Rika Nakazawa – Let the Shape Emerge

In this episode #38, we speak with Rika Nakazawa. Rika is a senior leader, entrepreneur, investor in, and frequent public speaker on, technology-powered business transformation. She is the CEO and Founder of BoardSeatMeet, a Silicon Valley social impact venture, that focuses on diversifying the board room by empowering women to build and leverage social capital with modern technology. Trilingual in Japanese, German and English, Rika grew up in Japan and moved to the US initially to attend Princeton University. She is a technology industry veteran who has worked internationally in senior executive roles in strategy, business development, and marketing with Fortune 500 companies that include NVIDIA, Sony, Accenture, American Express, and also several Silicon Valley startups. Rika is passionate about deepening the intersection of human and digital paradigms through transformational innovation and the pursuit of purpose-driven collaboration.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why there’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
  • Why you should chip away at a stone to let the shape emerge rather than try to chip away to make a shape.
  • How in today’s climate you can’t fear technology – use it to help drive change.

Discussed in this episode:

Find Rika on LinkedIn

Rika’s Company – BoardSeatMeet

Le Quartier Francais (Franschhoek, South Africa)

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