Founder and Executive Director
Hiroko Tatebe founded Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD) in 2006 to foster professional development opportunities for women in Japan and to cultivate professional exchanges between Asia and the United States. In today’s changing global business environment, Hiroko’s vision to promote cross-continental exchanges through strategic and innovative initiatives is more relevant than ever. Hiroko oversees program development and is responsible for all aspects of operating the organization. She has successfully orchestrated inspirational and motivational events both in Japan and the United States that continue to provide professional global exchanges.
Hiroko is the former Director, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank of California (DKBCAL). During her tenure at DKBCAL, she was the first and only woman on the Board of Directors. She was responsible for complete financial, operations and administrative management, and Hiroko successfully led professional teams with diverse technical and cultural backgrounds. Her extensive banking experience includes management in finance, investment, domestic and international operations, product development and compliance. Hiroko was selected as a mentor for the 2015 Global Ambassador program (GAP) Japan organized by the Vital Voices.
With a proven corporate management record, Hiroko has assumed leadership roles in other professional and civic organizations. Her honors include: “Outstanding Business Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Business and an “Affiliated Businesswomen Member of the Year” by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Hiroko was a recipient of the 2013 Legend of Diversity Award from the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and the 2014 Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College.
Hiroko is a founding member of and advisor to GEWEL (Global/Engagement/Wellbeing/Excellent/Leadership), a sister nonprofit organization of GOLD, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. GEWEL is committed to demonstrating and driving true diversity and inclusion leadership.
Active in many professional and community organizations, Hiroko is a member of the Multicultural Advisory Board of the Women’s Leadership Exchange, and she currently serves on the Board of Governors of Japan America Society of Southern California and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Her participation has included President of Financial Women International, Board Member of the California Bankers Association and Advisory Board member of the NAWBO Los Angeles Chapter. She has also served in officer and board positions for Women in Business, Organization of Women Executives and Women in Transportation.
Hiroko is a native of Tokyo and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Certified Financial Planner™ designation.