How I Got Here: Tia Haygood

If you were to tell me that I would be an entrepreneur in a country 11,000 kilometers from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, I would have laughed. Yet here I am running my own business, TopTia Photography. I officially moved to Japan in 2011 as an English teacher, biding my time before graduate school. […]

Published on 1st March 2017

History of FEW Series: Illustrating Women in the Workplace

In celebrating 35 years of empowering women in Japan, FEW has been looking back on our unique collection of FEW historical items and information. One of our favorites is the FEW 20th Anniversary Newspaper, which highlights the early years of our organization. This newspaper is full of great mentions, interviews and historical anecdotes, all of […]

Published on 1st March 2017

February Meeting Recap: Lean In: Japanese Women

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern On February 9th, FEW members and guests leaned in to listen to our guest speaker, Rena Suzuki, co-founder and leader of Lean In Tokyo. Lean In is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions. Lean In Tokyo helps women gain confidence and take an active […]

Published on 1st March 2017

February 2017: Welcoming our new FEW Members

This month, we are proud to welcome five new members to the FEW community! Our members hail from all over the world and have diverse and unique experiences to share with FEW. As the go-to place for personal and professional learning and connection, we’re constantly inspired by our members. If you’re interested in FEW membership, click here for […]

Published on 10th February 2017

Q&A with Rena Suzuki, Co-founder and Leader of Lean In Tokyo

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Leaning In’ in the workplace, we’re featuring a Q&A with speaker Rena Suzuki, Co-founder and Leader of Lean In Tokyo. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Here, Rena reflects on following her passion, the power of connection, […]

Published on 6th February 2017

History of FEW Series: Past FEW Speakers

For the second part of our History of FEW series, we’re taking a look back at past speakers at FEW. We’ve highlighted just a handful of the many impressive leaders that have shared their insights and experiences with the FEW community. These speakers are from the years leading up to 1998, and we’ll be featuring […]

Published on 1st February 2017

How I Got Here: Philomena Keet

It’s not without a sense of irony that I find myself settled in Tokyo with my Japanese husband and two children, writing about Japan for a living and wondering when we will ever make it back to England. My first love affair with a country as a schoolgirl was in fact with Japan’s fractious neighbor […]

Published on 1st February 2017

January 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Get Branded!

On Wednesday, January 25, Risa Sasaki of Yoroshiku Fantastic, KK introduced the FEW Women’s Start-Up Club to the world of branding. A successful brand gives a strong first impression of a company’s unique offerings, personality and values. Risa shared her experience in starting her own business, along with her expertise on building a memorable brand that represents you, […]

Published on 31st January 2017

January Meeting Recap: Real Health Talk for Real Women with Katheryn Gronauer

By Jodi Harris, Public Relations and Communications Co-Director As 2017 gets underway, we were pleased to welcome health coach Katheryn Gronauer for a new and interesting perspective on the food we eat. A lifelong yo-yo dieter who struggled with weight and body image, Katheryn started by inviting us to connect with her own experience. She […]

Published on 20th January 2017

2017 Global Summit of Women: Beyond Womenomics – Accelerating Access

Join 1,000 women leaders in business and government from around the globe at the leading forum for women impacting the global economy since 1990. FEW is excited to support the 2017 Global Summit of Women, taking place in Tokyo, Japan on May 11-13, 2017 at the Grand Prince New Takanawa Hotel, Shinagawa. Bringing together women leaders from every corner of the world, the 2017 […]

Published on 19th January 2017

History of FEW Series: The Founding of FEW

In honor of the 35th anniversary of FEW last year, we are featuring highlights of major milestones in FEW’s history. We’re kicking off this month with the founding of FEW in 1981 and how the organization has grown over the years into a community for internationally-minded women in Tokyo to learn, connect, and achieve their […]

Published on 2nd January 2017

November 2016 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Business Plans: Why They Are Essential

On Wednesday, November 30,  the FEW Women’s Start-Up Club welcomed entrepreneur Joanne Wilkinson to share her insights on business plans and why every startup should have one. Here are the key takeaways on the advantages of having a business plan and how to create one that will help your business. What is a Business Plan? A business plan is a decision making tool […]

Published on 1st January 2017

How I Got Here: Megumi Moss

I am founder and CEO of CareFinder (www.carefinder.jp), a bilingual babysitter matching website operated in Japan. I have done a number of things before CareFinder. In my early twenties, I studied fashion and business in London. After realizing that fashion wasn’t for me, I traveled a bit and took the Trans-Siberian Railroad back to Japan. […]

Published on 1st January 2017