Lori Whaley is a third generation Japanese American and a descendant of the Samurai Warrior. As a Baby Boomer, she grew up in a predominately white farming community in rural Washington. She struggled with being different especially at school where she was discriminated against. No matter how hard she tried and “wished,” she could not change the way she looked.
As an adult, Lori channeled her unrest into tireless research and curiosity to study her Japanese heritage. Her curiosity led her to take several trips to Japan where she met her father’s relatives and traveled to many places. As she began making the connection to her ancestral roots, that which she once scorned, she came to warmly embrace.
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. The Code of Bushido can be “samuraized” into seven words: “Do the right thing all the time.”
Lori is on a mission to inspire women to utilize the Code of Bushido to overcome cultural shame, inferiority and identity so that they can become women of influence and live purposeful lives of powerful contribution that extend far beyond the day-to-day realities of commerce.
Having painstakingly endured not one, but two auto collisions, Lori’s “mettle” 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 surviving and recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her courage and compassion to guide others through tough times has been forged by her own journey to regain wellness against demanding odds.
Lori is a Certified NLP Practitioner, Toastmaster ACG, and enjoys a 36-year marriage, as well as being a mother of 2 adult sons and grandmother of 5!
Remember, “When you do the right thing, success it will bring; by ‘locking arms’ with this Samurai woman, you will never go to battle alone.”