On Saturday, June 2nd, FEW hosted its 20th Career Strategies Seminar around the theme, “AMPLIFY – Elevate Your Career to New Heights” at DMM.com headquarters in Roppongi. The seminar was attended by more then 60 women – both FEW members and guests – as well as over 20 facilitators whom are business owners, coaches, and leaders in various fields. With three main blocks throughout the day for workshops, the day was filled with new informative sessions to empower women to advance their careers and businesses to the next level.
The day-long seminar began with a colorful workshop by Lumina Learning, Know Yourself: The First Step to Develop Your Personal Brand, which allowed attendees to discover their own strengths and personality traits through Lumina Splash, an App that brings each individual’s traits to life in a vivid way.
The following Networking Bingo helped attendees let loose and connect with others at CSS before breaking out for the first set of sessions.
Attendees could choose one of three session for each of the three blocks – one in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon.
The morning sessions included:
- Mentors as Aid for Progressing Your Career & Business with Edvard Vondra
- Resume Writing & Online Presences with Annie Chang
- Transition got a New Beginning with Keiko Suzuki
This was followed by lunch and time to socialize before kicking off the afternoon with an active movement session led by GYROKINESIS® trainer, Maya Ileto. This gentle exercise got our blood flowing, relaxed, and happy to be fully engaged in the remainder of the day.
The afternoon sessions included:
- How to Leverage Your Strengths for a Career Change with Sarah Furuya
- Elevate Your Business to the Next Level with Betsy Rogers
- How to Balance Careers and Caregiving in Japan panel discussion with Jennifer Shinkai, Kate Neath, Akiko Marusaka, and Teruhiko Kinooka
- Influence & Persuade with Yumiko Takeda
- Interview Techniques with Riya Rapp
- Cross-Cultural Mediation & Conflict Resolution with Sarajean Rossitto and Noriko Kishida
Further details about each session can be found here.
These breakout sessions allowed participants to engage in activities and discussions in smaller groups where many inspiring and thought-provoking exchanges occurred. The sessions also allowed each participant to make CSS cater more to their own needs and brands.
Attendees were also able to personalize their CSS experience by opting for a resume review or mini coaching session with one of the professionals. Top Tia, who photographed the day, also provided a booth for professional headshots.
The 20th Career Strategies Seminar concluded with prize drawings from our Strategic Partners and a networking reception for all participants, including many of the facilitators and speakers who helped make CSS happen.
The eventful day was fueled by Warm Hearts Coffee and the delightful lunch, finger foods, and wine catered by Kiwi Kitchen. Carefinder provided on-site childcare to encourage women juggling home and professional lives to take part in the day.
Information about the speakers can be found here.
What did attendees say?
“CSS is not just a networking opportunity but a growth opportunity. I was challenged to look at myself and my goals in a different way. ” (FEW Member, First time attending CSS)
“This was a great gathering of women from so many different backgrounds and interests – from the various industries, types of companies, levels of experience and generations, women from all communities and countries could learn a lot to enhance their career and potential. Look forward to joining again!” (FEW Member, Serial CSS attendee – attending 3 or more times)
“CSS was such a nice opportunity to meet people and learn, and the atmosphere was friendly and stimulating, I can only wish for more on a longer time frame! I found the FEW CSS much more valuable than the WIN conference I also attended a few weeks earlier.” (FEW Member, First time attending CSS)
“I am so fortunate and grateful for FEW especially for the volunteers to make CSS possible. There are so many women of all walks of life and in different stages attending. Everyone leaves the event feeling inspired having learnt something new and knowing they have support for an exciting transition.” (FEW Member, First time attending CSS)
What did the facilitators say?
“True honor to be asked to be apart of this supportive women’s organization devoted to helping women in all phases of our lives. I greatly enjoyed being a facilitator as we
ll as a participant for an amazing day of learning, networking and friendship.” (Riya Rapp, Facilitator)
“I was invited to join CSS to help energize the participants for the afternoon sessions. And what an easy job it was—everyone was so enthusiastic and joyful in their movements that I ended up receiving even more than I gave. I think that’s an important aspect of this event. It’s an opportunity to share and renew your energy, whether you’re a session leader or participant, a CEO or a new graduate just starting your career.” (Maya Ileto, GYROKINESIS® trainer)
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