Today’s Featured Global Woman: Ms. Manami Nakayama
Manami Nakayama currently serves as the Executive Director for the San Diego Japanese Community Center where she is responsible for overseeing the administration of all the programs and services and the creation and management of projects which promote community engagement and collaborative efforts between other Japanese organizations.
She was born in Japan and came to the US when she was 10 months old and grew up in San Jose as a first generation Japanese-American. Fluent in Japanese and English, Manami has more than 15 years of community service experience in the Japanese communities of both San Jose and San Diego. Professionally, she is currently utilizing her expertise in administration, translation, and marketing. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis of human development from the University of California, San Diego.
She currently serves on the San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society Board of Directors as the Community Engagement Director, and serving as a committee member for the Community Engagement Committee of the Mingei Museum, Madoka Entertainment, and San Diego Nikkei Network. She also volunteers in various local community events where she is a planning committee member of the Asian Cultural Festival, San Diego Night Market, and the San Diego Ramen Festival.
Today’s Take away:
- What does having a global perspective mean to Manami?
Understanding the different cultural value is really important to build a great relationship and be able to think from different perspective. You can understand different people.
- Biggest difference between Japanese and American culture.
Being reserved is a great value and it is ok to think others before thinking of yourself; however, you cannot do this all the time. If you keep doing this, you will miss out opportunities.
Reserve vs. Assertive.
It is important to speak up and if you slightly feel something , just go and ask!
- One important quality to have to be a global leader?
Patience. Having the good listening skill will allow you to observe and step back and take it in rather than reacting to different ideas.
- One important global communication skill to have?
You don’t have to know all kinds of different languages. Having the open ears. All what we need is willingness to communicate.
Advice from Manami：
- Never stop losing yourself and never stop learning! Take every opportunities to meet people! Once you stop, you will lose the opportunity.
Let’s connect !!
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