YPC Meet & Greet-Kumiko Watanabe, Grant Thornton LLP

YPC Meet & Greet with Kumiko Watanabe

Friday, August 19, 2016

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Japan America Society of Chicago (1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2475, Chicago, IL 60602)



On Friday, August 19, the Japan America Society of Chicago’s Young Professionals Committee will host a meet & greet with Kumiko Watanabe, Partner and National Leader of the Japan Business Group at the accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP. Ms. Watanabe is a Board Member of the JASC and Chairs the Society’s Education Committee. This will be the second in a series of networking events, designed to provide an opportunity for the Society’s younger members to interact with the organization’s senior members.

The JASC brings together a diverse group of business and civic leaders, both Japanese and American. These networking events will provide an informal setting to meet some of the Society’s senior members and hear about their experiences. Instead of a formal presentation, there will be a moderated conversation between the guest and attendees. There will be ample time at the end for questions from attendees.

Grant Thornton LLP is the sixth largest accounting firm in the USA, with 58 offices and approximately 8,000+ employees, 565 partners, and annual revenue in excess of US$1.56 billion. As the National Leader of Grant Thornton’s Japan Business Group, Kumiko Watanabe provides audit, tax and advisory services to Japanese companies doing business in the USA. She is also an International Tax partner in Grant Thornton’s International Client Services group. Ms. Watanabe has extensive experience assisting clients in the establishment of businesses in the U.S.; business advisory, restructuring, and merger and acquisition services; and federal, state and foreign jurisdiction tax planning. She also has significant experience in income tax provision, transfer pricing, R&D studies and IRS audit support. She provides services for clients in industries such as auto parts manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, research, IT consulting and distributing. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2011, Ms. Watanabe spent 15 years at PwC in Chicago. She holds a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and an MS in Taxation from DePaul University. Ms. Watanabe is active in the Japan America Society of Chicago and has been a board member since 2010.

The cost to attend is $10.00 for JASC members only and will include light refreshments. Space is limited to just 12 people so RSVP today.

Register no later than August 17, 2016.