Transitions is 7 Days Away (and Haragei is 6 Days Away)!

We’re 7 days away from Transitions 2011! We have a good list of great speakers, panelists, and vendors. Visit our website ( to find more detailed information about the event schedule, speakers, and vendors.

Who are our keynote speakers? Answer: Roberty Uy and Steven Joiner. 

  • Rob has spent over 15 years in human resources management, primarily in technology and technical services industries. Beginning his career in HR as a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley during the dotcom days, and with firms such as EnCompass Globalization, WRQ, Microsoft and now Intellectual Ventures, Rob has been involved with many facets of employment experience, including seeking out and finding the best talent, training and development, management coaching, employee relations, mergers and acquisitions, organizational planning, change management, leadership development and performance management. Rob will share his insights and observations on resume writing, networking, and leveraging your JET experience to differentiate yourself from other job seekers.
  • Steven is a speaker, author, teacher, and facilitator. He spent the first ten years of his career as a classroom teacher– including three years on JET in Shizuoka-ken and two years in Kyoto/Kansai teaching at a university. In 2007, he began working for the nonprofit resource website where he authored “The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers” ( While at Idealist, he travelled around the country helping professionals discover ‘roadmaps’ to finding a paid nonprofit position and somehow started being featured as a national workforce expert. These days he advocates for understanding and then embracing the new worklife realities wherever and whenever possible. He writes for “The 21st Century Worklife” ( and tries to help professionals come together to see that collectively we can usher in the newest economic era (post-Information Age) rather than let it run us over. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his amazing dog and thinks life is generally awesome.

What will they talk about? Answer: mind-blowing awesomeness.

Rob will share his insights and observations on resume writing, networking, and leveraging your JET experience to differentiate yourself from other job seekers, while Steven will talk about “Personal Talent Management in the 21st Century Worklife.” As summarized by Steven:

The workplace is broken and, while professionals are suffering as a result, we’re also partly responsible. Too often we think of careers, jobs, and professions with an antiquated, 20th century perspective. Instead of the outdated career topics like resumes, networking, interviewing, and tracking “hot hiring markets,” let’s start from a more useful place. The truth of the matter is that we have the power to shift how we think, to change our perceptions of the workplace, and, as a result, to be more fully engaged rather than cogs in someone else’s machine. It is our responsibility to ourselves and our 21st Century Worklife colleagues to change the face of work and demand a workplace where we can fully invest our talents and passions. But we can only succeed if we all get involved. 

What should you do? Answer: RSVP!! Spaces limited.

What else should you do?

Come hear Steven Joiner speak at the Hyogo Business and Cultural Center on Friday, October 28th, as a sort of kick-off to Transitions. He will delve into the depths of Japanese culture and consciousness with a lecture on Haragei – the art of the belly. There’ll be wine, light refreshments, and great company. To read more, see our website If interested and able, RSVP here: . We hope to see you there (see info below), and then here at NWU for Transitions!


What, When, and Where:
  • Friday, October 28th – Steven Joiner presenting on Haragei: The Art of the Belly
  • The Hyogo Gallery (1st Floor of Building 2 of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington) – 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA 98144

Haragei Event Schedule

  • 6:30-6:40 – Welcome and Refreshments
  • 6:40-7:30 – Presentation, The Art of the Belly
  • 7:30-7:45 – Break
  • 7:45-8:30 – Discussion

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