Founder: Sumera Rokita Nonaka
Sumera Nonaka is a leadership development expert and entrepreneur owning multiple businesses in the United States. As a teen, she was a television personality and Radio talk show host while also modeling for many designers, including the world famous fashion designer Yumi Katsura.
With a burning desire for expanding both personally and professionally, Sumera started the journey to the U.S. and immigrated by herself at the age of 19 against her family’s wishes. With just $2,000 in her pocket and no financial support, that journey set the stage for building a stronger mindset, belief system, and the experience necessary to succeed internationally.
While completing her MBA in Los Angeles, Sumera started her first business in marketing consulting and film production for Japanese companies. Around the same time period she lost 28 friends and family members to the 2011 tsunami earthquake in Japan.
Through the challenges of self-immigration to a new country paired with such devastation, Sumera was inspired to launch charity efforts that supported her home town. She also founded a Global Youth Leadership Program and in 2015 Sumera’s journey led her to Vatican City, Europe where she joined the Royal family of Japan in their visit with the Pope.
To this day, Sumera operates her businesses while traveling internationally to deliver seminars and lectures that help students master the Pillars of Effective Leadership as they prepare to serve and engage with their communities and the world.
Sumera’s journey is told through her self-produced documentary titled A Journey Through Tragedy. Her book offers readers inspiration and advice for conflict resolution and leadership development. Through speaking, training, producing and authoring Sumera strives to empower people of all ages to build confidence and be inspired to thrive.