Yoky Matsuoka has done it all, but she realizes that you can’t do it all on your own. Pausing to ask herself if every mom felt as overloaded as she did, she had a revelation. There had to be a way to lean into innovation to build a village and bridge the gap. Today, she is the Founder & CEO of Yohana, an independently led subsidiary of Panasonic that focuses on building consumer technology products and services to help people live healthier and happier lives. She is leveraging the digital environment to make real world connections that help take tasks off a mama’s plate to make more space for what matters most.
Prior to Yohana, Yoky most recently served as a Vice President at Google’s Healthcare organization and before that as the Chief Technology Officer at Nest. She also served as Head of Innovation and Co-founder of Google X, the company’s research and development lab, and held senior executive roles at Apple and Quanttus, a wearable health technology startup.
Before her work in Silicon Valley, Dr. Matsuoka was an endowed professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington. Awarded the MacArthur Genius Award for her work in robotics and neuroscience, she founded YokyWorks Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with physical and learning disabilities. She is a wife, mother to four children, one dog, and a pet pig.