Monthly Meeting

February Meeting Recap: Lean In: Japanese Women

March 1, 2017
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By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern On February 9th, FEW members and guests leaned in to listen to our guest speaker, Rena Suzuki, co-founder and leader of Lean In Tokyo. Lean In is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions. Lean In Tokyo helps women gain confidence and take an active…

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January Meeting Recap: Real Health Talk for Real Women with Katheryn Gronauer

January 20, 2017
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By Jodi Harris, Public Relations and Communications Co-Director As 2017 gets underway, we were pleased to welcome health coach Katheryn Gronauer for a new and interesting perspective on the food we eat. A lifelong yo-yo dieter who struggled with weight and body image, Katheryn started by inviting us to connect with her own experience. She…

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November Meeting Recap: From Buffy to the Bloodsucking 2016 Election: The Path to Female Empowerment

November 26, 2016
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By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern In the wake of the 2016 American presidential election, we welcomed Fran Rubel Kuzui, a movie director and producer, to our meeting on November 10th to discuss female empowerment. From Tokyo Pop to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ms. Kuzui has paved the way for not just fictional…

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October 2016 Meeting Recap: Kimono & Modernity

October 19, 2016
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By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Our second meeting of the year took place on October 13 where we explored the culture of the kimono with Dr. Sheila Cliffe, kimono specialist and professor at Jumonji University, and Chizuko Takahashi and Tomoko Yoshida of Kimono Tango, a small women-run company that recycles kimono obi…

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September 2016 Meeting Recap: Inclusion Starts with “I”

September 27, 2016
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By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The new FEW year kicked off on September 8th, as members and guests came together for our monthly meeting where we learned what diversity and inclusion can do for us in our workplaces and communities. Our guest speaker was Janelle Sasaki, a third generation Japanese-American who is…

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July Meeting Recap: Feng Shui Tips for Business

July 19, 2016
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By Marie Mortreux, Public Relations and Communications Intern FEW’s July meeting was the last before a one-month summer break. The meeting focused on Feng Shui, or fu-sui in Japanse. Our guest speaker was Master of Feng Shui Jodi Brunner, who is based in Nigata where’s also proprietor of a Japanese restaurant with her husband. The meeting was moderated…

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June Meeting Recap: Prioritizing People, Planet and Profit Equally

June 14, 2016
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By Marie Mortreux, Public Relations and Communications Intern Our June 2016 meeting focused on contrasting social businesses and traditional businesses. Two successful women were invited to talk about their experiences in both the corporate and social enterprise sectors: Megumi Hagiuda, founder and CEO of AFRIKA ROSE, and Angela Ortiz, CSR Manager at H&M Japan. The panel was…

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May Meeting Recap: Women Will – Women in Technology

May 16, 2016
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By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern Both members and guests alike joined FEW’s monthly meeting on May 12 to learn more about what it’s like to work at a world-renowned company like Google. Speaking on her experiences as a woman working in the tech industry, we were fortunate enough to hear from Miki…

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April Meeting Recap: Interview the Interviewers

April 16, 2016
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By Marie Mortreux, Public Relations and Communications Intern Few’s April 2016 meeting gathered many members and guests interested in learning more about the experience of four successful female journalists living and working in Japan: Anna Fifield, Tokyo Bureau Chief for The Washington Post and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University; Tomoko Otake, staff writer, editor and deputy manager…

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March 2016 Meeting Recap: The Refugee Crisis and Japan

March 11, 2016
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By Marie Mortreux, Public Relations and Communications Intern FEW’s March 2016 meeting addressed one issue that is of much debate: The refugee crisis in Syria. Two impressive guests were invited to share their experiences in dealing with refugees and providing solutions for improving the condition of these individuals: Professor Akiko Yamanaka, Special Ambassador for Peacebuilding and…

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