Based in Tokyo, Japan, Janelle Sasaki leads the strategy and initiatives of EY’s Global Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) for women athletes and entrepreneurs in growth markets. Janelle is passionate about addressing the needs of business to find diverse talent, and advising women athletes on realizing their leadership potential in the business world. Janelle’s background includes providing innovative branding and human resources solutions to multinational organizations for more than 18 years. From 2014 to 2017, Janelle served as a consultant at EY Japan’s People Advisory Services with expertise in diversity and inclusion (D&I), global talent management, and work style innovation. She frequently speaks at international conferences on D&I, global leadership and career management.
Prior to her role at EY Japan, Janelle served as the Inclusion & Diversity Leader for Cisco Systems in the Japan and Asia-Pacific region, where she launched the company-wide D&I business strategy and addressed workplace challenges. Before her transfer to Japan, she worked in Silicon Valley for more than eight years. A former competitive gymnast, Janelle leverages her more than 10 years of experience as an athlete to address the challenges facing women and the 21st century workplace. Janelle was born in the United States and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and has been living in Japan for 8 years.