Name: Yoky Matsuoka
Title: Managing Executive Officer, Panasonic
Biography: Yoky Matsuoka is the Founder & CEO of Yo Labs, an independently led subsidiary of Panasonic focused on building consumer technology products and services to help people live healthier and happier lives. As an accomplished executive and technologist, she brings more than two decades of leadership experience to her role where she also leads global innovation and serves as the Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation.
Expectation for SPORTS CHANGE MAKERS project: In my youth, as an aspiring professional tennis player and swimmer, I was glued to the Olympics. They meant everything to me at the time. Eventually after an injury, I was drawn to technology, specifically robotics, to help individuals overcome physical limitations. I have spent my entire career focused on building technology to help people. I cannot wait to see the ideas this group will come up with.
Expectation for Generation Z and Millennials: I really want for this next generation to be mission driven all the time. The potential is limitless. Through technology they have access to so many more resources, mentors, funding, ideas, and new ways of doing things, than my generation. I think they are very aware of the big problems and challenges we face in the world today, and are already looking at ways to use technology to build a better future.
About barriers: Absolutely, as a female in tech, and as a mother of four, I have faced many barriers and challenges. When I look back at my career, first in academia as a professor, and then building consumer products in Silicon Valley, I was often the first woman to join these organizations. There was no maternity leave! I had to create it. Looking back, all of the barriers I have faced have always made me grow and led to helping people in one way or the other. I have always been able to focus on the opportunities technology can create vs. the barriers in front of me. Currently, the biggest barrier in my life at the moment is juggling my family and career. This is a pain point for so many women across the world. My mission at Panasonic is to help with this problem and to create technology that helps enhance well-being for women and families. There should be ways to support people in the home so they are able to be who they want to be.