“I wish I could be a part of such an energizing community!”
I first learned about FEW when they held a special event at my work place, H&R Roppongi, and that was my first impression.
I was born and raised in Saitama, Japan, but I chose to go to university in the United States, hoping to broaden my horizons and to become a globally-minded business person. After my graduation from the university, I started my career at Shimada Group.
At Shimada Group, I worked in sales in the development department for one year and then had the opportunity to work on a project in Hawaii for 3 months. After that, I started with a new shared house business as a project leader and worked in the property management department for four years. I now have 2 children and have been working as a manager in the serviced apartment division of H&R Roppongi since I came back from my first maternity leave.
Recently, I realized that even though I enjoy my work life very much, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with being a manager. When I was struggling with work/life balance after coming back from my second maternity leave, a colleague encouraged me to join the FEW monthly meetings.
Based on my first impressions of FEW, I thought everyone looked so cool that I couldn’t imagine joining the community. I felt like it was beyond my reach. Regardless of my nervousness, I went to the monthly meeting. I’m so glad I did! FEW members were much more friendly and inspiring than I had expected.
Meeting and talking to members who run their own business or who are empowering leaders gave me the confidence to seek my own career even while raising children. Now I feel being an empowered woman is not just what I wish to be, it is what I am certain I can become. All I needed was a little encouragement from others and FEW gave exactly the support I was looking for.
I look forward to more involvement with FEW, staying connected more deeply with inspiring members, and finding myself more motivated.
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!