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Amazon's Culture of Innovation

  • Monday, August 24, 2020
  • 4:00 PM
  • Online (Links will be sent prior to event)


  • $10 suggested donation for Non-member after August 17th.
  • Free Registration for JASSW members and current members of other Japan-America Societies.
  • Registration with a $10 donation to support the Society.
  • Registration with a $25 donation to support the Society.
  • $10 to support the Society and $10 to support the Artist.
  • $20 to support the Society and $10 to support the Artist.
  • Your $10 goes to support today's VSS live music performer.

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Jeff Barr, Vice President and Chief Evangelist for Amazon Web Services (AWS), a legendary figure in the entire Amazon organization, will share his perspectives on how Amazon fosters a culture of innovation among its employees and exercises customer obsession. He will touch on his experiences working with fellow Amazonians in Japan and his impression of the country and its people.

Date: Monday, August 24th, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM Pacific Time

Place: Online (Links will be send out prior to the event)

Registration is required: This online event will be recorded.  By joining, you are giving consent for this meeting to be recorded.

Click HERE to submit your questions for Jeff in advance.  The deadline for advance submission is August 10th


Jeff Barr joined Amazon in 2002, became the company’s first web services evangelist in 2003, and founded the AWS News Blog in 2004. In his role as Chief Evangelist, Jeff strives to explain the benefits of cloud computing and web services to anyone who will listen. He has written over 3000 posts for the AWS Blog and another 1100 for his personal blog, records weekly AWS update videos, and maintains an active social media presence.

Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from American University and his Master’s degree in Communication and Digital Media from the University of Washington. Before coming to Amazon, Jeff held development and management positions at Microsoft, KnowNow, eByz, and Akopia, and was a co-founder of Visix Software.

Jeff has been a technical reviewer for 4 books on web services, wrote a chapter on advanced scripting for a book on Second Life, and is the author of Host Your Website in the Cloud, published by SitePoint in 2010. 


Kay Packard is a Senior Manager in BDO’s Valuations and Business Analytics group and is based in Seattle. She specializes in business valuations for financial reporting and tax reporting purposes as well as corporate planning and transaction purposes.
Kay is also an adjunct faculty at Seattle University and teaches a valuation course for the Master of Professional Accounting program at Seattle University. She is originally from Yokohama, Japan and is fluent in Japanese.


VSS - Live Music

Bring a sense of comfort and renewed hope


Takumi Taguchi is currently a student of Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. His former teachers and mentors have included Aaron Rosand, Midori, Simon James, Hiro David, and Mihoko Hirata, among others. Takumi received KING FM/Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Young Artist Awards, David Tonkonogui Memorial Awards presented by Music of Remembrance, and has appeared with various orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony. In recent summers he has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, Center Stage Strings, and the Music Academy of the West, working with members of the Tokyo, Takacs, and Calidore String Quartets.l.


A native of Japan, Nozomi Khudyev has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral keyboardist at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. An active collaborative pianist, she has appeared in concerts throughout Northern America, Europe, Central and East Asia.
Currently she resides in Seattle area with her husband and daughters and enjoys playing for the distinguished Coleman Violin Studio.


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