Career Forum MP3s

Thanks to everybody who presented at and attended the 2007 JETAANY Career Forum on October 27th.

We recorded the program and have made the audio MP3s available online (right-click and select “save as” to download the MP3s. Click on “read more” to see presenter and panelist bios.

Anne Koller’s Keynote Speech

Clara Solomon’s Resume Workshop

Panel Discussion

Panelist and Presenter Biographies


Rob Tuck – MC and JETAANY President

Rob Tuck graduated with a M.A. (Hons) (1st Class) in Japanese Studies from Oxford, U.K., in 2002, going on to work as a consultant for a technology firm in Cambridge for one year and then as a CIR on the JET program in Miyagi Prefecture from 2003-2005. He is now a 3rd year PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, specializing in Meiji period Japanese literature, and will be traveling to Japan from fall 2008 to do a year’s fieldwork at Waseda University in Tokyo. He was awarded his M.A. in Modern Japanese Literature from Columbia as part of the PhD program in February 2007, and hopes to have his PhD completed by 2010.

In his spare time, Rob also volunteers as the President of JETAA New York.

Lee-Sean Huang – Discussion Panel MC and JETAANY Webmaster

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University, Lee-Sean Huang moved to Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, where he worked as a junior high school ALT from 2003-2006.

Lee-Sean moved to New York City in August of 2006 and began work as a campaigner for Avaaz.org, an international, online advocacy group, where he leveraged internet technology and new media to promote multi-issue progressive political campaigns. He left Avaaz in August 2007 and began working at Human Rights Watch, where he is working on building up the organization’s online communication and advocacy potential.

Outside of his day job, Lee-Sean is a co-founder and producer at Hepnova Multimedia, a genre-defying band, multimedia production company, and modern lifestyle brand. He is also the webmaster for JETAANY.org.

Anne Koller – Keynote Presentation

Anne Koller is a Milwaukee native and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Urban Studies. Following graduation Anne joined JET where she was an ALT for 5 schools in Kitano-machi, located in Fukuoka, for two consecutive years. Ready to explore a different culture and learn new languages, Anne then relocated to the south of Brazil where she worked in a language school as an English teacher for adults and teens while studying Portuguese. After 6 months of teaching in the south she moved to Rio de Janeiro where she lived and worked in Rocinha, the largest favela in South America, volunteering in two preschools. Her passion for learning new languages and cultures continued with her moving to Cordoba, Argentina, where she was Assistant Director at an English school.

After moving back to Milwaukee she worked for six months as a Marketing Associate and Office Manager for an athletic surfaces company while interviewing for jobs in New York, Tokyo and Brazil. Anne started working for the International Staffing team at Google in November 2006 as a Recruiting Coordinator where she worked with the Latin America and Greater China offices. She is now pursuing other professional goals outside of Google and plans to stay in New York.

Clara Solomon – Resume Workshop

Clara is Assistant Director for the Graduate Division at the Office of Career Services at New York University School of Law, where she oversees career counseling and programming, as well as employer relations for LL.M. and J.S.D. students, including over 300 international students. She has worked in the Office of Career Services since 2003. Clara holds a Master’s Degree in International Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, with a focus on higher education administration and international student advising. She also received her B.A., magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies from NYU. Prior to joining NYU, she worked for the Japan External Trade Organization, specializing in trade relations between Japan and Latin America. Clara was a CIR in Tottori-ken from 1999-2001. She now lives in Queens with her husband and cat.

Discussion Panelists


Rosie de Fremery

Rosie de Fremery graduated from Oberlin College in 1998. She was an ALT in Shizuoka Prefecture from 1998-2001. After completing her term on the JET Program Rosie moved to New York and started working in nonprofit technology. She served as Information Systems Manager at Community Food Resource Center, a nonprofit organization focusing on access to nutritious food and low-income housing, from 2001-2003. She then accepted the position of Director of Management Information Systems at American Jewish World Service, an international development organization known for its emergency relief work following the Indian Ocean Tsunami as well as for its efforts to stop the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region. Rosie currently heads up the MIS department at American Jewish World Service, where she oversees all technology systems for the organization.

Rosie has kept an active link with things Japanese since returning home from the JET Programme, previously serving as chair of the JETAANY Book Club and Vice President of JETAANY. She studies Japanese calligraphy at the Kampo Cultural Center and is currently ranked at jun-san-dan level. She is also licensed to teach intermediate level Japanese calligraphy. Rosie is applying to Ph.D programs in Japanese Studies and will begin her studies in the fall of 2008, specializing in Japanese calligraphy and Zen art.

Nancy Ikehara

Born and bred in Los Angeles, Nancy is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, with a BA in Organizational Studies and a minor in Economics and Japanese Studies. She spent her junior year at Waseda University in Tokyo, where she renewed her interest and appreciation for all things Japanese.

In 1994, she joined the JET Programme and devoted three years to the Yokohama Association for International Communications and Exchanges, as a Coordinator for International Relations, where she supported Yokohama’s sister-city projects, served as editor for the city’s English language newsletter, and helped promote cross-cultural exchanges.

In 1997, immediately following JET, she was offered a public relations position with chemicals producer Tosoh Corporation in Tokyo, where she learned the ins and outs of the PR trade. She spent three-and-a-half years with Tosoh before entering the Public and Investor Relations division of IT services provider Fujitsu Limited. Here, she worked to improve the company’s media outreach and web communications programs for the next five years.

In June 2006, after a 12-year stint in Japan, Nancy returned to the US and set up life anew in New York City. She is now the public relations specialist for Toyo Ink International Corp., the regional HQ of inks and specialty chemicals producer Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Shareen Mani

Shareen Mani currently serves as Operations Manager for NSR Technologies, Inc., an innovative, chemical technology, manufacturing and resource recycling company. Prior to joining NSR in April of 2006, she served as Corporate Communications Manager at Henry Schein, Inc., the largest distributor of healthcare products and services to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets, where her duties included speechwriting, media and investor relations, and management of Henry Schein’s corporate citizenship program. Professionally, she has also interned as an on-air news reporter in Washington D.C., worked at Merck & Co. in its Europe, Middle East & Africa Public Affairs Department; and served as an intern in the Press & Public Affairs Division of the US Mission to the United Nations. Shareen holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S.J. in Journalism, both from Northwestern University. She served as an assistant language teacher on the JET program in 2001-2002, and has advanced speaking ability in Japanese and French. Her hobbies include horseback riding, skiing and playing the piano.

Anthony Rivera

Anthony graduated from Vassar College in 2001 with a degree in Asian Studies. Right after graduation, he spent 3 years in Okayama City as an ALT in 2 senior high schools. After JET he stayed in Japan and moved to Kochi City, where he taught English at a small English conversation school. After 4 years, he thought it was time to move back to NY and upon his return found a position at Nikkei America, Inc. There he supported the sales staff by creating sales presentations, translating Japanese documents, and organizing events. He spent a year and a half at Nikkei before moving to his current position working at Bloomberg‘s Global Customer Support department. This is the first step in the financial sales training program, which is an intense 8 month – 1 year training in customer support, finance, and sales skills.

Jill Schimmel

Jill graduated in 2002 from the University of Virginia with a major in Government and a minor in Philosophy. She then went to Osaka-fu in 2002 as an ALT, and stayed til August of 2005. During her time there, she studied Japanese and traveled extensively. In August of 2005, she returned to the US and started work at a translation company, remaining there until January of 2007.

In June 2007, she started the NYC Teaching Fellows, and she is now pursuing a Masters in Education at the same time as teaching 6th grade ESL/ Social Studies in Washington Heights.