I am founder and CEO of CareFinder (www.carefinder.jp), a bilingual babysitter matching website operated in Japan. I have done a number of things before CareFinder. In my early twenties, I studied fashion and business in London. After realizing that fashion wasn’t for me, I traveled a bit and took the Trans-Siberian Railroad back to Japan. I worked in the corporate world for majority of my career and spent 10 years at Sony. Though I enjoyed working at Sony, I didn’t feel satisfied with what I was doing.
I realized there was a major childcare shortage in Japan when I was trying to have a child while working at Sony. After learning about US babysitting services from my husband, I decided I needed to leave the corporate world and start something similar in Japan. Soon after, I founded CareFinder.
I didn’t know many people outside of Sony and wanted to build my network so, at the urging of a friend, I decided to join FEW. FEW has been inspirational for me. Meeting very motivated women has helped me to tap into my own motivation. Without FEW, I would not have been able to take CareFinder to where it is today.
I was so inspired to contribute to the FEW community, that I joined the FEW board for a couple of years. It was a very enriching experience. I stepped down from the board to focus on CareFinder, but I look forward to being a long-term member of FEW and helping the community flourish.
Q&A with Multiculturalism Experts Anjeli Narandran and Louise George Kittaka
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Multiculturalism through Japan’s Eyes,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with two of our speakers, Anjeli Narandran, International Coordinator at Peace Boat, and Louise George Kittaka, a newspaper columnist, university lecturer and cross-cultural trainer featured in The Japan Times and Savvy Tokyo. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal […]Published on 9th October 2017
September 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Share your Passion and Maintain it through Masterminding
26 attendees defied the rain to join The FEW Women’s Start-up Club‘s kick-off meeting of the 2017-2018 year on September 26, 2017. WSC’s goal is to provide resources, support and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs and those who want to become entrepreneurs. We invite everyone to play an active role as WSC is a “business […]Published on 3rd October 2017
October Strategic Partner 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 3rd October 2017
October Community Services Feature: Tokyo Run for the Cure
By Tia Haygood, Community Services Director The Run for the Cure Foundation is a Tokyo based non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer in Japan as a life-threatening disease through education, timely screening, and treatment. For over a decade, organizers at Run for the Cure have provided community outreach programs and education initiatives to increase […]Published on 3rd October 2017
How I Got Here: Nicola Vote
I first came to Japan over 20 years ago as a one year exchange student to ICU (International Christian University), courtesy of the University of London, my home university. Several of my friends were taking a year off to travel in Europe or USA. I wanted to go somewhere a little more challenging, and Japan […]Published on 2nd October 2017
Disruptive Innovation: Shifts in Technology
Join us on Nov. 9 as we hear from influential serial entrepreneur Emi Takemura on the disruptive innovations driving unprecedented technological and societal change and our roles in developing "technology fluency."
FEW Members Exclusive Wine Night
Join FEW for our twice-yearly members exclusive wine night, courtesy of Oakwood Premier Midtown. Come along, network and share your stories around a nice glass of wine!
Women's Start Up Club: Marketing with a Purpose
Do you run your own business or are you thinking of starting one? Join the FEW WSC on Nov. 29 to learn top insights into marketing your business.
November Midweek Lunch Mixer- Location To Be Announced
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. Location to be announced soon!