Engaged with the Japanese Community

Presented by the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM
Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, 52 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Today’s workforce is more global and diverse and the environment has become more complex, volatile, and uncertain.  Business and community leaders must develop efficacy in managing across ethnicities, removing gender and other biases and engaging intergenerational teams.  At the heart of success is the art of effective communication and at the core is knowing how to build trusting relationships.   The ability to recognize the different communication styles and how different styles are perceived and impact the quality of the conversation is key to building strong relationships at work and in the community.  


Join JASCO and WELD for their joint program on Business Communication Styles presented by Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. This program will be presented in English and Japanese with live consecutive translation. The target audience for this event is women engaged in Japanese-related business and community affairs in Central Ohio. Those attending this program will have a great opportunity to expand their business and community connections in a setting conducive to relationship building.  



JASCOとWELD、および Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease共催による「ビジネスコミュニュケーションスタイル」は、日本語・英語の言語で開催されます(通訳サービスつき)主な対象は、セントラルオハイオ地域で、日本に関するビジネスやコミュニュティ活動に従事されている女性達です。本セミナーにご参加頂き、ビジネスやコミュニュティの人脈構築につなげる事ができます。

Participants at this program will learn how to:

  • Define characteristics of effective communication and what that makes possible
  • Understand the neuroscience of what’s happening in a conversation and how to build trust or create distrust
  • Distinguish the characteristics and needs of different communication styles and how to engage effectively with each style
  • Appreciate how cultural biases influence our reactions and practical tips to make the “invisible” visible.
  • 効果的なコミュニュケーション、およびそのための必要事項を学ぶ
  • 会話において何がおきるか、信頼や不信を呼び起こすのは何かを神経科学から分析する
  • 異なるコミュニュケーションスタイルの特徴およびニーズを差異化し、それぞれのスタイルにおける効果的な方法を探る
  • 文化的な偏見に基づく印象の変化や見えないものを見えるようにする実用的なヒントを学ぶ

5:30pm-6:00pm: Networking
6:00pm-7:30pm: Program

Registration Fees

JASCO/WELD Members:  $20
Non-Members: $30

There are a limited number of seats available.  Register early! Registration closes on May 11th.

No refunds or credits issued after April 27th.

JASCO/WELD メンバーの方:  



About the Presenters

Susan Alexander, PCC
Rosebud Coaching and Consulting

Susan Alexander, PCC, is an executive and life coach with an extensive business background. Grounded in the principles of transformational leadership and financial management, Susan specializes in helping individuals to create new possibilities for their personal and professional life to fulfill on their most important goals and aspirations. Susan created Rosebud Coaching & Consulting, LLC out of her commitment to help individuals be leaders in their organizations who make a difference. She coaches executives, managers and individuals with a special emphasis on the power of self-perception and communications and their influence on job performance. 
Prior to her coaching practice, Susan was a commercial lender, community development officer and investment product manager for a prominent financial service provider. This extensive business background combined with her exposure and proficiency in transformational learning creates a unique understanding and sensitivity to the issues and concerns of managers and leaders. 
Susan is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of Otterbein University. She is the sole leader of a four-course leadership series made available to adult continuing studies students. This series focuses on developing transformational leadership skills and expanding student’s capabilities. Programs focus on creating awareness of one’s capabilities and barriers, emotional intelligence, communication skills, team building, effective conflict resolution and designing and implementing a “Breakthrough Project”. 
Susan is known for her creative and “out-of-the-box” thinking, positive and enthusiastic outlook, and inherent ability to effectively work with all levels of managers to improve collaboration, as well as create and implement comprehensive and effective solutions. 

David W. Cook
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Dave is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate group. His practice focuses on the representation of businesses and individuals in all areas of immigration and naturalization law. Dave is fluent in Japanese. Dave serves as Honorary Consul of Japan for the State of Ohio.

Dave is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He served as a member of AILA’s 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee (Business) and as a member of AILA's Distance Learning and Business Committees. Dave has also served as Chair of AILA's USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee (2013-2014) and as a member of AILA's USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee. Dave served previously as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee (2009 – 2012) and as a member of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee (2008-09). Dave is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association.

Dave frequently presents seminars dealing with employment-related visa and immigration matters and employment-related immigration compliance
Dave received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Dave served as senior assistant counsel at Honda of America Mfg. Inc. from 1990 to 1995.

Dave is past president of the Rotary Club of Hilliard.

Noriko Mills
Manager, Organizational Development
Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
SHRM Senior Certified Professional

Noriko Mills currently manages and oversees the organizational development functions at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. In this capacity, Ms. Mills is responsible for HRA’s organizational effectiveness and associate and leader development. She also leads the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Additionally, Ms. Mills serves Honda’s global and North American regional effort in associate development and leadership, working on several regional and global initiatives. Born and raised in Osaka Japan, Ms. Mills earned her associate degree in English language at Osaka Jogakuin Junior College. She was awarded a full scholarship opportunity through the Exchange Japan program (aka, ALLEX(Alliance for language Learning and Educational Exchange) where she was then assigned to Trine University in Angola, Indiana to manage its Japanese language program for two years while she earned her BS in Business Management. Since 2008, Ms. Mills has also been serving as a board member of Japan America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO.) She has continually worked on multiple educational programs on JASCO’s behalf to bring Japanese and American communities together. 

Nori Shoji-Schaffner, PhD, LPC
Directions Counseling Group

Nori received her Masters degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Her past experience in mental health involved working at Alpha Psychiatric Services, where she provided counseling services to psychiatric patients who were diagnosed with personality disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other major mental health issues.

Nori offers expertise in bicultural issues specifically related to the Asian community.  Her fluency in the Japanese language has allowed her to counsel many clients who have faced significant challenges due to cultural transitions.  She strives to be a safe place for people who are the minority.

In addition to counseling, Nori seeks to provide support to companies who face multicultural issues, ethical dilemmas in a diverse work environment, or leadership transitions.  She has lectured nationally and internationally as well as developed and taught several courses on multi-cultural perspectives in counseling, cross-cultural theories, and concepts of leadership.  Nori is available for consultations and speaking engagements to help companies who are seeking grow and further succeed.

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