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 facilitator, skilled at listening and guiding complex dialogues on topics ranging from race and systems of oppression to team dynamics and intercultural communication.
Ten years experience working with multi-racial, multigenerational and multicultural groups.
Detail oriented, efficient and organized approach to my work. 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 learning and training program design
- building systems and processes that work
- collaboratively leading multiple and concurrent projects from ideation to completion
- paying attention to a lot of details, timelines, priorities and stakeholder needs
- effectively building an environment of high trust and integrity
- finding common ground with people who don't share a lot of my own identities
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.
Photo Credit: Nate Meeds