Event Recaps

From Teacher to Business Owner: A Designer’s Journey

January 29, 2020
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FEW Japan was thrilled to welcome the energetic entrepreneur Victoria Close to share her inspiring journey from international school teacher to jewelry designer / creator and owner of Bikudesigns, a brand of beautiful accessories made with repurposed vintage kimono, at our quarterly Lunch Gathering on Wednesday, November 20. Set in a rustic room at the…

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Breaking the Silence: How to Create a Culture of Voice

October 27, 2019
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On October 17, 2019, an informative packed monthly meeting presented by corporate governance specialist Royanne Doi, spelled out specific approaches from a manager’s perspective to encourage communication from employees.  By Keri Cromb A culture of silence, as opposed to a culture of voice, can be misleading as non-communication is far too often interpreted as employee…

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Japan’s Youth: What the Next Generation of Leaders need to succeed in the world post-2030

October 9, 2019
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FEW was thrilled to welcome one of our new Board members, Program Director Kaoru Utada, to share her personal backstory and why she’s dedicated her career to fostering leadership skills amongst Japan’s youth at our quarterly Lunch Gathering on Wednesday, September 25th. By Alisa Tanaka What started as a desire to help the communities impacted…

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Rethinking Strengths with Jennifer Shinkai

August 19, 2019
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On November 1, 2018, facilitator and executive coach Jennifer Shinkai held a special session just for FEW Members at H&R Roppongi. The event aimed to give participants ideas on how to shift their inner capabilities into energy to grow their careers by finding their strengths.  According to Shinkai, we as women too often focus on…

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Where’s Your True Color Workshop

August 5, 2019
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On a sunny Sunday, May 26th, seven ladies gathered to H&R Roppongi to find out their own color palettes through color analysis with personal and image coach Elsie Yung. Everyone was excited to get to know the colors fitting to them – who wouldn’t like to wear clothes and make-up that look good on them!…

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Learning Agility with Giulio Toscani

July 30, 2019
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On April 15th, FEW collaborated with the Hive Jinnan in Shibuya and arranged a lecture on Learning Agility by Giulio Toscani, a Professor of Big Data & Artificial Intelligence for Leadership. In this free and open-to-all lecture, Toscani introduced listeners to how to use learning agility as a leadership tool. “We are designed to be…

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Upgrades, Upper Limit and Asking with Sarah Furuya

July 22, 2019
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On June 6th, a small group of ladies eager to learn how to upgrade their perceptions of themselves and to become better leaders gathered to H&R Roppongi to participate in a special coaching session by Sarah Furuya. The inspiration for this workshop was a transformative recognition Furuya had when taking part in an event with…

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Saving Moms and Babies in Malawi

July 1, 2019
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FEW was delighted to welcome Dr. Jane Namasasu, a reproductive and sexual health expert from Malawi, to share her extensive experience in the field with us for our Monthly Meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Dr. Namasasu started her career as a nurse in 1975, and later studied to become a midwife, as in the…

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Multicultural Girls Night

May 31, 2019
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At May’s Monthly Meeting FEW came together to talk candidly about complex cultural identities in Japan. As a bonus, attendees’ daughters were invited to join in the discussion. Japanese-American travel writer and ‘hafu’ active Nina Cataldo came to speak to us about growing up as ‘hafu’, both in the United States and in Japan. We…

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Decluttering as a State of Mind

May 3, 2019
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On the second Thursday of April, a full room of women gathered at Tokyo Chapter to hear two professional organizers, Nathalie Brantsma and Paula Esguerra, talk about how decluttering makes not only your house clean and nice, but also affects your mind in a positive way. Marie Kondo is an avid advocate of the idea,…

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