Conference Agenda


3:00 PM Check into hotel and visit the welcome table (3pm to 5:45pm)
5:45 PM Meet in Hotel lobby to walk to the reception
6:00 PM JETAA National Conference Welcome Reception host by the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation
8:00 PM Nijikai – Explore Detroit: Exodus and Level Two


8:00 AM Breakfast served outside 8am to 9am (Outside Conference Room: Salon AB)
9:00 AM Welcome remarks from Faye Valtadoros – President, Great Lakes JETAA
9:05 AM Welcome remarks from Consul General Wada – Japan Consulate in Detroit
9:10 AM Welcome remarks from Mr. Fukukawa – Executive Consultant, CLAIR
9:15 AM Welcome remarks from Mr. Tatsuta Shocho – Executive Director CLAIR
9:20 AM Welcome remarks from Monica Yuki – JETAAUSA Country Representative
9:30 AM Chapter Welcome & Omiyage sharing
10:00 AM Satogaeri Project: Return to your Japan Hometown – Mathew Gillam (CLAIR New York)
10:20 AM Satogaeri Project Participants: Presentation of Projects and JETAA Support – Xander Peterson (JETAAUSA), Mark Frey (JETAANC), Alex Svetlovsky (JETAA Canada)
10:50 AM BREAK
11:00 AM Welcome remarks from Minister Otaka – Embassy of Japan
11:05 AM USJETAA Progress Update – Paige Cottingham-Streater (U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation, JETAADC), Laurel Lukaszewski (U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation, JETAADC)
11:50 PM USJETAA Next Steps – Xander Peterson (JETAAUSA)
1:00 PM Buffet lunch provided by CLAIR – Quiz Time!
1:45 PM Chapter Presentations (South East, PNW, Florida)
2:00 PM Preparing New JETs in the digital age and connecting them to AJET – Michael Richey (JETAA Portland)
2:30 PM Engaging the Senpai: Events, communication, outreach – Mark Frey (JETAANC)
3:00 PM Everything you ever wanted to know about GiA (and other CLAIR stuff) but were afraid to ask – Matt Gillam (CLAIR New York)
3:30 PM Break
3:35 PM Breakout Sessions: Choose one topic
Room Salon AB Treasurer Tips: GIA Forms, MoFa money, utilizing tech and making the most of your budget – Adam Ledyard (PNWJETAA)
Room Grill:  Strengthening Your Executive Board: Common Chapter Struggles and Advice for New Officers – Tom Gregorich (Florida JETAA)
4:20 PM Regroup and close the first day of the conference
5:00 PM Reception at Consulate General Wada’s Residence – Transportation via charter bus
8:00 PM Evening Social: Flavors of Detroit


8:00 AM Breakfast served outside 8am to 9am (Outside Conference Room: Salon AB)
9:00 AM Country Representative Overview from Friday Conference
9:15 AM Tohoku Tomo: Update – Wesley Julian (JETAA Chicago)
9:45 AM Sasakawa Peace Foundation – Sora Choi (Program Assistant), Kazuyo Kato (Senior Program Officer)
10:45 AM Chapter Presentation (Toronto, New York, Hawaii)
11:00 AM Guest Panel Discussion:
Mizuki Eguchi – Public Relations Officer, Japanese Consulate of Detroit
Kate Simon – Director, Japan Center for Michigan University
Anne Hooghart – Project Manager, Suzuki, Myers & Associates (GLJETAA, Shiga 1990-1991)
Kasia Lynch – Manager of Executive Administration, Hirotec
Akiko Kashiwagi – Assistant Professor of Japanese, Oakland University
11:45 AM Break
11:50 AM Breakout Sessions: Choose one topic
Room Salon AB: Manage Knowledge: Save Time & Stress: Running an internal Board Site on Google – Adam Lisbon (JETAA Rocky Mountain)
Room Salon CD: Digital Solutions for Engaging Your Chapter – Joy (Young) Champaloux  & Ryan Bedford (JETAADC)
12:20 PM JETAA Canada Update – Alex Svetlovsky (JETAA Ottawa), Danielle Taschereau Mamers (JETAA Toronto)
1:00 PM Lunch provided by CLAIR – Big Mug Exchange!
2:00 PM Chapter Presentation (Music City, Portland, New England)
2:15 PM Professional Opportunities in Japan with the Mansfield Foundation – Joshua Archer, Associate Director of Programs, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
3:15 PM Promoting Professional Life After JET – Kelley Rich (SoCal)
3:45 PM Chapter Presentation (Chicago, Washington DC, Northern CA
4:00 PM Break
4:05 PM Breakout Sessions: Choose one topic
Room Salon AB:  Transitioning from JET to JETAA: How Chapters Can Connect with Current JETs – Pam Kavalam (JETAANY)
Room Salon CD:  Chapters interested in hosting Regional Conference 2016 or National Conference 2016
4:35 PM Goodwill Goldmine Book – Monica Yuki on behalf of Emily Meztgar
4:50 PM Instructions for Evening Events
6:00 PM CLAIR dinner at COLORS Detroit (311 East Grand River Ave.)
8:30 PM Evening Social Event – Not to be missed!


8:00 AM Breakfast served outside 8am to 9am (Outside Conference Room: Salon AB)
9:00 AM Country Rep Recap from Evening Event
9:30 AM JET Program 30th Anniversary – Mr. Fukukawa ( CLAIR)
9:45 AM Chapter Presentations (Rocky Mountain, Southern CA, Great Lakes, Alaska, Minnesota, Texoma, Heartland, NoLa)
10:45 AM Cross Chapter Collaboration (Country Rep)
11:00 AM Regional Breakout for cross Chapter Collaboration
11:50 AM Closing Remarks
12:00 PM Conference Ends