How I Got Here: Mary Fidler

mary-fidlerI still remember my first experience with FEW. As a longterm resident of Japan, I’d had to say goodbye to many good friends over the years as they moved on to other places or returned home. I had also just quit my 9 to 5 job to pursue a creative career in jewelry design. The combination of big changes had left me without community, but not for long.

In 2006, I attended the FEW Career Strategies Seminar. I was so energized by that event, I decided right then and there to join the group and soon after, I joined the board as Special Events Director. FEW connected me to a whole cadre of inspiring people. If you lean toward introversion, like me, getting actively involved is a sure way to be more comfortable in an organization.

Last year, I met one of the women featured in the fashion blog, Advanced Style. In Tziporah Salamon, I witnessed a woman who completely and utterly followed her passion and she helped me realize that although I love style and fashion, I wasn’t living up to my own creative self-expression. This ah-ha moment ignited my desire to reinvent myself and help others in the same way.

Now I’m helping others build confidence in this area of life. Some of us hate to shop, some of have a million things in our closet but nothing to wear, some of us are at a stage in our lives where we want more of a signature look. We want to wear something that makes us look good AND feel good. I want to help tackle these style challenges!

So, after some time away, I’ve come back to FEW for the learning and connection as I start on another new adventure.

If you have any interest in style, fashion, art and aesthetics, you can learn more about Mary Fidler here.


Q&A with Jackie F. Steele and Megumi Ishimoto

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, and Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us […]

Published on 14th March 2018

March Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners 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 provide professional and personal services […]

Published on 1st March 2018

February Meeting Recap: Survivor – How to Overcome Adversity

You never know where life is going to take you. That was the message from our February guest speaker, Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa, who has had a decades-long career as a fashion stylist, make-up artist, and fashion show director in New York and Japan. She shared her personal experiences dealing with bi-polar disorder and gave her candid advice to […]

Published on 1st March 2018

March Community Services Feature: Five Tokyo-Based Organizations That Fight For or Empower Women

In honor of March’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to present to our FEW community a list of five organizations that have established themselves as organizations who fight for or empower women as well as a list of five events that you can attend to show your support for this year’s theme of #PressFor Progress. […]

Published on 28th February 2018

How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen

I first came to Japan as a study abroad exchange student. That year changed my life, even though at first I didn’t know it would. I was supposed to become a journalist in Finland, since that was what I loved to do – looking for information, interviewing people, writing articles about unique encounters you have. […]

Published on 28th February 2018