Kathryn Ibata-Arens Associate professor, DePaul University; Co-founder, TOMODACHI Tohoku Challenge

Kathryn Ibata-Arens, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University and co-founder of the TOMODACHI Tohoku Challenge (TTC). The TTC is a TOMODACHI Initiative project supporting new business development in the earthquake zone. Ibata-Arens also serves on the U.S.-Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council. This piece was written in association with The Op-Ed Project, which seeks to expand the range of opinion voices.