Jennifer “Jae” Pi’ilani Requiro is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for AEG Worldwide. In this role, she develops, implements, and drives the DEI strategy for AEG. Prior to this role, Jae served as the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Thermo Fisher Scientific and Director of Diversity at Toyota Financial Services. In 2016, Jae wrote the Foreword to a best-selling business book on diversity and inclusion by Jennifer Brown, “Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace, and The Will to Change”.
Outside the office, Jae lives her passion, serving as a Sensei at an Okinawan karate studio in Southern California. The dojo’s teaching philosophy focuses on the principles of respect, discipline, and self-defense. And the dojo has earned a reputation as a nurturing and safe space for students with special abilities to thrive. Jae encourages all of her students to find their “ikigai”. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.”
As member of the APIAHF board, Jae believes that all persons have the right to be healthy, the right to live in a thriving community, and the right to quality, affordable, and accessible health care. Jae is co-chair for the APIAHF Business Leadership Circle which works toward positively addressing the unique and complex challenges facing AAs and NHPIs, while simultaneously creating value for their partners’ brands and businesses.
Prior to joining the AEG family, Jae was the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Her responsibilities included D&I education, division level D&I consultation, and employee resource groups. She started her career at Toyota, building and implementing their diversity and inclusion strategy. Her responsibilities included D&I education, executive accountability, mentoring and employee resource groups. Jae also developed strategies to enhance Toyota’s corporate reputation around and increase partnerships with certified diverse suppliers. She has presented at several conferences, workshops and educational forums sharing insights on employee resource groups and generational diversity.
Jae contributed as an “expert panelist” with the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) through The Centre for Global Inclusion. In May 2014, Jae received the California Multicultural Leadership” Award from the National Diversity Council. Jae earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a specialization in stratification, race, and ethnicity and an emphasis in business administration from UCLA. In her spare time, Jae performs hula, paddles outrigger canoes and is a single mother to a college-aged daughter, her source of inspiration and perspiration.