We are excited to announce the third event of the "Chicago Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Japan" (CHIEF-J)
This time we are honored to have as the guest speaker, Mr. Junichi Okubo, a 1999 Chicago Booth alumnus. Mr. Okubo has been a very successful Goldman Sachs financial professional as well as a well-known superb athlete.
When he was at his brightest moment as a business professional in 2007, he was told that he was suffering from a severe form of cancer, and it was found that the cancer had spread to multiple parts of his body. After a few years battling cancer and struggling with the after-effects of powerful anti-cancer treatments, finally he defeated the cancer.
Now he is challenging, through his own experiences, to launch a social enterprise in order for cancer sufferers to help each other, which is called "5Years.org". We believe that we will be able to learn a significant amount from his previous challenging experiences.
7:00pm–7:55pm Keynote Speech: Mr. Junichi OkuboFight against cancer, challenging to 100km marathon, and new endeavor to social enterprise.
8:00pm-8:45pm Discussion "5Years.org for building a mutually-supportive society"
The event will be held in the Japanese language.
2,000 YEN per person
The participation fee will be used solely for food/beverage and event operation expenses.
Junichi Okubo (Speaker), 5Years.org
Born in 1964 in Nagano Prefecture, MS from Nagoya University, 1991.
After graduation he worked at Mitsubishi Oil for seven years, and then went to Chicago Booth (GSB) (M.B.A. in 1999). After he graduating from Chicago Booth, he worked at Goldman Sachs until 2014. In the meantime, he succeeded in completing more than 50 marathons and finished the Saroma Lake 100km-Ultra-Marathon six times.
He was told that he was suffering from testicular cancer in 2007 and the cancer had spread to various parts of his body. After fighting cancer, he finally fully recovered and survived with a less-than-50% survival rate for such type of cancers. In 2013 he also returned to Saroma Lake 100km-Ultra-Marathon. Okubo-san has now committed himself to spend rest of his life contributing to society as a person whose life was given back from the disease.
After his decision, he retired from Goldman Sachs in 2014 and is now challenging to establish a social enterprise to provide communication tools for cancer patients and those who have recovered from the disease.