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NYC Wipp Member C. Broussard and Coalition Parter L. Grossman to Lead Business Delegation to Japan

Tuesday, October 18, 2011  
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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Ashley Rocha

Tel: 212-209-1569



New York – Oct. 12, 2011 - Women from around the world will gather in Tokyo, Japan on October 28 for the GOLD conference (Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity). Two New York-based women entrepreneurs will lead a U.S. delegation of business leaders when they travel to Tokyo this month to carry the message of recovery through connection and collaboration as Japan heals from its 3-11 catastrophe, much like America's 9-11.

Leslie Grossman, founder of Women's Leadership Exchange, and NYU Professor Cary Broussard, and author, From Cinderella to CEO, both speakers at the conference, have been invited to emphasize the benefits of collaboration in global business and to highlight the unique parallels between New York and Japan for a better world.

"Six months ago, more than 300,000 people in Japan were directly affected by two back to back devastating events on March 11,” said Ms. Hiroko Tatebe, founder of the GOLD Conference, who is from Japan and lives in Los Angeles. "The parallels between Japan's "3-11” with the earthquake and the tsunami this year, require strength and optimism. Both Japan and Manhattan are islands that contribute to an interconnected world economy. I am asking Leslie and Cary, who both experienced "9-11” while in New York, to bring a message of healing through business collaboration,” added Ms. Tatebe.

GOLD's program takes the lead in demonstrating the economic necessities and benefits of advancing global workforce diversity to advance opportunities for women in the United States and Japan. Influential leaders representing small to medium sized businesses from both countries will attend the GOLD conference as well as large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Shiseido Co., Ltd, and IBM.

Background on Leslie Grossman and Cary Broussard:

Leslie Grossman will speak at the GOLD conference on how business leaders can make meaningful connections by building "social capital,” a theme she has been speaking on recently at universities like NYU and Cornell as well as to corporations like MetLife. Following September 11, 2001, Grossman was inspired to start Women's Leadership Exchange to help women around the country rebuild their businesses. Today, WLE has grown to 65,000 members, who thrive by helping each other.

Leslie Grossman can be reached at lesliegrossmanconnect@gmail. Learn more about her at, and

Cary Broussard, who was on a business trip in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, says she looks forward to sharing how her experiences during that time bonded her to the New York area and she wants to know how her new colleagues in Japan are coping. As a global business consultant to corporations, business "start ups” and non profit organizations, she will open the GOLD conference with a speech on "Courageous Conferencing” setting the stage for a dynamic exchange of ideas and self-actualization. Cary Broussard teaches marketing of conferences and special events at the NYU Preston Robert Tisch School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. Cary Broussard can be reached at Learn more about her at


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