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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 full details on membership and benefits or contact Membership Director, Jane Szafraniec, at membership@fewjapan.com.

February 2017: New FEW Members

Lee Yen Anderson is the founder of The Scentsible Tribe and uses nutrition, yoga and essential oils to spread her knowledge of tools to thrive and keys to resilience. When she is not traveling, immersed in her photography or busy raising her two boys, she teaches health and wellness classes in Tokyo. Check out the Essential Oil Events in Tokyo Facebook page for her classes!

Katheryn Gronauer moved from Florida to Tokyo on a whim in 2009 when she found out she could study at Sophia University for 4 years instead of doing a 1 year exchange program from a U.S. university. Now, she works as a health coach teaching food energetics to women who know a lot of diet info but are stuck making it work. She loves trying out new restaurants, yoga, and salsa dancing!

Mariel Lozano is an architect and designer born in Mexico. She traveled to Tokyo in 2013 for a few months but decided to stay indefinitely. She works as a freelance interior designer and branding developer mainly for clients in Mexico and Japan that are starting their own business. She joined FEW after a friend suggested to come to a monthly meeting!

Peta Ruiter is originally from Brisbane Australia, but left over 10 years ago. She moved to Japan in 2014, living in Nagoya before moving to Tokyo. She has worked for Hilton Worldwide for the past 12 years and has worked in New Zealand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan! Her hobbies include music and traveling.

Sia Wei Wei is a single mumpreneur from Malaysia, with a passion for coaching, green business and social enterprise. For 17 years, she enjoyed a corporate job that provided all the trappings of an affluent lifestyle. She then decided to step out of that comfort zone and take a plunge into entrepreneurship. She created a company dedicated to providing products that promote health and wellness.

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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

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

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