FEW 20th Career Strategies Seminar Speakers

FEW 20th Career Strategies Seminar – Speakers & Facilitators
AMPLIFY – Elevate Your Career to New Heights

Annie Chang

Annie Chang – President & Founder, AC Global Solutions / Founder, Women in Technology Japan
Annie Chang is an advocate for women’s participation in the science & technology fields in Japan & Asia.Originally from Taiwan, she has worked for over 20 years bringing women into the field and empowering women into leaders of innovation in Japan.In 2013, she founded Women in Technology Japan (WITJ) to further promote women in a time when women’s participation in the workforce is pivotal to Japan’s national economic agenda.

In 2017, she also became President of Female Founders, Japan Chapter to help encourage and empower women into entrepreneurship.

Sarah Furuya – Executive Coach, Life Coach & Facilitator

Sarah Furuya is an executive coach, life coach and facilitator. She is both creative and corporate, uses her background in psychology,  and incorporates her experience of 12 years of consulting and working with business people in Japan, Asia and UK. She has a passion for style and is curious about doing things differently and stylish people who do things differently.  She helps Clever Rebels and Curious Corporates with personal or organizational changes and challenges.

Sarah holds a BSc in Psychology and Biology and is a certified practitioner in Saville Wave, Insights Discovery and Lumina Psychometrics and specializes in Mindmapping. A long-time member and supporter of FEW, including a stint as president, Sarah knows the FEW community well, knows how to help and is ready to listen to your story.

Elizabeth Handover

Elizabeth Handover – Partner & President, Lumina Learning Japan
Elizabeth Handover is the Lumina Learning Japan Partner and President. An extensive career in theatre performance, teaching, and learning & development underpins her expertise in teambuilding, leadership and organizational change. As the Lumina Learning Asia Head of Faculty, Elizabeth also certifies professional trainers and coaches to facilitate the Lumina Learning portfolio of innovative leadership, team and personal development profiles.

Elizabeth is passionate about fostering inclusive leadership and supporting career development skills for women. She designs and facilitates interactive leadership programmes which transform self-limiting attitudes into forward thinking inclusive leadership behaviours. Applying specialist theatre techniques, she fosters confidence in personal strengths, authentic leadership style, presence, and most essentially, greater career ambition.

British Business Awards 2014 Winner of Entrepreneur of The Year, Elizabeth is Vice-Chair of the ACCJ Women In Business Committee, Consultant to the U.S.-Japan Council Tomodachi MetLife Women’s Leadership Programme and Hilton JKM Women’s Leadership Conference Executive Partner.

Chiaya Hasegawa – Consultant IT Division, enworld Japan
chiaya-hasegawa-croppedChiaya Hasegawa was born in Peru and spent her kindergarten years in Japan, subsequently immigrated with her family to Mexico. During her high school years, she spent time in Florida where she learned English. After graduating from university, she worked as a Junior Certified Public Accountant at KPMG AZSA LLC. Following that, she traveled around the world and spent time in Guatemala/Mexico studying Spanish.

She joined en world Japan in 2014, where she is currently a member of the IT team and has connections with a number of professionals including software engineers, business analysts, IT project managers, data analysts, data scientists, IT planners, help desk, and IT infrastructure engineers, etc. Chiaya will use her knowledge and experience cultivated up to this point in helping you to secure a quality career.

Tia Haygood – Founder, TopTiatia (2)
Tia Haygood is a photographic entrepreneur living in Tokyo, Japan. She enjoys photographing the urban characteristics of Tokyo and travels around Japan, tasting its many unique local foods. She received her first camera at the age of 13 and gradually became familiar with photography afterwards.

Her goal is to help businesses and artists enhance their brand visually with excellent photos. Japanese and non-Japanese clients can utilize her three main forms of photography: Portrait Photography,  Event Photography and Food Photography


Maya Ileto

Maya Ileto – Certified GYROKINESIS® Trainer

Maya Ileto (https://mayamoves.com/) is a certified GYROKINESIS® trainer based in Tokyo, where she has lived for 15 years. She conducts bilingual classes at Studio Natural Flow, Gold’s Gym, Under The Light (Japan’s biggest yoga school) and Tleubaev Ballet School, with students from all walks of life, including accomplished athletes, fitness enthusiasts, senior citizens, yoga teachers and budding ballerinas.

Originally developed to help dancers recover from injury, the GYROKINESIS® method is a wonderful and gentle way to bring strength, stability and grace to everyday movements. In this introductory session, which will be conducted entirely while sitting on chairs, we will mobilize the spine through a series of arching, curling, bending, twisting and spiraling movements. Focus on the breath will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in a sense of calm, wellbeing and mental clarity

Learn more about GYROKINESIS® exercisehttps://mayamoves.com/portfolio/method/

GYROKINESIS® is a registered trademark of GYROTONIC® Sales Corp and is used with their permission.


Teruhiko Kinooka  – Account Director of Telecom and Technology Solutions at NCR Japan Ltd.

Teru KinookaTeru is a sales account director at NCR Japan.   He was born and brought up in Japan, studied Computer Science in Canada, and has gained extensive experience in international roles in Japan and Europe over the last 20 years. He started his career at Japan Telecom, where he was assigned as EMEA regional director and stationed in UK for 6 years, before moving on to other international companies.  He has been working in the telecommunication industry throughout his career.

Teru is married with two children aged 11 and 2. His wife set up her own company when they had their second child, and he supports her career as well as working on his own.

Akiko Marusawa

Akiko Marusawa  – HR Director, CBRE Japan

Akiko Marusawa holds a BA in Social Psychology from University of Tokyo, HR professional with 20 years of experience both in Japan and Overseas (Belgium & Singapore) for multinationals.

She has a 9 year old sun and is currently living with her family in Tokorozawa, Japan.


Noriko Kishida

Noriko Kishida – Mediator & Chief Researcher, Cross Marketing Inc.
Noriko Kishida completed both introductory and practicum mediation training courses run by the Executive Director of the New York Peace Institute, and is continuing both her studies and practice in conflict mediation. She is a chief researcher in a market research company and research methodologist at Cross Marketing Inc. Cross Lab http://global.cross-m.co.jp/ 


Kate Neath

Kate Neath – Founder Tokyo Urban Baby / CRM Manager, Rakuten, Inc.
Australian Kate Neath has over 15 years extensive experience working and living in Japan. Her thoughtful and welcoming approach to Japan’s language, customs and culture has seen her be sort by Japanese and International businesses and as a presenter on NHK, Japan’s leading television network.

In 2011, with the birth of her first child, Kate aspired to fill a gap in shared knowledge of living and getting around Tokyo with a baby, when she established her website, Tokyo Urban Baby. Immediately breaking down barriers with her relaxed, fun and easy going nature, she filled her readers with the confidence and insight needed to not only navigate their way around one of the busiest cities in the world with their bundle of joy, but to make it an exciting and memorable experience for all to cherish.

Kate currently manages her two websites tokyourbanbaby.com and kateneath.com, while also working full-time as an Assistant Manager at the Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten in Tokyo, and looking after her two children aged 6 and 3 years old.

Momoko Ozawa

Momoko Ozawa –Trainer,  Lumina Learning Japan
Momoko Ozawa is an Account Manager at Lumina Learning Japan where she works hand-in-hand with clients to understand their needs to find the perfect training solution as well as custom-design training programmes to fit each organization. Before joining Lumina Learning Japan, she worked at Everest International School as an administrator and PR which is where she found her interest in human development.

There she worked with institutes such as the Nepalese Embassy, media, corporations,and local Japanese schools to be a bridge between the Nepalese community in Japan and Japanese society.

Momoko has an MA from Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies and a BA in Sustainable Society from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Outside of work, two things she is interested in trying this year are taking ceramic painting class and Japanese incense class. She is passionate about personal development and connecting people to make awesome things happen.

RIya Rapp

Riya Rapp – Head of Talent, The Carter Group
Riya is a connector who enjoys strategically sourcing for key positions in market research.  As a dual US-Japanese national with extensive local and international contacts she uses her communications skills to cross cultures and act as a “Nakoudo” or matchmaker to build relationships with clients and candidates. She is skilled in sales, training, management and facilitating others to attain new goals. Originally, a native of the Big Apple, Riya has lived in New York, Tokyo and Sydney, but likes to think of herself as a “Have Bag Will Travel” citizen of the world.

Betsy Rogers – Assistant Program Director, JMEC

Betsy Rogers_2018For the past five years Betsy Rogers has been working for JMEC, Japan Market Expansion Competition, a business training program that gives participants the opportunity to write a business plan for an actual company.  She enjoys working with the diversity of people she connects with through her work and watching JMEC participants grow personally and professionally through this program.
Betsy holds a BA in Asian Studies and MA in International Relations and Comparative Policy.  In her spare time she looks after her 4 children that she has raised bi-lingually and who attend a smattering of schools in the Tokyo area and abroad.

Sarajean Rossitto

Sarajean Rossitto – Mediator & Non-Profit NGO Consultant
Sarajean is a Tokyo-based consultant providing coordination, facilitation, capacity development and advisory services for institutions such as such as JICA, Japan PlatForm, the Give2Asia Foundation, the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention, the Center for Global Partnership, Morgan Stanley, Sophia University and others seeking to gain strategic advantage while better meeting community needs and promoting more effective civic engagement. She studied human rights in East Asia at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, earned a certificate in Disaster Management through UN University and more recently completed conflict mediation courses through Hitotsubashi University and the New York Peace Institute.

Jennifer Shinkai

Jennifer Shinkai – Executive Coach
Originally from the UK, Jennifer holds an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University.

With almost twenty years experience in Japan, she has held a variety of management roles across Learning and Development, Marketing, Sales Operations and Sales. Jennifer is a driver of change supporting her previous organisation’s development from a 25-person privately-owned Tokyo office to an 800 person listed company connecting great people to great companies across seven countries in Asia-Pacific. Her hands on experience in change management and communications for a cross cultural team gives her a unique insight in how to operate effectively as a professional in Japan.

Jennifer is known for her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to continuous improvement for both processes and people. She is passionate about developing women’s participation in the workforce and founded and runs a monthly LeanIn Circle for foreign working mothers in management roles in September 2014. She launched the online circle LeanIn Japan Entrepreneurs in June 2016 to build a support network for female entrepreneurs. She was a speaker at the FEW Japan 2016 Careers Strategies Seminar

She delivers communication skills training and cross cultural training for Canning Professional and Japan Intercultural Consulting. Jennifer Shinkai is a member of the International Coach Federation, Japan Chapter.https://www.credential.net/embed/v9aey39r.

Keiko Suzuki

Keiko Suzuki – President, FOOTSTEPS
President of FOOTSTEPS www.footsteps.jp :Organizational Development and Global HR management consultant, Executive Coach, Co-Chair of HR Management Committee & Women Leadership Committee Member of ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce in Japan) (2012-2916), Int’l Ombudsman Association (IOA) member, Lecturer at Kumamoto University Graduate School, Conflict Management & Mediation Dept.


Yumiko Takeda

Yumiko Takeda – Trainer, Dale Carnagie Japan

Yumiko has worked in multi-national companies including Mattel, Warner Brothers, Fossil, and Safilo as Brand Manager in early years, then Sales Director, and Commercial Director. From 2014 to 2016, Yumiko worked in Safilo Regional office as expatriate in Hong Kong. As part of her responsibilities, Yumiko conducted training and executive coaching in Safilo’s Asia Pac subsidiaries. Returning to Tokyo, in 2016, Yumiko has founded a company specializing in Marketing consulting and business training.

Yumiko has worked for clients in the following curriculum areas: Senior Leadership/ Management, Coaching, Strategy planning, Sales, Marketing, Time Management, Communication, Human Relations, Team Building, and Customer service, Stress Management. From Executive leadership, managers to new grads, Yumiko has training experience in wide range of groups of people.


Edvard Vondra – Executive Coach
Edvard has served over 2,000 professionals, managers, consultants, and entrepreneurs worldwide on their businesses with workshops, seminars and one of one session. He shared the stages with top speakers like Kane Minkus (internationally know business coach founder of Industry Rockstar). Edvard also founded and built three different businesses and took MBA in No.1 business school in Japan.

Using a combination of proprietary models in business, neuro linguistics, executive leadership tools, tools how to build positive relationship with customers and stakeholders and how to deal with social pressure and gender stereotypes, Edvard provide a unique approach to accelerating one’s business, practice and personal brand in the marketplace. His overall mission is to share and enrich the female entrepreneurial community and support unexpected results and sustainable change in their life and organizations. Edvard ensure targeted presentations and events that focus on creating behavioral shifts while having fun.