Setsu Suzuki, the Project Director for WEConnect International in Japan, brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial and consulting experience. In this role, she is developing training opportunities for women business owners and is also actively connecting national and multinational corporations to local women suppliers through dialogue and networking events.
Previously, Setsu managed and operated her own business for 14 years. Her business focused on providing training and consulting for the globalization of small to medium-sized companies. Additionally, Setsu’s 13 years' Toastmaster leadership experience as an Area and District Director led to the establishment of two new clubs. Since joining the National Conference of the Association of Small Business Entrepreneurs in 2013, Setsu has devoted herself to working for the endless potential of women-owned businesses around the world. In 2015, Setsu co-founded an organization that regularly brings women together for networking and to discuss concerns regarding work environments, social norms, and work-life balance.
Before starting her own business, Setsu worked for a trading company located in Nagoya. As a part of their sales force, she worked to discover and introduce new products to the Japanese Market. She was successful in securing new deals with different suppliers in Sweden, Denmark, and South Korea, highlighting her networking and language skills. Setsu’s leadership helped her department become a successful and independent subsidiary company rapidly.
Setsu has traveled to more than 40 countries for both business and pleasure. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nanzan University and she also studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea as an exchange student. She speaks Japanese, English, Korean, and basic Chinese and Spanish.Back to the Global Team