In my life, I’ve experience five personal ‘tsunamis’ that threatened to leave me broken, but instead gave me strength and led to the creation of the Find Your Element Workshop, a 12 week creative evening program that takes participants on a step by step journey of self-awareness and exploration.
I was 24 when the first tsunami occurred: my 14-year-old sister came to live with me after my parents’ divorce. The second tsunami happened at age 27, when I bought the modeling agency my sisters and I worked for, but had overpaid. The third tsunami occurred when I had to take care of my mom who developed atypical Alzheimer’s in her late 40s, in addition to caring for my son, my company, and my husband.
The fourth tsunami was my first divorce, when my husband dealt with money issues with his business, and the fifth tsunami occurred when I was divorced for the second time, having retired from running my modeling agency at my husband’s request and dealt with unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization. At that time, I felt so torn apart, and experienced dark, painful thoughts.
But I gained strength from these tsunamis in my life (and then some!), out of which the Find Your Element (FYE) Workshop was born. During these 12-week, bi-seasonal workshops, experts from various fields furnish participants with useful life tools to discover their very own Elements and learn ways to maximize their potential.
I also found my own Element as a Connector thanks to these experiences and the empowering women I met through FEW. FEW is also where I first met women asking for English meditation and other services offered in our workshops. I am so grateful for everything that happened and all the amazing cheerleaders who support this precious organization for the English-speaking community. Now, everything I do is related to Find Your Element, which is so rewarding and therapeutic. I’ve learned that there is nothing we cannot achieve in life– we just have to learn how
Learn more about Find Your Element Workshops HERE
November Monthly Meeting Recap – Leading the Way for Strong Women in the Corporate World
The FEW November Monthly Meeting was a collaborative event organized together with ADIDAS at their headquarters in Roppongi. FEW president Riya Rapp was one of the night’s panelists, along with ReebokONE Ambassador and fitness entrepreneur Erika Yamaguchi, and President of Johnson & Johnson K.K. Mario Stein. FEW programs co-director Jackie Steele moderated the panel.Published on 4th December 2018
December 2018 Sponsor Offers & Member News
Check out the latest offers and opportunities from our Sponsors and other FEW Community Events here! Our Sponsors are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about all of FEW’s Sponsors, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services benefiting […]Published on 1st December 2018
Sponsor Spotlight: eCornell
Professional Development from Cornell University Women’s contribution to the economy, in general, has never been put into a greater focus until recently. According to a report of McKinsey Global Institute featured in a news article by CNN, it estimates that economies in the Asia-Pacific region could boost their collective GDP by $4.5 trillion by 2025 […]Published on 1st November 2018
November 2018 Sponsor Offers & Member News
Check out the latest offers and opportunities from our Sponsors and other FEW Community Events here! Our Sponsors are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about all of FEW’s Sponsors, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services benefiting […]Published on 1st November 2018
Upcoming Fall 2018 Community Service Events
With the changing of the leaves comes many opportunities to support various NGOs and their efforts. Take a look at the events below and reach out to the organizations through the contact information provided if you’re interested in lending a helping hand! The Big Draw Festival 2018 The world’s largest cross-cultural drawing festival, led by […]Published on 15th October 2018