History, Core Beliefs, Programs, and More
The JBDN is the most influential global network of female board directors and senior professionals dedicated to improving corporate governance and board diversity in Japan.
The JBDN was founded in April 2021 with 20 charter members, including honorary members Kathy Matsui, Jenifer Rogers, Masako Egawa, and Kaori Sasaki.
Our Core Beliefs
Board diversity contributes to financial performance and improves corporate governance.
Increasing the number of female directors on Japanese boards and in leadership positions is critical to Japan's economic revitalization.
JBDN will accelerate positive change in corporate governance in Japan through training, inspiring and "calling to action" JBDN members.
The JBDN focuses on board excellence and presents on topics including:
Strategy, ROE & Valuation
ESG Indexes, ESG Investing
Role of the Independent Director
About the Founder
Tracy Gopal, CFA, MBA
Tracy Gopal has been passionate about Japan for three decades. She believes that progress in corporate governance is important for long-term sustainable growth and corporate value. She founded Third Arrow Strategies after 15+ years with EY, GCA and ISS. She has advised C-suite management teams and Boards of Directors on transactions (valuation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings) and investors on corporate governance (proxy voting, proxy policy, stewardship, governance risk, and effective engagement).
Tracy is a proactive and collaborative problem solver who excels at educating, informing, and inspiring. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) where she is the Co-Chair of Programs, Founder/Chair of the JSNC Women's Impact Network, and a member of the Audit Committee. She is a Council Leader at the US Japan Council.
She received her MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, and her BA from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Phi Beta Kappa, Economics. She has been a CFA Charterholder since 2002. She is fluent in Japanese and a frequent public speaker in both English and Japanese.