Born and raised in Germany with dual German-Swedish citizenship, I always felt as if I did not belong in Germany. At 27, I left Germany and embarked on an adventure that took me to Belgium, Singapore and Egypt. After a rather tough repatriation period in Germany, I came here to Tokyo with my family of five. I’ve moved alone, with my partner, and with kids and each situation has had different challenges and benefits. Each has made me evolve as a person.
For example, quitting my job when we lived in Singapore was a turning point for me. The situation showed me what kind of impact dissatisfaction and frustration can have on your health. Before taking that big step away from employment and stepping into something new and unknown, I faced almost a year of insomnia. The day I quit was the first night I slept through the night again.
Now, I am in the process of getting out there to provide a space where expats, repatriates and people facing another move can feel “at ease,” with yoga, guided talks and wellness information. I believe a place is needed where this group can access a sense of calm, seek support and find balance.
Moving around can leave you feeling lonely, lost and misunderstood. Every move is different and challenging, but we can draw strength and comfort by sharing our experiences with others and by taking time for ourselves so that we feel grounded and strong again. With AtEase, I want to create a place where Yoga and guided talks let expatriates and repatriates feel at ease in body and mind.
FEW has inspired me more and more to go forward and to put my idea into something real. The group of participants is absolutely interesting and very wide-spread in terms of profession, backgrounds and cultures. The meetings and the seminars are always inspiring, uplifting and encouraging.
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
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 […]Published on 10th February 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
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, General Manager, Women's Category, at Nike Japan.
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.
Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism
Get the inside scoop on tourism in Japan as Chiara Terzuolo and Rie Miyoshi, two travel industry experts, discuss how Japan is promoting tourism in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as new business opportunities in the industry and their top picks for Golden Week.
Special Lunch Mixer in Midtown Park
Join us for delicious food and great networking over a picnic in Midtown Park on Thursday, April 20, at a special edition of our monthly midweek lunch gathering.