Life is a journey.  We tend toward inspiration by those whose journey is not always smooth, but whose tenacity has helped them triumph.

Lori Tsugawa Whaley grew up in a predominately Caucasian farming and logging community in southwest Washington State.  This was still a tough time for those of Japanese descent.  Memories of WWII lingered, prejudice was the first obstacle to overcome.  Although this was a very painful experience for a young girl, something deep inside would not let the pain she felt defeat her.

Later in life when faced with a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from two automobile accidents, this mysterious inner strength led Lori to explore her Japanese heritage and to discover the ancient code by which her samurai ancestors lived—Bushido – the way of the warrior.  Lori’s compassion to guide others through tough times is based on these timeless principles and how they helped her in her own struggles.

Using her engaging, passionate, and captivating style, Lori leads her audience to examine their own dreams and goals.  Through the use of the seven bushido principles, she shows them how these principles can open the doors to their own success.

The code of bushido includes:

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Benevolence
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Honor
  • Loyalty

Lori graduated with honors from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in art.  She is a member of Japanese American Citizen League (J.A.C.L.), Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Toastmasters International, Association of Women-Owned Businesses, and Business Among Moms.