Kyoko Spector—How to be both a successful woman and entrepreneur

Kyoko Spector—How to be both a successful woman and entrepreneur

Famous TV personality and producer, Kyoko Spector believes that networking is one of the most important keys to success.

[INTERVIEW]

Kyoko Spector
TV personality and producer

Her days are full of activity; in addition to being a TV personality, a producer, an advocate for many causes, a wife, Kyoko Spector is also Honorary Consul of Albania since 2015. Always busy, actively attending official functions, charity events, work meetings, Kyoko Spector takes to heart everything she undertakes.


—You are a real example of a successful business woman in Japan. Can you give us some tips on how to be both a successful woman and entrepreneur?

I have never thought about a success simply because you are a woman or a man, and I don’t see any reason to think in this gender category. This is not to say that men and women approach their careers and undertake their lifestyle choices in exactly the same way. Sometimes I feel that because I am a woman, I am able to develop a project and effectively implement from my-female perspective. As the French say, “Vive la difference”!

I know that there are always some obstacles on a way to achieving my goals. But then I am not giving up or loosing sight of my objectives on the way to accomplishing them.

This does not mean that every idea is a winner, but you need to be careful about not giving up before. This also means that you have to be willing to accept some reasonable amount of risk.

I continue working to maintain my will to achieve my goals every day.

—You are keeping very active contact with the diplomatic corps and international community in Japan. How does this help you to develop a stronger foundation for your business?

Without a doubt, over the past 25 years I have had countless opportunities to meet diplomats and dignitaries from Japan and other countries. Currently, I am privileged to serve as an Honorary Consul of Albania in Japan.

When meeting people, I always try to think first about how I might be helpful to whomever I am speaking with. My approach is to engage with people to see what we might have in common. It is amazing what you can discover this way.

Networking is perhaps one of the most important keys to success. I meet many people almost every day, but I have also enjoyed a broad range of acquaintances over the years, from Japan’s Imperial family and other royal families to diplomats and parliamentarians, as well as people in TV, newspaper, and magazine media.

Since 2015 Kyoko Spector has served as Honorary Consul of Albania to Japan.
Since 2015 Kyoko Spector has served as Honorary Consul of Albania to Japan.

Networking is all about building relationships with individuals. I suppose that by now I have built quite an extensive network. It is a constant education for me to meet new people because those I meet are often leaders. I also try to do my small part in terms of international diplomacy by telling people about the wonderful country as is Albania.

Hence, rather than thinking about how my own business will benefit after meeting with diplomats, my attempt is to engage Albania in variety of discussion whether is in private conversation or through media.

—If you had the opportunity to speak out to all women around the world, what would your message be?

I think to have a confidence is a key to achieve personal goals. At the same time, you must live your life keeping in mind what life is all about. Maintaining a proper work/life balance is very important. Just being alive is a great blessing, which we must share with family, friends, and colleagues.

What I am trying to say is that sharing is important. Giving or receiving advices, passing on information, or just staying in touch will make everybody happy.

—As an internationalized Japanese woman, do you have any advice for other Japanese women who wish to follow in your footsteps?

The number of female executives, politicians, or other professionals in Japan used to be almost zero, but my impression is that this gradually begins to change for better.

The number of female executives, politicians, or other professionals in Japan used to be almost zero, but my impression is that this gradually begins to change for better.

Whatever people say about you or your goals, as long as you are doing what is right as you honestly see it, and your plan is solid, people who matter to you will eventually come to appreciate your position.

Even if some in Japan don’t understand your approach, it doesn’t really matter. With so many people in the world, everyone’s opinion couldn’t possibly be the same anyway.


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