Mar 3, 2015

MWED's Kim Morisaki to Present Lecture on Kumamoto, Japan at FVCC

Kim Morisaki
Kim Morisaki


Flathead Valley Community College’s international student club, Global Friends, will host two free community brownbag lunch presentations on Kumamoto, Japan, Montana’s sister state, by Kim Morisaki, who oversees special projects and business development at Montana West Economic Development (MWED).


Drawing on her personal experience of living in Kumamoto for 11 years, Morisaki will cover topics from exchange opportunities and everyday living to the rural community’s education system and culture. Morisaki also will share her personal experiences teaching English with the national Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.


Morisaki started her professional career building entrepreneurial skills in international trade for 11 years in Kumamoto. While there, she launched and operated Big Sky International Trading, an importer of U.S. building materials and furniture to Japanese architects, developers and designers. She later returned to her native Montana and spent five years in the private sector managing national accounts for a local building products manufacturer. In her role at MWED, she assists new and expanding businesses in their pursuits of financial resources and business expertise. An active member of the Flathead Business and Retention team, Morisaki promotes and develops industry networks in manufacturing and technology to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing among local business sectors. Outside work, she is actively involved with the local Japanese community and Montana’s Japan Club, helping Japanese students settle into the Montana lifestyle.


Open to the public, the lectures will take place March 11 and March 12 at noon in the Board Room inside Blake Hall. For more information, contact Gerda Reeb at 756-3889 or