Kokorozashi Seminar: Toyota’s Innovation in Employee Experience

Thursday, June 8, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:20 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Kokorozashi means personal mission in Japanese and is the central part of the GLOBIS MBA. In this seminar, we invite a CHRO changing a large company to meet the fast changing speed of the industry with her kokorozashi.

Toyota has been traditionally popular among people interested in car design/manufacturing and car sales/services. But as the world is changing with disruptions, Toyota aims to become a mobility company.  Ms. Cockrell is leading this transformation by changing the HR Systems to newly attract software, data & electrical engineers, data scientists, and customer & product success professionals.

This lecture will provide business leaders and HR professionals with what values and environment are important for workers today and how to transform a company to create those conditions while maintaining the corporate philosophy and culture.

During the seminar, the GLOBIS USA President, Mr. Nakamura will have a dialogue with Ms. Cockrell. He will ask why and how Ms. Cockrell developed her personal mission. He will also discuss Ms. Cockrell challenges and learn how she has overcome them. Ms. Cockrell will share her knowledge with people aspiring to bring change to their organization or to larger societal problems. Following the dialogue, we would like to invite attendees for a Q&A session with Ms. Cockrell and Nakamura.

Notes about this interactive online event

This event will be held live online. Upon registration, a link will be sent to your email address with a URL and details on how to join. Some tips for the event!

  • Join on time as the event will be live (we recommend signing in at least 5 minutes early).
  • Please try to have earphones, microphone and/or a webcam ready for a more interactive experience.
  • Have a good time and don’t be shy to participate in the discussions.

We look forward to meeting you online.


Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:20 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Where: Online
Registration Fee: Free of charge
Language: English


5:45 PM (PDT) Reception Opens
6:00-6:05 PM (PDT) GLOBIS & Kokorozashi Introduction
6:05-6:35 PM (PDT) Lecture by Ms. Cockrell
6:35-6:55 PM (PDT) Dialogue between Ms. Cockrell and Nakamura-san
6:55-7:10 PM (PDT) Q&A
7:10-7:20 PM (PDT) Wrap Up

Kim Cockrell (Speaker)

Kim Cockrell is chief human resources officer for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), responsible for TMNA’s human resources (HR) function. In this role, she is responsible for contributing to successful team member engagement including Compensation, Benefits, Talent Development, Training & Learning, Executive Liaison, Strategic Planning Office, HR Technology, HR Analytics, HR Communications and Ask HR.

Prior to Cockrell’s current position, she served as vice president of Human Resources, Toyota Motor North America.

Cockrell joined Toyota Financial Services (TFS) in 2006, as HR manager for the company’s Eastern Customer Service Center (CSC) and, later, its Western Region and Sales, Marketing & Product department at Toyota’s national headquarters. In 2011, Cockrell was promoted to national HR manager for CSC Operations & Field Services, providing leadership and strategic direction to four HR teams responsible for providing guidance to all CSCs and various teams nationwide. She was also national manager of business readiness for the Core Receivables Program before joining the TFS service operations team in 2013 as the General Manager for service operations strategy, planning & support.

Cockrell began her career in recruiting, training, and development at Lehman Brothers, where she worked with senior management to develop strategies and created a continuing education curriculum for the company. She later continued with the HR teams at Yahoo, First Data Corporation, and BearingPoint Inc., where she held the role of HR manager.

Cockrell serves on the Southern Regional board for Step Up Women’s Network and is an active volunteer with Children’s Ministry at Fellowship Dallas Bible Church. She was recognized by Who’s Who in Black Dallas in both 2018 and 2019.

Cockrell earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Master of Science in Counseling from Fordham University in New York.

Tomoya Nakamura

Tomoya Nakamura (Dialogue Partner)

Mr. Tomoya Nakamura serves as President of GLOBIS USA, Inc.

He started his professional career at Marubeni Corporation, reorganized an investment company at Advantage Partners, and was the Senior Managing Director of Sun-Life Corporation (TSE 7040). At Sun-Life he introduced a progressive ESOP for more than 250 employees including part-time workers.

He served as Dean of the English MBA Programs at GLOBIS University while also starting the GLOBIS global training business and continues to serve as the main facilitator for various corporate clients. He primarily lectures on leadership, kokorozashi, and globalization.

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