March 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: The Art of Pricing and Negotiation

On March 29, 2017, the FEW Women’s Start-Up Club covered two crucial topics to successfully grow your business: Pricing and Negotiation.  Vanessa Oshima, General Manager, Women’s Category, at Nike Japan, first led an engaging discussion on identifying and developing strategies for successful price setting. Tanja Bach, FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Committee Member, then continued the discussion with insights on successful negotiation […]

Published on 4th April 2017

The Way of Tea Recap – An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremonies with Ruth (Sōshin) Lionberger

By Tanja Kinnen, FEW Special Events Director The Way of Tea and the chance to gain deeper insights into this mysterious Japanese tradition brought 15 curious women to attend our special event on a sunny Monday afternoon. The national holiday seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to know more about the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Ruth (Sōshin) […]

Published on 1st April 2017

March Meeting Recap: The Many Shades of Harassment

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Harassment is not an easy topic to grasp. It can have so many different faces said, Sachi Nakajima on March 9th, the day following International Women’s Day– a day to celebrate our victories, but also to stand together and support each other. Sachi is the founder of Resilience, […]

Published on 28th 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

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

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

November Meeting Recap: From Buffy to the Bloodsucking 2016 Election: The Path to Female Empowerment

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern In the wake of the 2016 American presidential election, we welcomed Fran Rubel Kuzui, a movie director and producer, to our meeting on November 10th to discuss female empowerment. From Tokyo Pop to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ms. Kuzui has paved the way for not just fictional […]

Published on 26th November 2016

Special Event Recap: Be Heard – How to use Strategic Marketing to Stand out Above the Noise with Linda Popky

On Tuesday, November 15, a group of 16 female entrepreneurs gathered for a workshop with Linda Popky to learn more about how to be heard above the noise and work towards a marketing strategy that makes you stand out of the crowd. Linda Popky, founder and president of Leverage2Market Associates, which transforms organizations through powerful […]

Published on 21st November 2016

October 2016 Meeting Recap: Kimono & Modernity

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Our second meeting of the year took place on October 13 where we explored the culture of the kimono with Dr. Sheila Cliffe, kimono specialist and professor at Jumonji University, and Chizuko Takahashi and Tomoko Yoshida of Kimono Tango, a small women-run company that recycles kimono obi […]

Published on 19th October 2016

September 2016 Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: Your Business: Offers, Challenges and Needs

FEW Women’s Startup Club (WSC) “Took Off” for its third year on Wednesday, September 28. We were delighted to welcome Tanja Bach, Carolyn Pieroway and Melanie Uematsu as the new WSC Committee for the 2016-2017 FEW year. Thirty attendees, either already operating a small business or who just have a germ or an idea, met in Hiroo to introduce their […]

Published on 3rd October 2016

RISE – A Workshop with Divya Marie Kato and Sarah Furuya Recap

By Tanja Kinnen, FEW Special Events Director Earlier this month, about 12 members of the FEW community gathered for a special workshop, RISE, with Strategic Partners Divya Marie Kato and Sarah Furuya. The workshop expanded on the RISE activity members worked on during CSS earlier this year. The key question asked, as the dynamic duo Sarah and […]

Published on 27th September 2016

September 2016 Meeting Recap: Inclusion Starts with “I”

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The new FEW year kicked off on September 8th, as members and guests came together for our monthly meeting where we learned what diversity and inclusion can do for us in our workplaces and communities. Our guest speaker was Janelle Sasaki, a third generation Japanese-American who is […]

Published on 27th September 2016

July Meeting Recap: Feng Shui Tips for Business

By Marie Mortreux, Public Relations and Communications Intern FEW’s July meeting was the last before a one-month summer break. The meeting focused on Feng Shui, or fu-sui in Japanse. Our guest speaker was Master of Feng Shui Jodi Brunner, who is based in Nigata where’s also proprietor of a Japanese restaurant with her husband. The meeting was moderated […]

Published on 19th July 2016

June Meeting Recap: Prioritizing People, Planet and Profit Equally

By Marie Mortreux, Public Relations and Communications Intern Our June 2016 meeting focused on contrasting social businesses and traditional businesses. Two successful women were invited to talk about their experiences in both the corporate and social enterprise sectors: Megumi Hagiuda, founder and CEO of AFRIKA ROSE, and Angela Ortiz, CSR Manager at H&M Japan. The panel was […]

Published on 14th June 2016
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