Utako Tanigawa, born in Osaka, Japan, started teaching when she was fifteen years
old as a
tutor for several middle school students. Later, she owned a private school for high
junior college students in addition to running a restaurant for ten years.
When she was 32 years old, she decided to have one-year break from her business. She
to study mathematics and explore a new culture in the U.S. However, multiple scholarships
allowed her to stay longer in America and she earned several more degrees including
Mathematics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Ph.D. in Computer Information
and post doctorate study in Management Science and Engineering
Although she had no experience working in the computer field, she luckily received
opportunities to work in Information Technology areas. Since then, Dr. Tanigawa has
executive positions in global corporations for more than three decades. At American
she traveled internationally more than twenty times a year to seven countries where
were working on global system architecture projects. In WalMart, as Chief Information
in Asia Pacific Division, managed technology departments in Japan, China, and South
Her responsibilities also extended to Global Security Shared Services, and Portfolio
She loved managing global projects and working with many teams from multiple countries.
She has also served as a visiting lecturer at several universities such as Stanford,
Chicago, and Colorado University. Today, she does advisory work with global corporate
executives to assist in their strategic planning.
For the last two decades, she has been a mentor and an advisor assisting the next
leaders to advance their leadership skills with a focus on minority women. This is
work for her which provides a lot of joy. She strongly believes that women’s power
is the key to
improve our society globally.
About ten years ago, her life had a dramatic turn due to a life-threatening illness.
severely damaged her body, her love of music returned and provided a tangible lifeline.
music continues to play a key soothing and healing role. In the recovery process,
herself, she participated in several international amateur piano competitions. There,
selected to be a contestant at Van Cliburn Outstanding Amateur, Chopin Competition
Amateur Pianists in Warsaw, Poland, Washington DC International Piano Artist Competition,
Dulwich Piano Festival in London, Piano Bridges in St. Petersburg, Russia and Seattle
International Piano Competition. She was honored to be selected as a finalist and
performer awards at several competitions.
After moving to Georgia, Dr. Tanigawa created a non-profit organization, Georgia Musicale
Group (GMG) in 2016 to share the joy of classical music with others. The members are
wide variety of backgrounds such as scientists, medical doctors, teachers, and retired
lovers. She was surprised to find that many of them have had a desire to play for
years, but they
didn’t have opportunities, or they were too nervous to play in front of people. Members
vocalists, and many instrumentalists including ensembles. GMG had many activities
in-person, virtual, live stream gatherings and concerts in addition to master classes,
and guest artist concerts. Unfortunately, the Carnegie concert was cancelled this
hopefully it will happen next year. She is grateful for GMG’s rapid growth and recognitions.