Panelists at Tokyo Summit Discuss Role of Women in STEM Fields


Sayaka Ito, an account manager with Dow Water & Process Solutions, took part in a Women in STEM panel discussion at the Women in Business Summit May 27 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Women in Business Summit, the biggest event in the history of both the U.S. Japan Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, attracted more than 1,000 people to Tokyo for high-level discussions that included a panel discussion, titled Women in STEM.

Sayaka Ito, account manager, Dow Water & Process Solutions, was one of the Women in STEM panelists. She was joined by two other panelists, including female astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, in sharing her thoughts on what science can do to improve people's lives. To make clearer connections between education and real life, providing children with better opportunities to learn how the power of science can influence the things people see and touch is essential, she said.

Peter Jennings, Dow Japan president and chairperson of the Dow Women's Innovation Network for Asia Pacific, also attended the May 27 summit.

“The study shared today showed that by boosting the female employment rate to the same level as of men, Japan’s GDP can potentially increase by as much as 13 percent,” Jennings said. “We are thrilled to be on the leading edge and a catalyst for change in this important initiative.”