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Hilary Corna knew exactly what she was supposed to do as an American college graduate with a business degree: find a decent job, move to a city, and settle down with the man she loved. But she was anything but a typical twenty-two-year-old college graduate. Against everyone’s advice, she purchased a one-way ticket to Singapore in hopes of starting her career in Asia. She left home with just one suitcase, a love for Asian culture, and a determination to succeed.
What could have ended in failure turns into the greatest adventure of her life, complete with the challenges of working as the “one white face” of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific. Along with her new career came the thrills of traveling to exotic destinations, the pain of living twelve time zones away from loved ones, and the birth of new friendships across cultures. Over the next three years, Hilary studies Kaizen, a Japanese business method and management style for problem solving, and applies it during her work with dealerships in the Philippines and India. She blossoms under the guidance of Japanese big bosses who develop from mentors into friends and father figures.
?With a conversational tone and brutal honesty, Hilary invites readers along on her journey of becoming a global citizen—a journey where she discovers the beauty of life and explores her own identity not as one white face, but as a member of a global humanity. Those stuck in their own dead-end jobs, relationships, or other situations will be inspired by her journey to take action and change for the better.
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About the Author
When Hilary Corna was twenty-two years old, she bought a one-way ticket to Singapore to pursue a pipe dream of launching a career in Asia. Successfully landing a job with Toyota in Singapore as Senior Executive Officer, she served the company for three years conducting Kaizen throughout dealerships in numerous Asian countries. One White Face is an account of her time abroad, which is now being adapted into a screenplay. It has been called the “GenY version of Eat, Pray, Love” and is used in numerous colleges.
Hilary is the Founder of the #DareYourself Campaign and Burial Blessings, Co-Founder of Okaeri Nippon, and a TEDx speaker. Her organization is partnered with the Holstee Manifesto, and Hilary also is a spokesperson for Toyota USA and “I’mFirst!” A nationally recognized speaker, Hilary has been featured on NBC, The New York Times and ForbesWoman, as well as in Pearson’s Business Communication textbook. Over the last five years, she has spoken to over 30,000 students at more than 100 colleges, universities, and high schools across the nation.