Janelle Sasaki

Janelle Sasaki
"Must the Nail That Sticks Out Be Hammered In? Diversity and Inclusion in the New Japan"


• Executive Director of People Advisory Services and Branding, Marketing & Communications, Ernst & Young Advisory & Consulting Co., Ltd. Japan


Janelle Sasaki serves as the Executive Director of People Advisory Services and Branding, Marketing & Communications, at Ernst & Young Advisory & Consulting Co., Ltd. (EYAC), which uses a sector-focused approach and global deliver capabilities to help clients transform their business processes
and sustain the improvements.

Based in Tokyo, Japan, she advises on work style innovation and global human resources practices in the workplace for Japan and the Asian Pacific Region. Most recently, she also assumed a blended role that includes EY Japan branding, marketing and communications for gender diversity. As a well-known D&I expert, Janelle guides top Japanese and multi-national clients on designing and executing workforce, work style and marketplace solutions to create an inclusive culture. She also is a frequent international speaker on Diversity & Inclusion.

In addition to her time at EYA, she served as the Inclusion & Diversity Leader for Cisco Systems Japan G.K. and the Asia Pacific Region, where she launched the company-wide Inclusion & Diversity business strategy and solved workplace challenges. In 2013, Cisco Japan won the Bridge Builder Award from the Global Organization for Leadership & Diversity (GOLD). Before her transfer to Japan, she worked in Silicon Valley for over eight years.

Most recently, Janelle was selected as a mentor for the 2015 Global Ambassador Program (GAP) Japan sponsored by Bank of America. She is a member of the C-Suite network called Women in Leadership Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce Japan. Janelle also serves in leadership roles for the US Japan Council and is the Co-Founder of the Japan D&I Business Round Table Network.
Janelle graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and holds her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. She volunteers as a career coach for the next generation of leaders. Her passion for health and fitness was shaped by her training as a former competitive gymnast.

Contact information

Office: +81 3 3503 1490
Mobile: +81 80 9086 5836
Email: Janelle.Sasaki@jp.ey.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Janelle/Sasaki