Mari’s enthusiasm for technology and communication has helped her break down language barriers and facilitate connections between people from different cultures over their shared passions, from sports to wearable technologies. At Own The Room, she channels that enthusiasm toward helping participants better express their narratives and connect with audiences.

As a translator and interpreter, Mari has assisted clients across many industries communicate in pitches, investor meetings and press conferences, and has assisted brands ranging from Honda and Fujitsu to DKNY, Canon, and the FIFA World Cup. As Director of Communications at Telepathy Inc., a wearable technology startup, she served as a key liaison between the CEO and the media. She is also the founder of JWE, a Japanese women’s professional networking event.

When not working, Mari loves to travel and absorb different cultures, from studying tango in Argentina to volunteering with youth and students in Eritrea. She teaches Own The Room seminars in English and Japanese.