top of page

Remembering March 11, 2011 and how failing forward helped Angela Ortiz help others

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

Do I have a great episode for you this week or what! I have to say, this is one of the most moving and fascinating interviews I've done on the TWJ podcast.

On March 11, 2011, Angela Ortiz experienced an earthquake in Tokyo that would become known as the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. What she did next is a story of guts, determination and a coming together of people with the right skills at the right time.

I hope you will listen to this episode and hear what Angela and her team achieved during those difficult times and how they have relentlessly supported Tohoku during the 10 years since.

We talk about:

Angela’s experience on the day of March 11, 2011

How she and her family helped bring supplies to the disaster zone

Starting an NGO and growing with it

What is needed long term to support the disaster zone

Angela’s Book: 8 Principles that will make you an effective leader in social impact

How we help others effectively when disaster strikes

Angela Marie Ortiz is a Colombian American multinational, long-term resident of Japan, with over 30+ years living in rural Japan and Tokyo.

She is a social impact entrepreneur, CSR professional, author and fitness enthusiast.

Her career began as an early childhood educator in Tokyo in 2005. She transitioned into social impact after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters of northeast Japan where

she established her own company, Place To Grow - a community building nonprofit using fitness and language exchange to Inspire and connect children in the rural province of Tohoku.

In 2016 she moved into the corporate sector, supporting companies like H&M and Adidas Japan to launch and grow social and environmental sustainability programs. She supports with project management, impact marketing, cross sector stakeholder engagement and partnership development. She also has a wealth of experience in public speaking.





bottom of page