How I Got Here: Nicola Vote

nicola1I 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 seemed to fit the bill. I had planned to return to the UK to start my career in the pharmaceutical field, as I was a trained biochemist. But Japan had cast a spell on me and within two years I found myself back in Japan again as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations) on the JET program.

I have been a FEW member several times throughout my years in Japan. The Career Strategies Seminar first attracted me back when I was still figuring out what to do after JET. Once my career trajectory took off, FEW become my go-to place for developing my personal network. Most recently, FEW is now where I turn to give back to the community that has given so much to me. With over 20 years experience of working in corporate and governmental organizations in Japan under my belt, I hope to funnel this experience into my new role on the FEW Board, helping to further develop FEW as the central place to go for personal and professional development in Japan.

I love traveling in Japan, particularly visiting the numerous islands from Rishiri right down to Ishigaki. The remote islands of Chichibu and Hamajima, accessible only by a 24 hour ferry ride, are on the bucket list – hopefully next summer. I have now spent more time in Japan than any of the other countries I have lived in, and have no plans to leave. Just as well – there are still many islands left to visit.


May 2018 FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: The Importance of Cyber Security to Entrepreneurs

In our May Women’s Start-Up Club, Nicola Vote of McAfee shed light on how entrepreneurs can protect their customers and also protect their reputation and business online. And she managed to leave us all well informed, alert yet a bit “scared”, too.   Let’s jump into some definitions and which aspects are important when it […]

Published on 24th June 2018

Special Event Recap – Radical Boundaries Workshop with Sarah Furuya

  FEW’s June Special Event Workshop, took place on June 21st, 2018 at H&R Roppongi and was run by Sarah Furuya, FEW Strategic Partner, long-time member and former president who works as a life & executive coach, facilitator and mentor, supporting particularly women in achieving their goals and realizing their dreams. Her workshop “Radical Boundaries: […]

Published on 24th June 2018

Q&A with Cynthia Usui, author and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Breaking the Mold: Finding New Beginnings at Any Age,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Cynthia Usui, author of 専業主婦が就職するまでにやっておくべき8つのこと (Eight things Full-Time Housewives Should Do Before Entering the Workforce) and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to […]

Published on 7th June 2018

June 2018 Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners and other FEW Community Events 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 […]

Published on 6th June 2018

May 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap: Stronger Together: FEW x FAJ

Who knew that our members had so many hidden talents? The first joint event with FEW and FAJ — the group for French-speaking professional women in Tokyo — on May 15 unveiled quite few surprises as we listened to presentations about their work, projects, lives, experiences and aspirations. Members of both associations are involved in […]

Published on 5th June 2018