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Angela Ortiz: Helping budding leaders become more positive and resilient to challenges

Having set up non-profit organization Place to Grow in 2011 to support communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Angela Ortiz is sharing her experience to help others. Her newly launched book, “Place to Grow: 8 Principles That Will Make You An Effective Leader in Social Impact,” is designed to offer insights and practical tips gleaned from hands-on learning over the past nine years. 

For ‘student of life’ Angela Ortiz, lessons from family and ‘Grit MBA’ from Tohoku led to dream job

“Almost every step of my adult life has been hands-on learning,” explains Angela Ortiz, a self-confessed “student of life” who currently works as Japan director of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for H&M, the popular global fashion firm.

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DIRECTORY OF WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS IN JAPAN

My first memories of Japan are of the nature and freedom associated with Mount Fuji. My parents immigrated to Tokyo in 1988 and while waiting for our housing to be finalized we spent a few weeks in a van camping and traveling around Mount Fuji and other parts of Shizuoka, as well as Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures.

Angela Ortiz: ‘I’d like to see Tohoku contributing to Japan and the world’

1. What first brought you to Japan? My family moved here for work when I was a child, around the age of 5.

2. What’s keeping you here? My current work, my daughter and my family.

3. When you think of Japan you think of … Tokyo Tower! Also, safe, clean streets and punctual public transport.

The One Who Never Stops: An Interview With Angela Ortiz

O.G.A. for Aid is a non-profit organization in Minamisanriku, a town devastated by the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.

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THE BOOK

This gem of a book is beautiful combination of one part political philosophy (the power of the individual), one part community activism (rebuilding in disaster-affected Tohoku), and one part NGO social impact practitioner insights. GET YOUR PERSONAL PAPERBACK COPY TODAY!

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