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Lessons from 3-11 with Dr. Jackie Steele

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

Today I'm talking to Dr. Jackie Steele. Jackie, a Canadian, Political Scientist and Diversity Advocate, was in Sendai on March 11, 2011, and this experience influenced the course of her life.

We talk about:

  • How Jackie came to be in Japan, after years of Japanese study

  • Why Jackie was in Sendai on March 11th, 2011 when the earthquake and tsunami struck

  • Her experience on that day and how they escaped the disaster zone

  • How she found a way to contribute using her unique skills and knowledge

  • The challenge with the Japanese legal family definition and system

  • Disaster risk as a diversity issue

  • How the disaster has encouraged women to take on grassroots leadership roles

Dr. Jackie F. Steele is a trilingual political science professor, published author, and longtime Japan resident. An expert in diversity, women's empowerment, diverse talent mobilization and inclusive decision-making, Jackie is experienced in guiding leaders in the co-creation of organizational mission, policies and practices that place diversity and innovation at the heart of high performing, inclusive culture. Dr. Steele’s approach to D&I is evidence-based, and uses scientifically credible metrics in support of holistic systems design and mindset change via education. Jackie has taught at leading universities in Canada (UOttawa) and Japan (UTokyo). She teaches in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University. In her volunteer life, Jackie leads the Global Diversity Management Committee as a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, serves as Vice President of FEW Japan, and is the Strategic Advisor of WomEnpowered International (UTokyo).

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