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Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Senior Operating Officer, Ms. Akiko Ryu Innes-Taylor was one of the panelists invited to speak at a symposium to further the idea of nurturing women leadership and diversity in the science and energy fields. The event provided an opportunity for American and Japanese women in leadership positions to compare and contrast diversity and promotion policies and share experiences on leading change to build skilled, diverse workforces.
U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, who is the first female U.S. Ambassador to Japan said in her opening speech that such conversations are important to encourage children, especially girls, from a young age to explore sciences,
“Many hard problems facing our world today need creative ideas from policy makers, engineers, and scientists: clean energy to power our homes and our economy, new medicines to fight disease and ease suffering, and better farming methods to end world hunger. If we want to reach our goals in these areas, we need the best energies and skills of women and men, working together.”
Having the largest gender gap in the world*, in Japan forty percent of Japanese women do not work, a much higher number than other developed countries.
In response to a question from the audience on how to navigate a society that is dominated by men, Ms. Innes-Taylor shared that women must win both men and women allies to fight for their causes. “Finding something you are passionate and curious about is important. And just as important is to find a partner who supports your career. To succeed, you need help, one cannot do it on her own.”
Otsuka Pharmaceutical opened two day care centers for its employees, as shortage of day care spots and long waiting lists have discouraged many women in rejoining the workforce after giving birth.
Because workplace environments that encourage diversity and create leadership opportunities for male and female employees are important for Japan’s continuing economic recovery, many attendees found the symposium to be helpful to connect people who want to see change in Japan.
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As part of Pharmavite’s overall strategy to educate future pharmacy graduates and their educators on the importance of dietary supplements, Pharmavite invited students and faculty from Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy to attend a seminar on dietary supplements at the company’s Opelika, Alabama facility in September.
The Harrison School of Pharmacy is the largest Pharmacy School in the State of Alabama. The educational visit included an in-depth look at Pharmavite’s history as a leading manufacturer of high quality vitamins, minerals and supplements, plus an extensive tour of the company’s state of the art Opelika facility.
At the seminar, the university guests learned about Pharmavite’s stringent manufacturing process, including ways the company exceeds industry standards. The guests also left with a better understanding of the United States regulatory framework for supplement manufacturing and marketing.
The seminar was a tremendous success. In a post-visit survey, the students reported: “An increased understanding of how quality vitamins are manufactured,” as well as “Understanding of the additional steps that Pharmavite takes to manufacture high quality vitamins.”
Participants also thanked Pharmavite for the educational opportunity indicating they were very impressed with the facility and knowledgeable staff and would recommend future events to other students. Based on the seminar’s success, Pharmavite looks forward to hosting more students on tours in the future.