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Honoring:

Katherine Collins and Shigeatsu Hatakeyama

 This year, our Gala will honor two individuals whose impact, from Sustainable Investing to Ecological Restoration, continues to inspire green initiatives world wide.

Gala Co-Chairs:

Megan Gates and Bill Whelan

Bill Hunt and Yuko Kageyama Hunt

Special Performance:

Shuichi Kotani

Soba Master - TOWARI New York

Support Levels

Corporate Sponsorship

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the 2022 Annual Gala

Sponsorship Package

For sponsorship opportunities, email: gala@japansocietyboston.org

U.S. - Japan Green Movement Leaders List
$1000 Donation

Individual Seats

JSB Members - $275

General - $350

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About the Honorees

Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins is Head of Sustainable Investing at Putnam Investments and Portfolio Manager for Putnam's Sustainable Leaders and Sustainable Future portfolios. She is also Founder of Honeybee Capital, the precursor to Honeybee Capital Foundation.

 

After many years serving as head of research and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying biomimicry and the natural world as guides for investing in an integrated, regenerative way, beneficial to our communities and our planet.  Katherine is the author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry.

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A recognized thought leader, Katherine was named to Forbes 2021 list of leaders “50 Over 50” who are shaping the future of finance.  Katherine is a graduate of Wellesley College and majored in Japanese Studies, which included time studying at Nanzan University in Nagoya. She serves on nonprofit boards of the Santa Fe Institute, Omega Institute, Harvard Divinity School Dean's Council, and Wellesley Centers for Women, and is a devoted amateur beekeeper.

Shigeatsu Hatakeyama

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Shigeatsu Hatakeyama (畠山重篤) is the Chairman of the Mori wa Umi no Koibito (The Forest is longing for the Sea, the Sea is longing for the Forest). As he took over his family's oyster farming business, he realized that it was essential to protect the forests in the upstream areas and the rivers flowing into the ocean in order to conserve the marine environment. He is known as "Grandpa Oyster" after spending more than 30 years developing the forest environment that keeps the Okawa River in Kesennuma Clean and his oysters healthy.

 

He is professor of Field Studies and Practical Learning at the Field Science Education and Research Center of Kyoto University.

He is a recipient of the Asahi Forestry Culture Award (1994), Prime Minister's Award for Afforestation Promotion (2003), the Kenji Miyazawa Ihatov Award (2004), and was chosen by the United Nations Forum on Forests as one of 2012's Forest Heroes Award winners.

 

About the Gala Co-Chairs

Megan Gates and Bill Whelan

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Megan Gates is Chair of the Corporate Practice Group at the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., based in Boston. She represents publicly traded and late-stage private companies, primarily in the life sciences industry, on capital raising, SEC reporting and corporate governance obligations, and merger and acquisition transactions. She has been a Director of the Japan Society of Boston since 2019, and lived in Tokyo for ten years as a child, graduating from the American School in Japan in 1987.

Bill Whelan is Co-chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group at the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., based in Boston. Bill represents biotechnology, medical technology, healthcare IT, and other types of technology companies in venture capital financings, commercial contracts and alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Boston Ballet and is an avid traveler with a particular passion for Asia (including Japan) and France.

Bill Hunt and Yuko Kageyama Hunt

Bill Hunt is a former financial services executive turned private investor and entrepreneur. He is President and Founder or TRN Capital, LLC in Boston, MA, and has served as Chair of the Japan Society of Boston board for the last ten years.

 

Yuko Kageyama-Hunt has been teaching in Harvard's Japanese Language Program (JLP) since 2001. Specializing in linguistics and pedagogy, she has taught at Cornell University, Middlebury College, University of Hawaii, Beloit College, and Showa Women’s University. She also served as Officer of Japanese Language Training at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. She has published extensively on Japanese Pedagogy.

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Special Performance

Shuichi Kotani - Soba Master

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Shuichi Kotani is the Owner of TOWARI in New York, CEO of Worldwide-soba, Inc., Director at All Japanese Food Association, Founder of NPO New York Japanese Culinary Academy, Inc, and Goodwill ambassador of Japanese cuisine at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.

 

A soba master based in New York, Kotani’s buckwheat noodles have a distinguished taste recognized for their elegance by the world-famous French master Joel Robuchon.

 

After losing his mother to cancer, Kotani began working to improve the diets of people suffering from the illness, focusing on 100% additive-free soba, which has all the nutrients that human beings need to maintain their health with none of the carcinogenic preservatives used to extend the shelf life of the noodles. Kotani began using soba to educate both young and old about health and diet, and he hopes that those who suffer from cancer can be helped by the natural diet of soba buckwheat noodles.

 

He continues to share the charm of Soba to the world while cultivating buckwheat at Blue Hills at Stone Barns Farm in Upstate New York and conducting daily research on its benefits.

 

Annual Dinner 2022 Sponsorship Levels

Chairman's Circle* :  $50,000+

Company Benefits:

  • Green Gala table sponsorship: Platinum 12 premium seats at head tables

  • Invitation for CEO/President to private roundtable discussion with key leaders on select and current U.S.-Japan issue

  • One-time on-site Japanese/American business etiquette workshop

  • Invitation for senior executives to join an exclusive JSB reception together with the Japanese Consul General of Boston

  • Option to customize membership benefits.

 

Recognition:

  • Company name prominently displayed on Japan Society's website and at Annual Gala

  • Company mention on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)

  • Leadership Award presented on the podium at the Annual Gala

 

Employee Benefits:

  • 15 Membership Cards

  • Language School group lesson service (1 lesson per week): Up to 12 People

 

 

President's Circle* : $25,000+

Company Benefits:

  • Green Gala table sponsorship: Gold 10 premium seats

  • Invitation for CEO/President to private roundtable discussion with key leaders on select and current U.S.-Japan issue

  • One time Japanese/American Business Etiquette workshop

  • Invitation for senior executives to join an exclusive JSB reception together with the Japanese Consul General of Boston

 

Recognition:

  • Company name prominently displayed on Japan Society's website and at Annual Gala

  • Company mention on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)

 

Employee Benefits:

  • 10 Membership Cards

  • Language School group lesson service (1 lesson per week): Up to 8 People


Executive Circle : $15,000+

Company Benefits:

  • Green Gala table sponsorship: Silver 10 seats

  • Invitation for CEO/President to private roundtable discussion with key leaders on select and current U.S.-Japan issue

  • One time Japanese/American Business Etiquette workshop

 

Recognition:

  • Company name prominently displayed on Japan Society's website and at Annual Gala

 

Employee Benefits:

  • 8 Membership Cards

  • Language School group lesson service (1 lesson per week): Up to 6 People

 

Corporate Sustaining : $10,000+

Company Benefits:

  • Green Gala table sponsorship: Bronze 8 seats

  • Invitation for CEO/President to private roundtable discussion with key leaders on select and current U.S.-Japan issue

 

Recognition:

  • Company name prominently displayed on Japan Society's website and at Annual Gala

 

Employee Benefits:

  • 6 Membership Cards

  • Language School group lesson service (1 lesson per week): Up to 4 People

*Custom programs and other benefits to be designed by the sponsor are available for President’s and Chairman’s Circle members upon request.

 

U.S. - Japan Green Movement Leaders List

Join the list of U.S. - Japan Green Movement Leaders list for a donation of $1000.  This list will be published in the Gala program book and rolled on the overhead screen throughout the night. Gain recognition for your corporation's green initiative.

 

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