Vivian Shimoyama is the Regional Executive Director of the Southern California Regional Center for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) Initiative. She manages the regional 10KSB team which works in partnership with Goldman Sachs, Babson College, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Long Beach Community College District, Los Angeles City College, the LA Regional SBDC Network, and local business organizations.
Ms. Shimoyama has over 25 years of experience in providing strategy and business consulting services to a range of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to educational institutions, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. As an entrepreneur, she has consulted with and been an advisor to Union Bank of California, Southern California Edison, University of Southern California, IBM, Citicorp, Coastline Community College Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Moss Adams LLP, Springboard Enterprises (a national non-profit that has raised over $6.2 billion in venture funding for women led companies), and a range of small businesses, to name a few of her clients. Dedicated to building our communities, she is a member of the board of directors for the California Small Business Education Foundation, West Angeles Community Development Corporation, and serves as the Chair of Board for the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.
She is a recognized international and national leader for her advocacy work for small businesses, and women in business -- serving as a U.S. delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit an event bringing together senior private and public sector players for a dialogue on fostering women’s economic empowerment among the APEC economies; a presidential appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan federal government advisory panel that is a source of advice and counsel to the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress; a member of the U.S. delegation and facilitator for the landmark 10 Downing Street Economic Summit headed by former Prime Minster Gordon Brown and the U.K. government; an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.
Ms. Shimoyama has been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the district, region, and recognized by the U.S. Congress with the 1999 National Women in Business Advocate Award. She is a graduate of the College of Commerce at the University of Illinois, and resides in Long Beach, California.