Davos 2013 (No.3)

The second day of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos was coming to an end, with many sessions still going strong with political & business and other leaders crowding the venue.  It is quite amazing to run into the people you hear about, whether they are the heads of state, business leaders, artists, etc.

The  day began with breakfast session with Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Chairman Emeritus of Japan Air Lines, who shared his philosophy with a small group.  It was the first time I heard him in informal setting with free Q & A.  What impressed me every time I hear him or read about him is that he is very clear about his principles and philosophy in life, and states his view strongly  and at the same time rather humbly.  Being so clear and so powerful in his belief and being so humble in reflecting his own behavior with such strong discipline is quite an impressive and inspiring combination.

I am very much looking forward to the special session  on the third  day where I have the honor to moderate his special session.

The day ended with the interview on Gender Parity Task force.  I was asked for the possibility of interview when I arrived and accepted.  Gender is very much a topic of this year’s Davos and I felt fortunate to be asked for the interview.   I reviewed our report of the Task force Kick off session held in Tokyo in November as preparation for the interview.   It is always a challenge to be interviewed on camera in English, my second language, but at the  same time, the  experience gives me opportunity to prepare, practice  and reflect.  The interview ended in half an hour and I enjoyed it.

The second day ended with the visit at Japan Night which was packed.   One more day to go in Davos (for me!)

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