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p1000507.JPGp1000514.JPG  Yesterday, February 15, was quite a day. I started a day with breakfast with my friend from Silicon Valley. We had tried to meet last summer while she was in Japan for a while, but could not, due to our crazy schedule. So we had decided to try to meet even at the last minute.  Indeed, it was the last minute arrangement!  I received her note via e-mail at 10:00 p.m. the night before and we managed to meet within 10 hours! The talk over breakfast was so much fun and so inspiring that I felt I started the day right!  

  We had admission interviews at ICS all day, which was another exciting event. Our team interviewed several candidates in person and others by phone. It is always fun to talk with young people who are interested in MBA program and/or changing the careere.   The day did not end with the admission meeting, however.


   I kicked off the Darden/ICS series with the discussion at little after 7:00 p.m. Darden is the graduate business school of University of Virginia where I received my MBA many years ago. (I am a class of 1980!) We had close to 30 people—Darden alumni, current Darden students who are at ICS, current ICS students and former ICS students who spent a semester at Darden, and some prospective students.  (Group photo at the end of the session and that of the discussion in action!)

  As I am a Darden graduate and now teach at ICS which has an exchange program with Darden, I felt honored to be asked to kick off this series. Both Darden and ICS are very close to my heart.

   I picked a collection of brief summaries of the sessions at World Economic Forum in January for the reasing assignment. I also included my own note called “Act Globally, Think Locally”, one of the Harvard Business Review Breakthrough Ideas for 2007.

   Following the tradition at Darden and ICS, we called the night “Cold Call Night.”   Rather than following the discussion questions I had sent out, I decided to ask those present to represent any one of the organizations—Google, Gates Foundation, Infosys, China Mobile, Toyota, to name a few. We talked about the broadened role of private sector companies in the area of social responsibility such as global health, poverty, energy and environment and convergence of public and private sectors. We also discussed the issue of global/local tension and/or synergy. At the end, I tried to bring the issues back to each one’s career so that the topic of the discussion does not stay as abstract.   It was fun to facilitate the discussion in English. I felt these are all very relevant and current topics for all of us.   

  The discussion was followed by Informatl Get-together at nearby Chinese restaurant, which was finished little before 11:00 p.m.!  So it turned out to be a 15-hour day! 

  I was quite tired from many activities throughout the day, but felt very stimulated intellectually and excited.  I met with old friends, met with new people and felt I am so happy, interacting with the young (at heart for some, probably). 

  I hope we will continue Darden/ICS series so that people can get exposed to outside world (of their own companies) and can have interesting discussion where all of us can share some ideas.  (The photos will be ready as soon as I can figure out how to make it smaller!)  

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    • Marti Kwon (Col ’86)
    • March 15th, 2010

    I apologize for the invite through this forum, but it seemed like the only way I might reach a UVa alum in Tokyo.
    On behalf of Seisen International School, I am writing to invite you to take part in a College Night at our school in Yoga, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 beginning at 7:00.   Our goal is to broaden our students’ awareness of the many higher education resources available here in Tokyo and points further afield as they begin their college search.  The target group for the gathering is our junior class, but it is likely students in grades 9 and 10, along with parents and staff will also attend.

    If someone from your organization would be interested in representing the University of Virginia at our College Night, please email with your intent to attend, and I will follow-up with more details as the event draws closer.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.


    Marti Kwon
    College Advisor

    • yishikura
    • March 17th, 2010

    Hi Marti, this is Yoko Ishikura. I have forwarded your comment to few people I know that are involved. I hope it will work.

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