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Melodie Nakhle

Vice President, Sales
Amway Japan

Hometown: Chicago

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 6 (as of April 2018)

Melodie Nakhle
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter with Japan was when I was in college. My best friend was from Yokohama and I was fascinated to learn more about her heritage. She quickly became my gateway to understanding the culture, cuisine and values of Japan.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My motto is, “Leave a measurable impact for the better,” which means fostering the empowerment of others so they can excel and achieve their personal best. For me, it means always pushing myself into new areas and always learning new things so I'm constantly growing.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I’m proud to be helping women in Japan as an executive sponsor for Amway’s Women’s Inclusion Network, an international program designed to inspire and empower Japanese women in the workplace so they feel included and free to express opinions. In a male-dominated country like Japan, it's easy to find yourself being disregarded and excluded.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

One of my goals is to succeed as a woman executive. Another is to find harmony instead of balance, in professional settings I find myself in. I aim to be present in every moment, constantly growing, keeping an open mind and seeking a deeper understanding of people, their motivations and beliefs.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

The best advice that I could give people living and working in Japan is to listen, seek to understand and be slow to judge. Be wary of trying to rationalize every situation and making it fit in a box defined by the limits of your own understanding and cultural prejudices. Be proactive about immersing yourself in the culture as far as you can — it will broaden your mind and enrich your life.

Last updated: Oct 1, 2018