14-40 year olds
Those seeking self-awareness and purpose
Located around the globe
“I hope you realize you’re the One White Face in the company” – A quote from my boss the first month of working as the only Caucasian in Toyota's Asian regional office.
Upon graduation from college in 2007, I sold my only asset — a 1995 Jeep Wrangler — and bought a one-way ticket to Singapore. Absent an actual job, I was on the road to fulfill my pipe dream of beginning my career in Asia.
An afternoon swim led to a serendipitous encounter with a top Toyota executive, who after one interview improbably offered me a position with the company. I was soon branded by one of the big bosses as their “one white face”, a notion that would underscore the theme of my life and work overseas.
Young, female, and American, I worked in the Japanese company for three years conducting Kaizen process improvements in automotive dealerships in the Philippines, India and other Asian countries . Living among new cultures, I traveled throughout Asia for leisure and work.
One White Face tells the story of Hilary’s pursuit to succeed in an international career–giving up love for a career and finding all the while that success would not just be defined in her career but also in her ability to discover and accept herself.
Current draft book jacket:
"She dared to discover Asia, and ended up discovering herself.
Hilary Corna knew exactly what she was supposed to do as an American college graduate with a business degree. She was supposed to send out resumes, go to interviews, find a decent job close to her hometown and family, and settle down with her boyfriend. But she was anything but a typical American college graduate. When she purchased her one-way ticket to Singapore at the age of twenty-two, Hilary had no contacts, job offers or opportunities waiting for her. All she had was a temporary place to stay, a few bags, a love for Asian culture, and a determination to succeed. What could have been a disaster turns into the greatest adventure of her life, complete with the twists and turns of her career with Toyota Motors Asian-Pacific, the pain of living twelve time-zones away from her loved ones, the occasional hilarity of cultural misunderstandings, the birth of new loves and friendships, and the development of one talented, passionate individual into a global citizen."