“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 Rina Bovrisse, activist and founder of the Chateau School
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting – The Accidental Activist : From Chanel to Governor of Tokyo? – we’re featuring a quick Q&A with speaker Rina Bovrisse. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us for an insightful discussion next Wednesday, September 12, as Rina […]Published on 9th September 2018
Insider Intel on the Japan Market Expansion Competition
When the opportunity to apply for a Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) scholarship through FEW arose, FEW members Jane Szafraniec (pictured center left) and Nina Cataldo (pictured center) jumped at the opportunity. To understand the full extent of why this was such an amazing space to be in, they’ve shared what JMEC is, their experiences […]Published on 7th September 2018
Event Recap: TELL & FEW Presents The Feminine Eye
On Saturday, August 8th, a group of 11 people interested in learning more about photography gathered at the National Art Center in Roppongi for a women-led photo walk by Selena Hoy, TELL Outreach Coordinator and FEW Community Services Director Tia Haygood, who also is a professional photographer of TopTia Photography.Published on 3rd September 2018
September 2018 Strategic Partner Member Offers & 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 27th August 2018
How I got Here: Kirsten O’Connor
I decided at age 7, quite resolutely that I wanted to be a teacher. All my decisions thereafter created the path to a teaching qualification, a first teaching post in London, a promotion and then the biggest decision of all – to apply for a teaching job overseas. In Japan no less. Accepting a […]Published on 27th August 2018
Masterminding – Supporting your Success
People buy things because they like the story behind the brand. YOUR story is a key element to your success. Join us as we kick-off the fifth season of the FEW Women's Start-Up Club focusing on the overarching theme of shaping Your Business Story.
FEW Fundraiser Event with Strategic Partner Mom in Balance Tokyo
Start your Sunday with an energetic and fun workout in Yoyogi Park hosted by instructors and FEW members Julie Mangen and Tanja Kinnen from Mom in Balance Tokyo.
October 2018 Members Exclusive Wine Night
Join FEW for our twice-yearly members-exclusive wine night, courtesy of our Strategic Partner Oakwood Premier Midtown. Come along, network, and share your stories around a nice glass of wine in the stunning ambiance of the resident's lounge!