Monthly Meeting:  June 24, 2021 (online)

Starting a Business in Japan:

How I Overcame Years of Self-Doubt

and Learned to Value Myself

Tia Haygood

Date:             Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time:             7:00–9:00 p.m.

Place:             Zoom (Link will be sent about 30 minutes before event start.)

Cost:              FEW members: FREE

                       Nonmembers (women only): ¥1,000 (to be paid by midnight, June23)

Register:        By Wednesday, June 23, midnight

Our June meeting features professional photographer and entrepreneur Tia Haygood, who will share with us how she built her thriving photography business and, along the way, developed a strong sense of self-esteem in a journey of empowerment. After many years of looking for ways to value herself, Tia discovered the answer on her path to becoming a professional photographer and business owner in Japan. Since starting her business in 2016, Tia has navigated a course of self-discovery, gradually realizing the value within herself and in her skills, as well as finding ways to dismantle negative self-images like imposter syndrome. Tia will lead us along her journey’s path and show us how she incorporates messages of self-worth and empowerment into sessions with her clients.

The Speaker

Tia Haygood is a Tokyo-based Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and owner of TopTia Photography, which has enhanced the branding power of over 200 Japanese and international businesses in Japan. Tia excels in many kinds of photography—editorial, event, headshot, personal branding, and product. Her main focus is providing a visual catalyst for large or small entities and entrepreneurs. She has worked with numerous companies and institutions, including Western Digital, Temple University, and Dale Carnegie Training, Japan. From capturing the highlights of business conferences to making children laugh during family-portrait sessions, Tia brings abundant energy and compassion to her photography, which her clients and people around her enjoy and feel empowered by. When she isn’t photographing or eating her way around Japan, she can be found cycling, cooking new dishes, or spreading awareness about Japanese and international NPOs.


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