Jayne Nakata, resident of Japan, creator of PodLaunch with Jayne, and the Team Jayne Coaching for Japanese Women, shares her learning and interviews women from all walks of life, making it work on their terms.
The surprising power of podcasting with Catherine O'Connell
I’m thrilled to have the wonderful Catherine O'Connell on the show this week for a bit of a trip down memory lane as well as a fun discussion about what she’s been up to recently the surprising things that have happened because of that. We have been working together on launching her show “Lawyer on Air” of which I am the Producer and Show Manager as well. It is a privilege to be part of this show coming to fruition and helping more voices that we don’t usually hear from have a platform to be heard.
If you are interested in joining the events we speak about in this episode please message either me or Catherine!
If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Catherine, @transformationswithjayne and @lawyeronair
In this episode you’ll hear:
The difference two and half years makes! Hear how Catherine and Jayne have transformed their podcasting appearance game over time
How timing can be the difference between a good and a great start
Catherine talks about some of the surprising things that have happened in the short time since she launched Lawyer on Air
A beautiful quote shared with Catherine by Sarah Bull from Elaine Welteroth
What Catherine and Jayne are planning for this year and beyond
Jayne’s best advice for someone thinking about starting a podcast
Catherine, a New Zealander, is an in house legal counsel-experienced lawyer operating a boutique law firm in Tokyo. As the first foreign female lawyer to launch a law firm in Tokyo, she provides flexible legal counsel solutions for big and small clients, and works as outside General Counsel in private law practice for entrepreneurs. She excels at cross-cultural business communication bridging Western and Japan mindsets. She is also the host of the “Lawyer on Air” Podcast that features women lawyers in Japan.
She has over 18 years experience of working and living in Japan and is currently the President of Women in Law Japan. She won the BCCJ British Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020. She loves rugby, New Zealand wine and being a leader in the international community in Japan.
Links of things mentioned in this episode:
Transformations with Jayne Podcast Episode 16 https://open.spotify.com/episode/6JwfpeMtOBQUSUto9kVytm?si=IiqUh9SVROWn5SKACCz8rQ
More than enough by Elaine Welteroth: https://www.amazon.co.jp/MORE-THAN-ENOUGH-ELAINE-WELTEROTH/dp/0525561587
Connect with Catherine
Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/oconnellcatherine/
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PodLaunch with Jayne: https://www.jaynenakata.com/podcastconsulting
Thriving in Japan with Katheryn Gronauer
This episode with Katheryn has been a long time coming! I thought she was too busy to come on my show! She had been wanting to come on since she first heard about it. So there you go. Don't assume!
If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Katheryn, @transformationswithjayne and @katheryngronauer
In this episode you will hear:
How Katheryn came to be living and working in Tokyo
What it was like growing up with two countries, cultures and languages
How she pivoted her coaching business to be the “thriving” business it is today
Some of the top ways that people struggle when joining an organization in Japan
Transferring those skills to your private life
New ways of thinking about "self care" during the pandemic
What currently constitutes “fun” and do we have enough “fun” on our schedules
Katheryn Gronauer helps onboard professionals to live and work in Japan through executive training and coaching. Her specialties include orientation programs, cross-cultural education, and wellness coaching.
She has a degree in International Business & Culture from Sophia University, a certification in training and change-management from ATD, and a coaching certification from IIN. Most importantly, she was raised between Japan and America with firsthand sensitivity to the cultural differences and challenges that new expats encounter every day.
Katheryn’s company Thrive Tokyo has been named “One of Tokyo’s hotspots to satisfy anyone” by Eurobiz Magazine. Her work and accomplishments have been featured in Women’s Health, HuffPost, Mobility Magazine, Mindbodygreen, JapanToday, Savvy Tokyo, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal, The Everygirl, Thought Catalog, and Elite Daily.
Katheryn has worked with a wide variety of clients across a range of industries from multinational corporations such as Toyota to start-up companies to spouses and more. She has been a guest public speaker on wellness and lifestyle transition at the US Embassy, Toyo University, FEW Japan, and Roppongi Cooperative.
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Social Impact Architect Sarajean Rossitto helps us prepare for a natural disaster
Sarajean was in a very uncomfortable situation when the shaking started on 3-11 in Tokyo. In this episode, we talk about how she became involved in the recovery work in Tohoku and some of the things she discovered that she is now using as knowledge to help us be better prepared for future natural disasters. You should definitely listen to this episode if you are wondering if you have everything in your emergency kit!
If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Sarajean, @transformationswithjayne and @roseito
We talk about:
How Sarajean came to be in Japan
Trialing what your future life might look like
The tricky situation Sarajean was in when the 3-11 earthquake struck
How her connections and experience led her to become involved in the recovery work in Tohoku
Leading groups in the recovery zone, and how she overcame cross-cultural communication difficulties
The things you have probably forgotten from your emergency kit
The two most important things to know in an emergency
Her social impact training: Develop yourself to inspire others
Connect with Sarajean:
Linked in https://jp.linkedin.com/in/sarajean
Sarajean works with people wanting to have/make a positive social impact, for example, people from the private and public sectors as well as key players in the nonprofit space.
By linking actors and providing project coordination and advisory services she helps nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, international organizations and corporations better tackle social needs.
Sarajean has been working with nonprofits in Japan for more than 20 years. Since March 2020, she has coordinated and initiated a number of online training and organization development programs including expanding the Develop Yourself to Inspire Others (DYIO) capacity development training to a wide variety of organizations. In 2021, she continues her research on how the pandemic is impacting children not living with their families and how crisis affects nonprofits in Japan. She is also teaching about such themes at Temple University, Japan Campus and Sophia University.
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Helping Tohoku and the Sharks with Dr Mareike Dornhege
Dr. Mareike Dornhege is such a cool and powerful woman! I hope you will enjoy our episode this week as we continue the remembering 3-11 theme.
If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Mareike, @transforamtionswithjayne and @mareike_and_the_sharks.
In this episode you’ll hear:
How Mareike became a shark researcher and marine ecologist
What brought her to Japan 10 years ago
Her experience in Tokyo on 3-11 and trying to get home again after the earthquake
How her research helped the port of Kesenuma to rebuild as a sustainable fishing port
Her advice for sustainable seafood consumption and why we should all be doing this
Half Dutch, half German, Mareike (pronounce: Ma-rye-ka) hails from the sea and grew up in a family of avid sailors. She has always loved the ocean and turned it into her passion and career. As an 8-year old she left her mum puzzled over scientifically accurate drawings of blue sharks. But her family supported her passion and at 14, her father signed off on her first scuba diving license. Two decades later, she is a doctor of marine ecology and a divemaster, teaching others how to dive and showing them a whole new world underwater.
Mareike is the chief science officer of a marine conservation startup in Asia, Ocean Eye, and a shark researcher. She has published her research in Nature, the world’s most acclaimed science journal, and appeared on Shark Week. She completed her Ph.D. research in northern Japan and she was faced with a unique problem: while the world’s fisheries were in crisis with rapidly dwindling fish stocks, so were the fishermen of northern Japan.
They had lost everything in the severe tsunami of 3/11 that devastated whole swats of coastal towns. While originally an animal lover, her work in Kesennuma forced her to see the duality of people/environment of the problem. The oceans were suffering, but so were the people now after their town and once highly productive port were destroyed. And with Japan’s highly resilient attitude of persistence, here lay a huge opportunity: that for rebuilding sustainably to serve both nature and people better.
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Remembering March 11, 2011 and how failing forward helped Angela Ortiz help others
Do I have a great episode for you this week or what! I have to say, this is one of the most moving and fascinating interviews I've done on the TWJ podcast.
On March 11, 2011, Angela Ortiz experienced an earthquake in Tokyo that would become known as the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. What she did next is a story of guts, determination, a coming together of people with the right skills at the right time.
I hope you will listen to this episode and hear what Angela and her team achieved during those difficult times and how they have relentlessly supported Tohoku during the 10 years since.
We talk about:
Angela’s experience on the day of March 11, 2011
How she and her family helped bring supplies to the disaster zone
Starting an NGO and growing with it
What is needed long term to support the disaster zone
Angela’s Book: 8 Principles that will make you an effective leader in social impact
How we help others effectively when disaster strikes
Angela Marie Ortiz is a Colombian American multinational, long-term resident of Japan, with over 30+ years living in rural Japan and Tokyo.
She is a social impact entrepreneur, CSR professional, author and fitness enthusiast.
Her career began as an early childhood educator in Tokyo in 2005. She transitioned into social impact after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters of northeast Japan where
she established her own company, Place To Grow - a community building nonprofit using fitness and language exchange to Inspire and connect children in the rural province of Tohoku.
In 2016 she moved into the corporate sector, supporting companies like H&M and Adidas Japan to launch and grow social and environmental sustainability programs. She supports with project management, impact marketing, cross sector stakeholder engagement and partnership development. She also has a wealth of experience in public speaking.
Dr Jackie Steele: Lessons from 3-11
Today I'm talking to Dr. Jackie Steele. Jackie, a Canadian, Founder & CEO, enjoi Diversity & Innovation, was in Sendai on March 11, 2011, and this experience influenced the course of her life.
We talk about:
How Jackie came to be in Japan, after years of Japanese study
Why Jackie was in Sendai on March 11th, 2011 when the earthquake and tsunami struck
Her experience on that day and how they escaped the disaster zone
How she found a way to contribute using her unique skills and knowledge
The challenge with the Japanese legal family definition and system
Disaster risk as a diversity issue
How the disaster has encouraged women to take on grassroots leadership roles
Dr. Jackie F. Steele is a trilingual political science professor, published author, and longtime Japan resident. An expert in diversity, women's empowerment, diverse talent mobilization and inclusive decision-making, Jackie is experienced in guiding leaders in the co-creation of organizational mission, policies and practices that place diversity and innovation at the heart of high performing, inclusive culture. Dr. Steele’s approach to D&I is evidence-based, and uses scientifically credible metrics in support of holistic systems design and mindset change via education. Jackie has taught at leading universities in Canada (UOttawa) and Japan (UTokyo). She teaches in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University. In her volunteer life, Jackie leads the Global Diversity Management Committee as a Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, serves as Vice President of FEW Japan, and is the Strategic Advisor of WomEnpowered International (UTokyo).
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Link for the Facebook lives available on Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzZsh3jlZeDvbWL9aUcjIQ
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Only on episode 8 and Im hooked
Im an American living in Japan. I just started living here and Im feeling a little alone.
This is a great podcast about women, not just in Japan, but all over the world. It will be Japan focused. I feel nice to hear what people are doing.
Super! I'm already taking some of these ideas to heart.
Instead of "waiting for some day", fit smaller or quicker projects into my life.