About Lori Tsugawa Whaley

Dynamic and Inspirational Speaker, Author
Life Coach and Encourager of Possibility

“The world is waiting for you to unveil your unique gifts and talents.
What are you waiting for?” 

-- Lori Tsugawa Whaley


A third-generation Japanese American and a descendant of the samurai, Lori Tsugawa Whaley is an inspirational speaker on a mission to empower others to reach their God-given potential, no matter their path, heritage, or circumstances.  Whether she is inspiring prison inmates at the local correctional facility to create better lives, empowering women business owners at Money Wise Women conferences to honor their financial resources, or addressing business executives at the Project Management Institute to celebrate cultural diversity, Lori captivates and compels listeners to live inspired, purposeful lives of powerful contribution that extend far beyond the day to day realities of commerce.

Growing up in a predominately Caucasian farming community, Lori struggled with being different.  She channeled her unrest into tireless research and curiosity to study and embrace her Japanese heritage.  Today, she models the ways of the samurai's code of Bushido, with every story she tells and every move she makes.  Without judgment and with a full heart, she lives the principles of honor, courage, benevolence, rectitude, honesty, honor, and loyalty, while inspiring others to do the same.  Having endured and painstakingly continuing to recover from not one, but two auto collisions, Lori’s resilience has been strongly tested.

It is one thing to model the ways of the samurai in good times.  It is another thing to do so after being diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), endure years of rehabilitation, and now is a TBI survivor.  Her compassion to guide others through tough times is informed by her own journey to regain wellness against demanding odds.

Those who have benefitted from Lori’s coaching, mentoring and speaking describe Lori’s impact on their lives in glowing terms.

“Lori Whaley is the ‘Queen of Connecting’ with a heart of gold.  Her speaking and coaching are infectious and a great resource for anyone who wants more out of life, but does not know how to get it.”

-- Patrick Snow, author of “Creating Your Own Destiny” 

“Lori Whaley appeared in my life when I was ready to change a tough issue.  Lori was easy to talk with and offered a broader perspective than I could see from my cave of shame.  She gave her heart, wisdom, and experience to help me get educated.  She suggested books, contacts, recorded information calls, films, and events without attachment.  It was clear that she wanted to best for me.  I highly recommend Lori if you need help finding fabulous resources to help you solve life’s tough problems.”

-- Sherie McGuffey, Business Owner

Happily married for nearly 40 years to husband John, they are the proud parents of two adult sons, a daughter in law, and five adorable grandchildren.  Her empty nest has opened doors to limitless opportunities for her to fly as she shares her passion, message, and gifts to inspire and delight diverse audiences in her Puget Sound backyard and beyond.

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.

 “The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success,” Lori’s recently published book, became Amazon International Best Seller eBook in 2016.  The Code of Bushido (Way of the Warrior) is explored as a guide to living an honorable life.  Each principle (courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty) is discussed, with kanji representation, and Japanese and Japanese Americans who exemplify the code.  To overcome TBI, she set personal a goal of completing the book.

Lori has also coauthored four books:  “Your Ultimate Sales Force,”  “The Woman’s Book of Empowerment & Confidence,” “Baby Boomers:  Secrets for Life after 50,” and “The Professional Woman: Business, Leadership & Communication.”