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Lori Tsugawa Whaley

The Power of Ganbatte Kudasai


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"The Power of Ganbatte Kudasai"

A heartfelt tribute to her Japanese immigrant Grandmother, Lori Tsugawa Whaley shares her trials and triumph overcome through the power of Ganbatte Kudasai!  Ganbatte kudasai is the Japanese phrase used to encourage one to try your hardest, do your best, never give up, and go for broke.
Lori Tsugawa Whaley is an author and inspirational speaker on a mission to empower others to reach their God-given potential, no matter their path, heritage, or circumstances. Lori is a third-generation Japanese-American and a descendant of the samurai warrior.

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 Tsugawa Whaley captivates attention and compels listeners to live inspired, purposeful lives of powerful contribution that extend far beyond the day to day realities of commerce.

Having grown up in a predominately white farming community, Lori struggled with being different. She channeled her unrest into tireless research and curiosity to study and embrace her Japanese heritage. Today, Lori models the Ways of the Samurai Warrior with every story she tells and every move she makes. Without judgment and with a full heart, she lives the principles of honor, courage, rectitude, loyalty, honesty, self-control, and compassion 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 Warrior in good times. It is another thing to do so while recovering. Lori’s compassion to guide others through tough times is informed by her own journey to regain wellness against demanding odds.
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