I was born to a half American, half Japanese mom and a Japanese dad, raised in Tokyo. When I was 27, I bought a model agency with my 2 sisters and another model in order to quit modeling. During this time, I increased the number of models from 4 to 50. I also expanded the existing client list from 50 to 5,000. Due to the shift in my priorities, however, I no longer felt fulfilled in the modeling industry. So, I started Find Your Element (FYE) Workshop 8 months after my divorce, just a few years after retiring from model management. I’m so lucky to have discovered my own element as a Connector and can share what all I’ve learned from rocket booster friends who are top experts in various fields!
Our FYE community consists of curious, open-minded, motivated individuals who are ready to acquire important life lessons that are not taught in school and most often, not even at home, to be extraordinary. We are committed to making your journey of life absolutely unforgettable and insanely exciting, to live out your Element! We are here to support and cheer you on, to hold space for you without judgment, so you can find your own Element and shine!
Who would you name as your personal role model and why?
Mother Teresa. She knew that her mission was to help others and she did it so well-selflessly, tirelessly, inspirationally and successfully! She was so “rich” in exactly the ways I’d love to be – she could raise lots of money to help the needy, without needing much for herself. She is such an empowering inspiration! I also love that she only died with a pair of slippers and a robe too, while having given so much during her lifetime.
What is your personal advice for staying motivated/ positive when facing a challenge?
I read a lot of inspiring books, attend many motivating, nourishing workshops, make intentional decisions to go out and have fun, and see rocket booster friends. I also make a conscious effort not to spend time with energy-sucking things or people.
Where do you see the biggest challenge in running your own business?
Finding partners/individuals who see the multiple benefits AND the necessity of FYE in our community.
Come and join the upcoming Find Your Element Workshop 2018 Spring Season starting February 28, every Wednesday, for 12 weeks! More details will be announced soon at www.findyourelement.jp and through FEW’s communication channels, so stay tuned for updates!
November Monthly Meeting Recap – Leading the Way for Strong Women in the Corporate World
The FEW November Monthly Meeting was a collaborative event organized together with ADIDAS at their headquarters in Roppongi. FEW president Riya Rapp was one of the night’s panelists, along with ReebokONE Ambassador and fitness entrepreneur Erika Yamaguchi, and President of Johnson & Johnson K.K. Mario Stein. FEW programs co-director Jackie Steele moderated the panel.Published on 4th December 2018
December 2018 Sponsor Offers & Member News
Check out the latest offers and opportunities from our Sponsors and other FEW Community Events here! Our Sponsors are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about all of FEW’s Sponsors, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services benefiting […]Published on 1st December 2018
Sponsor Spotlight: eCornell
Professional Development from Cornell University Women’s contribution to the economy, in general, has never been put into a greater focus until recently. According to a report of McKinsey Global Institute featured in a news article by CNN, it estimates that economies in the Asia-Pacific region could boost their collective GDP by $4.5 trillion by 2025 […]Published on 1st November 2018
November 2018 Sponsor Offers & Member News
Check out the latest offers and opportunities from our Sponsors and other FEW Community Events here! Our Sponsors are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about all of FEW’s Sponsors, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services benefiting […]Published on 1st November 2018
Upcoming Fall 2018 Community Service Events
With the changing of the leaves comes many opportunities to support various NGOs and their efforts. Take a look at the events below and reach out to the organizations through the contact information provided if you’re interested in lending a helping hand! The Big Draw Festival 2018 The world’s largest cross-cultural drawing festival, led by […]Published on 15th October 2018