The New Era of Work

Leadership Qualities & Skills in the 21st Century 

November 1, 2023
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The way we work has literally been transformed over the past few years. Teams that were once in the office full time have shifted to remote work, while others have adopted a hybrid model. Remote work apps and virtual meetings are now an integral part of the new normal. Leaders have had to adapt to the evolving workplace, new work styles and technologies, and the needs of employees. How should we define leadership in 2023, and what are the characteristics of a good team leader? How should mid-level professionals develop their leadership abilities to climb up the ladder? In this program, speakers explore what it means to be an effective leader in the 21st century, and the necessary skills and qualities for a leader to thrive in today’s work environment.

Miyoko Demay
, Vice Chair, Women in Business Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Demay Luxury Consulting; Former President, Tiffany & Co. Japan
Ron Gee, President & Chief Executive Officer, Shiseido Americas; Global M&A Leader, Shiseido Group

Joshua W. Walker
, Ph.D., President & CEO, Japan Society

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Discussion and Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 pm: Reception

Ticket/Admission Information
This event is only available to Japan Society corporate members. Admission is free with advance registration required.

About the Speakers

Miyoko Demay is a highly effective executive leader with a distinguished career at Tiffany & Co., one of America’s great institutions and a world-renowned jeweler that designs, manufactures, and markets its unique products via over 350 stores worldwide. In 30 years at Tiffany & Co. she held various positions at the NY headquarters and in International markets. As President of Tiffany Japan, Vice President of Global Sales Operations, and in other roles, she built highly effective teams and 360º roadmaps that reinvented the client journey across the company’s retail branches, inclusive of sales and clienteling interactions, visual presentation, merchandising and omnichannel retail growth. Demay completed the Advanced Management Program at Columbia Business School for Executive Education.  She also holds certificates in Diamonds & Colored Gemestones from the Gemological Institute of America.  In 2022, Demay was awarded the prestigious Dame Chevalier status from the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, the 300-year-old official guild representing the champagne industry.

Ron Gee joined Shiseido Americas in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and assumed his current role as President & CEO in June 2021. Today, Gee is responsible for overseeing and managing the Americas organization and Shiseido Group’s brands and businesses in the US, Canada, and Latin America, including brand Shiseido, Clé de Peau Beauté, NARS Cosmetics, Drunk Elephant, Tory Burch Beauty, Issey Miyake, and Narciso Rodriguez. Concurrent with his CEO position, Gee also serves as Global Brand holder for the NARS, Drunk Elephant, and Tory Burch brands, as well as M&A Leader for Shiseido Group, a globalrole, directing all M&A activity for the company. Most recently, Gee led the acquisitions of Drunk Elephant and the license for Tory Burch Beauty. Prior to Shiseido, Gee served as Chief Financial Officer of the Americas for Coty, Inc., and in several financial leadership positions at L’Oréal. Gee received his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the New York University Stern Graduate School of Business and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University.

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The U.S.-Japan Women Leaders Initiative is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Japan Foundation, with additional leadership support provided by Morgan Stanley.

Business & Policy programs are generously supported by Japan Society Global Leaders & Corporate Partners.

Global Leaders

Corporate Partners

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • 6:30 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Free Event

Online registration for this event is closed. If you would like to register for the event, please contact the Business & Policy Forum at [email protected].