October 2013 Corporate Roundtable

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October 2013 Corporate Roundtable

The Japan America Society of Minnesota would like to invite you to the Corporate Roundtable on Thursday, October 24th, 2013. Join us and enhance your understanding of businesses with Japanese companies.

We will have as its speaker Ms. Sarah Walbert who will speak about the theme “why is America ignoring the “third” largest economy in the world?” The heightened interest of Japanese companies in making investments in Minnesota companies is a new trend in Minnesota and one that is welcomed by many who see this development as a new bridge building opportunity in the Upper Midwest.


Sarah Walbert Bio

In June 2008 Sarah joined DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) in the Office of Business Development as an Industry Specialist. Her responsibilities include working with Minnesota’s bioscience and medical device companies to support their growth. She is also involved with industry professionals and trade groups, Minnesota’s universities, local development organizations, government agencies both US and abroad, and out-of-state and overseas companies that are considering expanding in Minnesota.

Sarah has extensive experience in business development and international negotiations. She established and ran a consulting practice for 20 years, Regent International Corp., which was focused on the U.S. and Asian markets especially in the biomed/tech fields.

Prior to Regent International, Sarah held various management positions with American Express in New York and Tokyo, where she launched a number of new programs and services.

Sarah currently serves on the board of the newly merged Courage Kenny Foundation (Allina Health) and on the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Lending Committee. Previously she served for nearly ten years on the executive board of the Japan America Society of Minnesota. The first corporate member was her firm Regent International and she was active in recruiting other corporate members.

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in history from Bethel University in Arden Hills and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City. She later earned a Biotech Lab Certificate. She speaks and reads Japanese fluently.


Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Program

*Light breakfast refreshments will be provided

Location: Gray Plant Mooty Mooty & Bennett, P.A.

500 IDS Center
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 632-3200

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Cost: $15 JASM members, $20 non-members and guests, $7 students

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Riverplace EH-131
43 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


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