“The world is waiting for you to unveil your unique gifts and talents.
A third-generation Japanese American baby boomer and a descendant of the samurai warrior, Lori Tsugawa Whaley is a multidimensional individual on a mission to empower others to reach their God-given potential, no matter their path, heritage, or circumstances.
Growing up in a predominately Caucasian farming community, Lori struggled with being different. She channeled her unrest into the study of her Japanese heritage through the samurai’s code of bushido. Without judgment, she lives the principles of honor, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty, while inspiring others to do the same.
It is one thing to adhere to the principles of bushido in good times. It is another thing to do so after being diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and enduring years of rehabilitation; Lori is a TBI survivor. Her compassion to guide others through tough times is driven by her own journey to regain wellness against demanding odds.
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.
Happily married for over 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.
Those who have benefited from Lori’s coaching, mentoring and speaking describe Lori’s impact on their lives in glowing terms.
“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 a personal goal of completing this 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 “TheProfessional Woman: Business, Leadership & Communication.”