“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 tailor Melanie Uematsu
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with our speaker, tailor Melanie Uematsu. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Hear about women’s love-hate relationship with the fashion industry, why one style doesn’t fit all, and how […]Published on 28th June 2017
June Meeting Recap: A Personal Journey: Japan’s War Brides
By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Members and guests alike joined FEW’s monthly meeting on June 8th to hear the story of Japanese war brides, a story often overlooked and untold. We welcomed Lucy Craft, a filmmaker and former FEW member in the 80s, to reveal their hidden stories. As a daughter of […]Published on 28th June 2017
May 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Location Independent
The FEW Women’s Start-Up Club (WSC) attracted its largest audience on May 31, 2017, with three panelists sharing how their online-based businesses are succeeding, independent of location. Below are summaries of their presentations. Be sure to check out their sites for more inspiration! The next WSC event is “Mentoring and Networking” on Thursday, June 29. […]Published on 22nd June 2017
FEW Community 2017 Survey – We’d like to hear from you!
FEW has launched its biennial FEW Community 2017 Survey, and we invite all FEW members and friends to take part! The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By sharing your feedback, comments and suggestions on FEW programs and events as well as your past and future experiences with FEW, you will help us ensure that we continue to meet our […]Published on 20th June 2017
Event Recap: Mirai no Mori Back to Nature Outdoor Cooking Program
FEW members and friends spent a fantastic day as volunteers at Mirai no Mori’s Back to Nature Program on June 10th. On the outskirts of Tokyo, in beautiful and green Mitake, we met with the staff and volunteer teams of Mirai no Mori and a Saitama children’s home to support a program designed to empower […]Published on 16th June 2017
All Levels Yoga Class by FURLA Yoga
Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon yoga session and get energized for the week ahead! Noriko from FURLA Yoga, a FEW Strategic Partner, will teach a hatha yoga class in English for all levels.
FEW & Mirai no Mori Concert for a Cause
We invite all music lovers to join us for a special concert at 2ND HALF in Takadanobaba and enjoy a fun evening filled with great music for a great cause-- supporting FEW Community Services Strategic Partner Mirai no Mori's Back to Nature Program!
One Size Doesn't Fit All
Join us for the last meeting of the current FEW year as we hear from Melanie Uematsu, a tailor, on women’s love-hate relationship with the fashion industry, why one style doesn’t fit all, and how we can solve this issue as individual consumers.