California native, 5th generation Japanese American, with a unique command of the Japanese language, I found success in supporting clients like WeWork, OYO, Netflix, iProspect, Carat Japan, and more, in their recruitment needs in Tokyo. I meet new people daily (now via Zoom) and introduce the next generation of ambitious leaders to organizations and companies willing to invest in the future change-makers of the world. Collaborating with innovators who are driving change via D&IB initiatives, intercultural communications, and community-based events has evolved into a unique synergy that is currently propelling me through a new path in entrepreneurship.
Currently, as a freelance web designer & content editor, I blend storytelling with tech, to amplify services offered by independent consultants, and help people convey their unique personal brands. At the helm of JACL Japan, a US-based NPO with a branch in Tokyo, I foster growing communities that are inclusive of Japanese returnees, TCKs, Nikkei diaspora, multiethnic youth, and more, by designing unique identity & career-related events.
Freelance Content and Web Editor
June 2020 - Present
Primarily working with Wix, Squarespace, and Wordpress for website builds, and various SEO tasks. I blend storytelling with tech, to amplify services offered by independent consultants, and help people and small businesses convey their unique brands.
Senior Career Consultant, Talent Advisor
2018 - 2020
7 days a week schedule, 40-45 consultations per month, new referrals, interview preparation (virtual), F2F client mtgs.
Placed 12 bilingual candidates and attracted 2 internal hires, billed 21M JPY (200k USD) in 2019.
To attract younger bilingual candidates, I created our startup client base from scratch by scouting out new business in Tokyo, networking at local kick off and launch parties: WeWork, OYO Hotels, Netflix, Education First, etc.
I gained 6 new accounts, and as a company we grew our client start up base from 0 to 15+ within a year.
To build our brand, I actively attended 10-15 networking events per month, organized a company branding workshop at LinkedIn (LI) Japan HQ 2019, and joined development workshops at Microsoft with global, bi-lingual industry leaders.
JET Program - Language Teacher
2016 - 2018
Designed and taught 15 classes per week, in both Japanese and English, for 400+ students across 3 different grade levels.
To increase my Japanese fluency, I tried out for the men’s city baseball team and became the first woman in the history of the city to join and play on the active roster. By immersive language learning, I passed the JLPT N3 without any side prep.
JACL Japan - President
2017 - Present
I acquired a Legacy Grant of $4,000 for Kimi no Identity Program. I sourced venues, panel speakers via IG, created a team of 8 volunteers, and designed the panel content and discussion themes: 70 paid attendees, 93% attendance rate.
In less than 3 weeks, I coached a member through the event creation process. I designed a 4 person panel, secured a free university venue, and promoted across SM platforms, for a program focused on Trauma through Generations (Tsuru for Solidarity) – a multicultural, multigenerational and bi-lingual program. 40 attendees, 95% attendance rate.
I’ve been a public speaker for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Kakehashi Project Banquets over the last 4 years, 3 times a year, 100-150 attendees (2016 – 2019).
Recruitment & Monthly Programs:
Increased active members by 26% in 2019 (70+), through constant 1:1 outreach via ACCJ, AJS, Meetup, Peatix, and SM.
Hosted yearly community events: 12 English Sessions, 2 holiday themed, 2 educational, 2 cultural identity themed