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Hilary is the author of One White Face, a Speaker, and former Kaizen leader for Toyota in Singapore who a Toyota executive once claimed, “has the power to earn the trust of gemba (frontline staff)". Hilary’s audiences claim she, “changed my outlook on work abroad and made me more informed,” and “kept my attention and provided fantastic funny stories". Hilary studied at Kansai Gaidai University, graduated from Elon University with a BS in International Business, a BA in Asian/Pacific Studies and a minor in Japanese. She is a member of the Academy of International Business, actively involved with the National Speakers Association, and is a 2003 Coca Cola Scholar. Hilary has worked in six Asian countries and traveled to even more. She has spoken at colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the U.S. She speaks conversational Japanese and was featured in a Pearson Business Communication college textbook. Hilary was awarded as "Expat Woman’s Career Success Abroad" by International Career Consultant, Megan Fitzgerald.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463699344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463699345
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Hilary Corna was twenty-two years old, she bought a one-way ticket to Singapore to pursue her pipe dream of launching a post-college 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 Asia with the Philippines and India being her main projects. Since returning to America in late 2010, Hilary has written and published her first book, One White Face, a narrative nonfiction account of her time abroad. Since its release in September 2011, One White Face has been featured in The New York Times and ForbesWoman, and was reviewed as the "GenY version of Eat, Pray, Love".

Hilary is now on a nationwide book tour sponsored by Toyota Motor USA, she has spoken at TED, and One White Face is being adapted into a screenplay. Hilary also founded an online eCourse for people who want to work abroad at Hilary studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan and graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with two degrees in International Business and Asian/Pacific Studies. She has been featured in Pearson's 2011 Business Communication college textbook, speaks conversational Japanese and resides in Columbus, Ohio. You can follow her on Twitter at @HilaryCorna get updates through her Facegroup group or visit

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"One White Face" is a powerful narrative, with a fresh voice and inspiring wisdom throughout. When I first started reading the book, I was immediately drawn into the author's experience and intrigued by her adventurous spirit and desire to explore the world as a global citizen. I found myself nodding along to many of the different experiences detail throughout, and folding down pages to mark for later reference. I connected with the idea of exploring the world, getting to embrace other cultures, discovering yourself in challenging and exciting moments, and taking risks. Hilary did a great job of telling her story- of empowering others to seek their own adventures and to take risks and set goals. She also did a wonderful job with sharing the wisdom communicated to her by her bosses and mentors at Toyota Motor Asia Pacific company, and how she learned from them. Collectively, Hilary and her bosses' words were inspiring, thought provoking and offered me a new perspective about how to lead and motivate others. I have shared One White Face with many others, and highly recommended the experience of reading it. Finally, One White Face was exciting! Hilary chronicles one awesome adventure after another, and I found myself looking forward to the day when I may be able to head out to explore and experience Singapore, Japan, eastern Asia and the incredible islands and people located in the South China Sea.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jb on January 13, 2012
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I found Ms. Corna's book to be very shallow. In many cases her descriptions of interactions with people from other cultures include stereotypical descriptions. She complains about how no one "at home" wants to hear about her experiences, but lacks the insight to see that perhaps it is her approach which turns people off. Case in point, she is visiting with her friend "Katie" and I believe her sister is along. She laments that her sister feels put out or left out of the conversation. Of course she feels left out -if you treat your experience as a select club and your visit as a time to reminisce with someone familiar with Singapore and Asia. If you wanted to reminisce old times with your friend then you should have scheduled one-on-one time.

Also, she says several times how the Japanese taught her to be a lady. I'm not sure what that means. My mother and grandmother taught me how to be a lady. She implies that Japan or the Japanese culture is the only place you can learn to be a lady. Also, I think she has her terms confused. At one point when she brings this up, she is referring to an episode where she was asked to clean up after a party while the men sat around. That isn't being a lady, it's being a servant.

Overall, I found this person to be very impressed with herself and the pleasures/extravagant life style she experienced. If you are looking for a book with insight into Asian cultures - this isn't the one. This is "Hilary Corna's Diary".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica on May 6, 2013
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I first heard about this book from a friend of mine who met Hilary while traveling. I had just gotten back from a year abroad of teaching ESL in Korea, and I was really interested in getting a copy of the book-I am so glad I did! I think for any young person who has wanderlust, or a passion or interest in working abroad and traveling- they would enjoy this book. She touches on many facets of her life and experience during her 3 years working for Toyota- from her love and social life in Singapore, her travels for both work and fun, her experience with kaizen, and her relationships she left back home. I loved reading about her experiences especially being in Asia, as I too have an affinity for this area of the world. Learning about kaizen, and the way that the japanese business world and office life works, is fascinating. The reading was descriptive but never seemed too dense. And after my year abroad in Asia, I felt I could relate to so many different parts of her experiences. Overall, I am very happy I had the chance to read this book and I recommend it to others-especially those who are interested in the expat life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mike on April 25, 2014
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This book is really about coping with the unknown and unexpected. It is both useful and entertaining so I would highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of curiosity about what it is like to live and work in another part of the world. As noted by other reviews there are minor flaws: a few grammar mistakes and a little TMI here and there which actually made it seem more genuine to me. Perhaps far more important is once you start reading it is very difficult to put down. Having been fortunate to have had similar experiences I thought she did a great job of giving the reader some sense of costs and benefits of making the leap abroad: the loneliness and difficulties in maintaining relationships, interesting discoveries about alternative ways of thinking and ways to get things done, the many subtle nuances of different cultures...and most of all what a wealth of priceless experiences there really are out there. In the more connected world we live in today the lessons learned from doing this sort of thing are becoming increasingly valuable. Kudos to Hilary for having the courage, determination and work ethic to buy the one way ticket, share the experience and inspire others to follow.
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