Today’s Featured Global Woman: Ms. Sumie Yamakawa
Sumie was born and raised in a small town in Aichi, Japan. Sumie came to Canada when she was 17 years old as an exchange student and she fell in love with this country! After she graduated from a college, she has started working in a wine industry. She worked at a small winery at her first career and after 2 years of working with this winery, she got an opportunity to work with a mid-sized family owned winery where her real career experience begun. She was in charge of all the Asian tourist groups(i.e. Getting contract to bring groups to the winery, creating unique program, booking groups etc) After few years, she realized that there is a limitation to her career if she worked for a family owned business and the only skill she had was that she speaks Japanese. That’s when she decided to take sommelier program. During the sommelier course, she met her future colleague who helped her to move on to the biggest and most internationally known winery in Canada. She was still taking sommelier course when this great opportunity came and she decided to take it. After she working for 6 years with various positions, she finally got promoted to an Estate Manager at the winery.
Today’s Take away:
- Great Japanese Cultural Value to keep:
Reading between line and being aware of others
- Things Japanese women need to drop & adjust to be successful:
Voice your opinion and speak up! It is not easy to do so make sure to practice it!
- Things to know to be a successful Global Women:
Have an open mind and know that it is ok to have your own opinion and being different.
Advice from Sumie：
Have your challenge spirit. Even if you fail, it can be a great learning experience. It is up to you to make the decision!
Take this action to be the Next Global Woman:
Don’t hesitate to take that one step and move forward! Set a goal and take a baby step.
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