Growing up with itchy feet in a tiny village in eastern Germany I always hoped I will travel the world and live in lots of different places. My international journey started when I decided to move to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 23 to learn English. Fast forward 20 years and I have added London, Auckland, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo to the list. I met my husband, who is from New Zealand, in London and we are on this exciting journey together.
My professional background is banking/finance, but because we keep moving I had the chance to reinvent myself many times. I have worked for a hedge fund company, been a translator, a writer, an accountant and an Executive Director of a foreign Chamber of Commerce just to name a few.
All along the desire to start my own business kept growing and I mulled over my ideas for quite a while before taking the step out into the spotlight.
I joined FEW not long after I arrived in Tokyo and I have never looked back. Meeting creative and entrepreneurial women from all corners of the globe gave me the confidence to start my own venture.
Turquoise Port is a combination of my love of travel and interior design. I import home decor, art and accessories from a number of southeast Asian countries as well as India. All of my products are handmade, in quite a few cases I know the artisan personally. Having lived in Thailand and Malaysia I came to appreciate artisanal craftsmanship. I focus on products with modern designs made using traditional methods.
Whilst being an entrepreneur, especially in a country where I don’t speak the language, is hard work, it is not impossible. Turquoise Port will soon be one year old and I am loving every single minute of my journey.
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July 2018 Member Offers and Other News
Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners and other FEW Community Events here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also […]Published on 5th July 2018
Recap – Career Strategies Seminar 2018 – AMPLIFY
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June 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap – Breaking the Mold: Finding New Beginnings at Any Age
By Jackie Steele, FEW Co-Programs Director On June 20 we were delighted to welcome Cynthia Usui, author of 専業主婦が就職するまでにやっておくべき8つのこと (Eight things Full-Time Housewives Should Do Before Entering the Workforce) and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, as our guest speaker at the June Monthly meeting entitled, “Breaking the Mold: Finding New Beginnings […]Published on 3rd July 2018
May 2018 FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: The Importance of Cyber Security to Entrepreneurs
In our May Women’s Start-Up Club, Nicola Vote of McAfee shed light on how entrepreneurs can protect their customers and also protect their reputation and business online. And she managed to leave us all well informed, alert yet a bit “scared”, too. Let’s jump into some definitions and which aspects are important when it […]Published on 24th June 2018
FEW Summer Weekend Brunch Mixer
Join us for delicious food and great networking over weekend Japanese-style brunch at Shibuya's Trunk Kitchen before our summer break.