April 2017 Lean In Creating Change Events

I’ve been facilitating Lean In Circles in English since 2015. Each group meets monthly and has a maximum of 12 members. The meetings are completely free thanks to our venue sponsors and are part of my CSR activities to support women’s empowerment in Japan. Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire For professional, English-speaking women currentlyContinue reading “April 2017 Lean In Creating Change Events”

Early blooming sakura

The cherry blossom season for 2017 has officially started in Tokyo. Media channels are becoming saturated with pink blossoms and the Shinkais are preparing for our annual hanami at Sumidakoen in our beloved shitamachi. The coming of spring is always a wonderful time of new beginnings and fresh energy. All this talk of sakura remindedContinue reading “Early blooming sakura”

Worry less, do more: your circle of influence

I’m stuck in a limbo like many parents in Japan this month. What will my childcare situation look like in April? Will my daughter get accepted into the same onsite after-school care or is she going to be shifted to a different location? Is she going to have to walk 15 minutes on her ownContinue reading “Worry less, do more: your circle of influence”

HeForShe – Building your Gender IQ

PwC and the UN joined forces to tackle unconscious gender bias with the free, 35 minute online course. It’s an interesting experience and good as an opener for dialogue in your organisation about how you can “See, Say, Show, Share and Spread” the concepts of Gender Equality. Here’s an overview of my experiences of the course.Continue reading “HeForShe – Building your Gender IQ”

Yup, diversity might be tough…but it is worth it.

This HBR article highlights some great areas of research and raises some interesting points when it comes to our perceptions of how diversity impacts performance. It resonates with a  lot of the conversations I have with clients about both gender and cultural diversity in their organisations. “Working on diverse teams produces better outcomes precisely becauseContinue reading “Yup, diversity might be tough…but it is worth it.”

My Lean In journey – the power of peer support

Feeling Lost When I returned to work after the birth of my second child after a 15 month childcare leave (thanks Japan for your lack of daycare spaces), I was lost. Whilst I returned at the same grade and pay scale, in effect, I’d had a demotion. I’d had the bright idea to hire aContinue reading “My Lean In journey – the power of peer support”