Donor Spotlight: Shinichi Tasaka


12 September 2018

Published inPM Philanthropist (archived)

Shinichi Tasaka speaking on a panel

‘Prosperity brings responsibility’

Systems engineer Shinichi Tasaka has enjoyed a fast-track career in cars. He has used project management skills to advance development projects for automobile companies for more than 40 years. While his titles and employers have changed across the decades, two things remain constant: his belief in social empowerment through education, and his commitment to support it with donations to PMIEF.

Holding a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Shinichi worked with IBM Japan Ltd. for 32 years as systems engineer (CAD/CAM/CAE, and super-computing applications) and then became project manager for projects spanning global procurement, bill-of-materials reconstruction, assembly line control, dealer management system, and more. In 2016 he joined Management Solutions Co. Ltd. where he will remain in charge of training programs until his October retirement. 

“I joined PMIEF in 2010 as a member of the PMI Japan Chapter where I served as secretary general, and worked to build liaison registration,” says Shinichi who resides in Chigasaki-city, Kanagawa, Japan. It was then that he fully grasped the power found in PMI volunteers who were eager to teach programs provided by PMIEF. “They were able to share the sheer ‘wonderfulness’ of project management through educational activities,” he adds enthusiastically.

Shinichi says he is impressed by the way PMIEF programs guide volunteers “to actively introduce project management concepts to the younger generation – even elementary school students – in an easy-to-understand manner” while on-site at schools. Furthermore, he’s been encouraged to see the cooperation that grows between school personnel and PMI volunteers as they demonstrate real-life applications for PM basics. “I have observed how very important it is not only to share knowledge, but also to enhance the learning effect of project management through real experiences,” stresses Shinichi.

Convinced of the importance of this exchange of knowledge between volunteers, school staff and students, Shinichi translated that conviction into donations to PMIEF beginning in 2011. Though he retired from his PMI Japan Chapter position in 2015, and is on the verge of professional retirement this fall, he has no plans on retiring his tradition of giving. “I feel empathy with PMIEF's way of thinking, their philosophies. I like it all.  Even if I am not able to actively volunteer, I know that a financial contribution leads to nurturing the vitality of the younger generation. Offering financial support through a donor program is the least I can do.”

Currently involved in training programs for PMs and candidate PMs, Shinichi enjoys motor sports in his spare time, as well as touring his Japanese homeland by bike. He also makes time to contemplate the needs of those following in his professional footsteps.

He makes an eloquent reference to a wise saying that reinforces his feelings about sharing project management skills. “There is a proverb that teaches us, ‘Prosperity is powerful.’ Those who have knowledge can share it through volunteer activities and PMIEF donations. We have an obligation to help others as much as possible. We must use our own prosperity to benefit the next generation and help them to embrace their own power. Prosperity brings responsibility.”

Donors like Shinichi … and you … can make an impact on the future of the next generation through support for PMIEF. Your generosity today helps underwrite tomorrow’s achievements.