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How I Got Here: Helen Lewis MA (Oxon)

few-24I teach English to young people in Japan. I help them hold conversations and write in their non-native language more clearly, gracefully and confidently. I hope the skills they practice with me help them engage more deeply with the world.

It sounds so simple, but it has actually taken me a long time to really understand how to do this. When I first came to Japan, I struggled with the intercultural lifestyle and with being a woman living far from her native country. However, when I came to FEW in 2012, I realized what had been missing: community and stimulation. I loved the energy and intelligence of the women I met in my first meeting, and when I was asked to be Special Events Director, I happily accepted.

We’ve all heard the saying, “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.” To that, I say, “Often, who you know IS what you know.”

For two years, I was given the chance to host all kinds of creative events and deepen the knowledge and skills of FEW members and their friends. Almost on a monthly basis, someone came to me and offered to do a workshop. I found that this opportunity to try different things combined with the support of a friendly army of women helped me get my groove back in the world of teaching. The connection between community and stimulation is something that now runs through all areas of my life.

I’ve stepped down from the board to focus on my other love, the Brazilian martial art Capoeira with Bantus Capoeira Japan, and I recently got my instructor’s belt. I hope this will be yet another way to put into practice the creativity and leadership skills gained with this wonderful dynamic group of women. I say a big thank you to FEW and look forward to being an active member for a long time to come.

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March 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: The Art of Pricing and Negotiation

On March 29, 2017, the FEW Women’s Start-Up Club covered two crucial topics to successfully grow your business: Pricing and Negotiation.  Vanessa Oshima, General Manager, Women’s Category, at Nike Japan, first led an engaging discussion on identifying and developing strategies for successful price setting. Tanja Bach, FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Committee Member, then continued the discussion with insights on successful negotiation […]

Published on 4th April 2017

History of FEW Series: Top Highlights from Past CSS Events

By Raena Murakami, Public Relations and Communications Co-Director One of FEW’s flagship events is the biennial FEW Career Strategies Seminar (CSS), a full-day professional development event led by experienced, successful female business leaders and mentors. The event consists of workshops and skill-building sessions to equip participants with the tools necessary to enhance their lives and […]

Published on 3rd April 2017

Q&A with Travel Industry Experts Chiara Terzuolo and Rie Miyoshi

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with speakers Chiara Terzuolo of Veltra and Rie Miyoshi of Outdoor Japan. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Here, Chiara reflects on valuing those who […]

Published on 1st April 2017

The Way of Tea Recap – An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremonies with Ruth (Sōshin) Lionberger

By Tanja Kinnen, FEW Special Events Director The Way of Tea and the chance to gain deeper insights into this mysterious Japanese tradition brought 15 curious women to attend our special event on a sunny Monday afternoon. The national holiday seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to know more about the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Ruth (Sōshin) […]

Published on 1st April 2017

How I Got Here: Tanja Bach

Ever been asked “What do you do?” My answer: “I empower people to become the best version of themselves.” As a coach and facilitator, I am lucky to do what I love by enabling leaders, teams, entrepreneurs and anyone with a dream to realize their potential and be the best version of themselves. I like […]

Published on 1st April 2017