I 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.
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.