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!
March 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: The Art of Pricing and Negotiation
On March 29, 2017, the FEW Women’s Start-Up Club covered two crucial topics to successfully grow your business: Pricing and Negotiation. Vanessa Oshima, General Manager, Women’s Category, at Nike Japan, first led an engaging discussion on identifying and developing strategies for successful price setting. Tanja Bach, FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Committee Member, then continued the discussion with insights on successful negotiation […]Published on 4th April 2017
History of FEW Series: Top Highlights from Past CSS Events
By Raena Murakami, Public Relations and Communications Co-Director One of FEW’s flagship events is the biennial FEW Career Strategies Seminar (CSS), a full-day professional development event led by experienced, successful female business leaders and mentors. The event consists of workshops and skill-building sessions to equip participants with the tools necessary to enhance their lives and […]Published on 3rd April 2017
Q&A with Travel Industry Experts Chiara Terzuolo and Rie Miyoshi
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Unveiling Japan: New Themes in Travel & Tourism,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with speakers Chiara Terzuolo of Veltra and Rie Miyoshi of Outdoor Japan. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Here, Chiara reflects on valuing those who […]Published on 1st April 2017
The Way of Tea Recap – An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ceremonies with Ruth (Sōshin) Lionberger
By Tanja Kinnen, FEW Special Events Director The Way of Tea and the chance to gain deeper insights into this mysterious Japanese tradition brought 15 curious women to attend our special event on a sunny Monday afternoon. The national holiday seemed like the perfect opportunity to get to know more about the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Ruth (Sōshin) […]Published on 1st April 2017
Inspiration and Creativity
Each of us has a creative side just waiting to be awoken! Join us as we hear how a panel of creativity-focused women took the leap to turn their creative passions into their life's work.
Mirai No Mori Fundraiser at Toriizaka Art Gallery
Join us for this special fundraiser for our Community Strategic Partner Mirai no Mori at Toriizaka Art Gallery. Hear from the gallery founder, Karen Thomas, and enjoy a tour of the gallery over wine, cheese and delicious food. All proceeds to Mirai no Mori Back to Nature Program.
Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Petit Marché Roppongi
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking on our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Le Petit Marché in Roppongi.