Online lecture by Ms. Shirley Ann Higuchi "My Leadership Origin Story, Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration"

Global Leadership Cafe #3


We at ToTAL are honored to invite Ms. Shirley Ann Higuchi, Chair of Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation* to hold an online lecture from Washington D.C. about her leadership origin story on Friday, December 3, 2021.


Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation was formed in 1996 to preserve and memorialize the Heart Mountain World War II Japanese American Confinement Site in Wyoming, USA.

Ms. Higuchi will share the arc of her origin story from growing up in a predominantly black and white community in Ann Arbor, Michigan; getting her law degree from Georgetown Law in Washington, DC; working at a high-powered Washington DC law firm; to the crisis and surprise of her mother's deathbed wish and her pivotal moment visiting the place of her parents' WWII incarceration at Heart Mountain.

She now chairs the foundation that runs the only privately-owned former WWII incarceration site and bridges the communities of Cody, Wyoming and the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated there during WWII. She will share her evolution and strategies as a leader and activist in the Japanese American community and underscoring the importance of knowing one's own personal family history in order to step boldly into the future.

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Event Outline

Date and time

Friday, December 3, 2021 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (JST)




Tokyo Tech students, faculty and staff and the general public




Free of charge

How to apply

Trailer of Ms.Higuchi's book "Setsuko's Secret"

Online lecture by Ms. Shirley Ann Higuchi

Online lecture by Ms. Shirley Ann Higuchi


Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership (ToTAL)


Tel +81-3-5734-3755

Update : November 19, 2021