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.
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.
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
The Many Shades of Harassment
With March honoring International Women’s Day, our March meeting will focus on recognizing signs of harassment and abuse. Sachi Nakajima, founder of Resilience, a NPO supporting victims of harassment and abuse in Japan, will share her perspective and raise awareness of this important issue.
The Way of Tea: Tea Ceremony with Ruth (Sōshin) Lionberger
Learn about the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, its deep cultural meaning, and its meaning for women's empowerment at this talk and demonstration led by Ruth (Sōshin) Lionberger.
The Art of Pricing and Negotiation
Join us for the fourth Women’s Start-Up Club meeting on Wednesday, March 29th, where we’ll learn about the "art of pricing and negotiation" in an interactive workshop featuring Vanessa Oshima, global women’s brand manager at Nike.
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché
Join us for delicious food and great networking on Thursday, March 30 for our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi.
Dream, Girl - Movie Night with FEW and Mums in Business
Join FEW and Mums in Business for this special screening of Dream, Girls, which tells the stories of amazing female entrepreneurs inspiring the next generation of leaders. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with women entrepreneurs in Tokyo. Don't miss this screening, the first in Tokyo!