Kei Watanabe


Based in our Tokyo office, Kei brings her passion for ideation to the social media and content creation work she does for clients in her role as Associate.

Kei Watanabe

I always try to remember that I’m doing what I love. Reminding myself makes a huge difference in how fulfilled I feel in my day-to-day work.


When did you start working at Weber Shandwick?

I started out as an intern in December 2019, and became an Associate in Client Experience the following April.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen happen inside the Weber Shandwick offices?

The shared, global, collaborative culture of the agency. When our team reached out to offices abroad for a project, I was in awe with how seamless the process was for getting guidance.

In five words or less, how would you describe your Weber Shandwick colleagues?

Encouraging, compassionate, efficient, smart and open-minded.

If you weren’t working in this industry, what would you want to do?

I would probably want to be a psychiatrist. I love thinking about why people think or behave in the way they do. I was actually going to pursue that career path until I took a digital marketing course and got really into the world of communications.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?

“It’s just a job.” It helps me take a step back from stressful situations -- to take a deep breath and see the bigger picture.


Coffee or Tea?

Coffee during work and chai tea whenever else.

Pizza or tacos?

Tacos, but preferably burrito.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs, but for some reason I tend to attract cats more often than dogs.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Tokyo?

There are loads of options in the city, but maybe the Thai food restaurant near my house. Talking with people who work in a small, yet warm and welcoming family-owned restaurant makes a meal just that much better.

What’s your favorite way to unwind in your free time?

Surf. I can feel my stress level go down by just being in the ocean.

What is your most-used app on your phone?

I seem to be on Instagram the most. Working in social media, it’s definitely a source of inspiration.

Where would you love to travel in the world to gain inspiration?

I would go to Bali. Just being in the ocean would be great for clearing my mind. And after being in a big city like Tokyo, it would be refreshing to see how open and enthusiastic people are to talk to you and get to know you.

Do you do any charity or volunteer work?

I participate in monthly beach clean-ups and pick up trash during and after surfing. Seeing the pollution firsthand, I’ve become more aware of how urgent this problem is.