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 to think of it as giving them the mental “kick” they need to propel themselves to success. After 10 years of freelancing, I officially registered my own business in January 2017, “Contents Bridge,” which specializes in leadership training, psychometric assessments and coaching.
FEW has been an important part of my journey here in Japan. Since moving here, I crossed paths with FEW twice with very different purposes and outcomes. The first time was in 1999, when I was new in town, looking to find some friends. However, as work got busy, I took a break from FEW that unintentionally lasted for almost 15 years. Fortunately, the friendships endured that break and in 2015, I was approached by the FEW Board to be a speaker at the FEW Career Strategy Seminar (CSS).
In summer 2016, by the twist of fate, I ended up being a committee member of the Women’s Start-up Club. This activity goes straight to the heart of my passion to empower entrepreneurs with encouragement and practical, hands-on tips on how to be successful.
I feel fortunate to have met and benefited from the knowledge and energy of amazing female entrepreneurs at different spectrums of their start-up journeys and am able to connect to a variety of inspirational speakers. Not only has this helped me to grow as an entrepreneur myself, but the connections and network have provided business opportunities that I otherwise would have not come across.
For all of this I owe FEW, the WSC and all of those that participate a big thank you!
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
FEW Spring Hanami Picnic & Party
Join FEW on Sunday, April 1, at Shinjuku Gyoen for a special family-friendly spring picnic celebration under the cherry blossom trees and enjoy connecting with friends, old and new!