Gemini’s CEO: Dr. Annie Shibata

As Chief Education Officer (CEO) of Gemini Consulting, I look forward to helping you reach your personal or organizational communication goals. My work is based on forging trusting relationships with the individuals and organizations I serve. First, we’ll assess your needs together. Then we can discuss how to meet your unique requirements in ways that work best for you. My work with clients is a partnership. Whether you need coaching, education, or consulting, on a one time or ongoing basis, it would be my pleasure to work with you!

My background is varied: businesswoman, communication trainer, college professor, and international consultant. From 1982-1998 I lived and worked in Japan and lectured extensively in Japanese on cross-cultural communication issues in addition to founding a communication and culture training school in Fukuoka, Japan. I appeared weekly on two different Japanese TV programs over a 4 year period in addition to doing other TV specials on KBC and NHK, and have radio experience in the US and Japan. Earlier this year I was interviewed about “Communicating Better in the New Year” by national, regional and local radio programs, with broadcasts on the Wall Street Journal Radio Network and Main Street Radio, as well as local and regional shows in cities including Atlanta; Boston; Hartford, Conn.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.

In addition, I have presented workshops in the United States and Japan and design and deliver Communication courses and workshops for for-profit and non-profit organizations. I’ve also given testimony as an expert witness on Japanese culture and communication in several business-related court cases, and have advised US and Japan-based students and professionals for over 25 years. It has been my privilege to serve in several volunteer leadership positions as well, including non-profit Healthcare board member, chairing the strategic planning committee in my local school district, and serving as President of the AFWJ, a professional association of over 500 expatriate women in Japan.

These varied experiences have helped me develop skills that I can put to work for you and your organization. Whether you want to present more effectively, represent yourself or your company to the media, or communicate better with culturally different clients or stakeholders, I can help. Let’s reach your communication goals together.

Serving clients is a responsibility and an honor I value highly. Please call for a free, confidential consultation about your personal or organizational communication needs. Let me help you enhance your message!

Some organizations I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of working with include:

  • 4-H New York (USA)
  • ACORD (USA)
  • Advantage Funding (USA)
  • Baptist Home of Brooklyn (USA)
  • Fukuoka Communication Center (Japan)
  • Fuji Motors (Japan)
  • Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan)
  • Hitachi Ltd. (Japan/US)
  • Hudson Valley World Trade Center (USA)
  • International Student Advisors (Japan)
  • Sanwa Bank (USA)
  • Shell Oil Japan (Japan)
  • Simmons College (USA)
  • The Muto Denki Corp. (Japan)
  • The Spencer Turbine Co. (USA)
  • The Thompson House (USA)

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