Charlotte Kennedy-Takahashi, M.B.A., M.A.

Associate Professor of Business Administration

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Department: Business


  • MBA, International Business Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • MA, History, a focus on 19th with a minor in cross cultural communications, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • BA, History, Tabor College
  • History & economics courses, University of Maryland, Yongsan Base, Korea
  • Negotiation for Senior Executives: Harvard University/MIT & Tufts University

Professional Background

  • Associate Professor, Business Administration, Tabor College (from 2012)
  • Chairman, OakBridge, Ltd. (Paris, London and Denver), Human Resources Consulting, Outsourcing & Executive Search for international business entities (2000-2012)
  • President & CEO, Oak Associates KK (Tokyo & Osaka), Human Resources Consulting, Outsourcing & Executive Search for international business entities (1980-2012)
  • President, Oak Associates—Trimedia, KK (Public relations for institutional investor market segment)
  • Executive Committee member & business instructor for Japanese companies, International Education Center—Tokyo (Nichibei) (1978-1980)
  • History/social science & debate/drama teacher at Seoul Foreign School, Seoul, Korea & American School, Tegucigalpa, Honduras


  • United Kingdom, Quality Assurance Auditing Certificate (ISO 9000 quality control) (1995)
  • United Kingdom, Arbitration certificate (for non-court arbitration panels)
  • Secondary education certification in Kansas and Colorado

Recognition & Awards

  • Who’s Who in the World, The Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board (1993-94)
  • The World Who’s Who of Women (1992-1993)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for contributions for furthering the interests of American business in Japan as a Board Member & Vice President, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (1990 & 2000)
  • Certificate of Appreciation for management contributions as a Board Member & Vice President, Tokyo American Club (2001 & 2012)
  • Thunderbird Who’s Who: In recognition of Professional Achievement, Thunderbird School of Global Management (1987)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Entrepreneur (International Entrepreneur), Thunderbird School of Global Management (1989 & 1995)
  • Tabor College Alumni Merit Award (1991-92)
  • Who’s Who in Christian Colleges

Courses Taught

  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • Principle of Marketing
  • Sales Forces Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Business Law
  • Business Internship
  • Selection a Career
  • Performance Management
  • Asian History (Chinese & Japanese)


  • Numerous articles on US business in Japan, trade issues, living in Japan, international human resources, labour issues in Japan, managing in Japan, women executives, entrepreneurship and deregulation (Japanese & foreign publications in Asia, including Nikkei Shinbun, Dentsu magazine, Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan Times, American Chamber of Commerce Journal, Canadian Chamber Journal, British Chamber Journal, Japan Secretary magazine, etc.)
  • Oak Associates (Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi), Business Savvy, Yohan Publications
  • Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi, “As I See It”, Asahi Shinbun, monthly column, expressing a foreigner’s view of Japan


  • Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce (2014, September) “Performance Management System (PMS): HR Practitioners Supporting Managers for Assessment”
  • McPherson chapter of the national Society for Human Resources Management (2014, April). Same topic as above3. Kansas University (2014, Feb-Mar): “Japanese Perceptions and Beliefs in a Modern World”
  • MEDA Conference presentation on women in leadership (2013, November)
  • Witness, (as advocate for labour law changes representing the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan) for Japanese Diet and Labour Ministry hearings; my initiative resulted in 15 labour laws/regulations being changed by the Japanese Diet/Labour Ministry and a basic Japanese legal principle being challenged and altered (traditionally Japanese laws listed what could be done with other actions being prohibited-this principle changed to laws written on what could not be done—-“Negative Lists” (1996-2000)
  • US Treasury Department and USTR Ambassador briefings (1996), “Barriers to US Business in Japan’s Regulatory Environment”
  • As representative & Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, gave over 50 presentations to Japanese business & government groups on US business in Japan, promoting a fair playing field for American business in the Japanese market (1980’s & 1990”s)
  • Japan Secretarial Association, several presentations for their international symposiums on various aspects of being successful in international business as a woman


  • Member, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, MAHRP (Chapter of national group, Society of Human Resource Management)
  • Judge for WSU entrepreneur competition
  • Member (Former Board Member, Vice President, & chair of numerous committees), American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (3000 corporate members)
  • Representative of American Chamber of Commerce as advisor to the Japan Labour Institute (part of the Japanese Labour Ministry) on issues of labour involving foreign investment in Japan (1990-1997)
  • Member (Former Board Member and Vice President), Tokyo American Club (largest private business/family club in world with 15,000 members.)
  • Member (Former Councilor), America-Japan Society (attended frequent international symposiums on US-Japan relations and spoke to sister organizations (Japan-America Societies) in Seattle, Portland, Maine and Oregon, Pittsburg & Washington, DC on business issues in Japan)
  • Former Board Member, Boy Scouts in Asia/implemented leadership training for Girl Scout leaders from US military bases across Asia/Middle East
  • Former Board Member, Tokyo English Life Line
  • Founder and Chairman, Entrepreneur Club (Tokyo)
  • Founding Member, Foreign Executive Women (Tokyo)
  • Chairman, Republicans Abroad, Japan
  • Founder, “Welcome Furoshiki”, free service offered to new-to-Japan families; over 14,000 families were visited to help them to acclimate to life in Japan
  • Chairman, Living in Japan Committee, ACCJ (various community projects, i.e., proving seeing-eye dogs to young Japanese/ running Junior Achievement program)
  • Member, Wichita Metro Chamber
  • Member, National Society of Human Resource Management


  • NHK radio broadcasts to Africa, explaining Japan, and also radio discussions on US-Japan business issues
  • NHK television English business newscaster (Japan)
  • Appeared on “Good Morning America”, discussing voting patterns of Americans living overseas, PBS on women in international business, BBC on managing in Japan; Interview with American press on my response to the death of Emperor Hirohito
  • Traveled to 68 countries, living in four of them, to understand the world we live in
  • Believe one needs to understand the culture, economy and history of the counties in which one does business. As a globalist, I strive to excite students about the satisfaction of being a global business professional