JMECAA Professional Development Salon 1

How to Lead from Your Strengths

**This is an event organised by the JMEC Alumni Association for JMEC Alumni. If you have a guest who would like to attend, please leave a note in the comment box and we will get back to you.**

How to... Lead From Your Strengths

The best leaders are those who are authentic in their interactions. This salon, the first in the new series of Professional Development events for JMEC Alumni, is designed to help you discover your own authentic leadership style by building on your strengths and focusing on what makes you great. Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience, join JMECAA Co-Chairs Chris and Mireille for an engaging and enjoyable evening exploring a topic which is important for all of our careers.


  • Understand what we mean by Authentic Leadership and why it is the key to leadership success
  • Discover your personal strengths and find value in the qualities that make you unique through a series of interactive exercises.
  • Explore what happens to your leadership style when you are under pressure
  • Learn how to effectively build rapport as the first step to authentic leadership
  • Create an action plan for your own self-development

Key Takeaways

All participants will receive a complimentary Lumina Spark Portrait (personality profile). Instructions for completing the online questionnaire will be sent after registering.


Christopher Cataldi, Chief Consultant, Nuture Networks, JMEC 15

In his current role at Nuture Networks, a Tokyo-based management consultancy, Chris primarily supports globally-active Japanese blue-chip companies. Through engagements ranging from pre-M&A due diligence to new technology road mapping, Chris aims to help bridge the gaps between technology, strategy, and business execution. Chris also has extensive experience in leadership development in the public and private sectors.

His time on JMEC 15 was a career-shaping experience, and he looks forward to co-working with the greater alumni community. A native of New York, reluctant globe-trotter and avid amateur cook, Chris is also proud to be a founding member and current Co-Chair of the JET Alumni Association of Tokyo.

Mireille Watanabe Handover, Partner, Lumina Learning, JMEC 20

As a Partner and senior facilitator for Lumina Learning, Mireille delivers training on leadership, teamwork, diversity & inclusion and presentation skills to major corporations across Japan and Asia. Mireille also trains and supports a community of over 50 Lumina Practitioners who are certified to use Lumina’s innovative psychometric tools in their own training and consulting businesses.

As an alumna of JMEC 20 and co-chair of the newly launched JMECAA, Mireille is inspired by the many brilliant people she has met through the JMEC network. Born and raised in Tokyo, Mireille enjoys practising Naginata – a budo martial art in which she holds a 2nd Dan rank and for which she has represented Great Britain in world and European tournaments.

About the JMECAA Professional Development “How to…” Salons

The “How to…” salons are a platform for JMEC alumni to learn practical business skills and know-how from each other. Guided by the motto ‘by alumni, for alumni’, each event will feature guest speakers from within the alumni community and focus on a specific topic related to professional development. If you have suggestions for interesting topics or you would like to be a speaker at a future event, please contact jmecaa@gmail.com.

The JMEC Alumni Association is a non-profit volunteer organisation. All proceeds from JMECAA events will go to Bridge For Smile, our chosen NPO for the year.

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Thu Nov 13, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM JST
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Venue Address
2F Inui Heim, 61 Yakuoji-cho, Ichigaya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0063 Japan