TABUNKA TRAINING VALUES
I embody the following values and love to work with others who share these values as well.
Share power, share leadership, seek consensus and solidarity.
HUMILITY & GRACE
We are not all-knowing or perfect beings. Feedback is necessary. Empathetic feedback is grace.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
INTEGRITY & OWNERSHIP
We are each responsible for our own learning and the impact of our actions.
Inclusive leader and facilitator, skilled at listening and guiding complex dialogues on topics ranging from race and systems of oppression to team dynamics and intercultural communication.
15 years experience working with multi-racial, multigenerational and multicultural groups.
Relational, empathetic, and collaborative approach to the people I work with.
Enneagram 9, INFJ, Strengths: Connectedness, Empathy, Individualization, Input, Relator
I founded Tabunka Training with the goal of strengthening complex teams because I envision a world where people work together to overcome seemingly intractable problems. The name "Tabunka Training" pays homage to my own mixed Japanese Anglo-Canadian heritage and refers to the concept of "tabunka kyosei," a phrase broadly understood as "multiculturalism" in Japanese. Or in other words, "many cultures living together". I believe that working together is the only way we can solve global and systemic injustices. As a good friend said, "The individual can be isolated and destroyed, but there is power in a group." (credit to Kafi Carrasco for teaching me that). Because of the combination of my education, my professional work, and my lived experience as mixed race immigrant, I bring a nuanced, both/and lens to all I do.
I have held a lot of jobs, but in each of them I have found myself doing similar things, which include:
- experiential leadership development program design
- building systems and processes that work
- leading multiple and concurrent projects from ideation to completion
- administration of timelines, priorities and teams
- cultivating a culture of high trust and integrity
And if you're wondering, I have a BA in History from the University of British Columbia and a MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. I've worked for international nonprofits and in the educational sector for most of my career. I dislike social media and going to events where I don't know anyone. I love my family, traveling, the beach and mystery novels.