Events

Conclave is filled with memorable events, including our dynamic general sessions. Scroll down to see an overview of what is planned for each day. Enjoy mingling with other members of the outstanding AGS community; these events are a great opportunity to begin building relationships in the AGS! All events will take place at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel and exact locations will be available in the mobile app once launched.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24

NEW MEMBER RECEPTION / 4:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

New to the American Gem Society (AGS) community? Then make plans to arrive at Conclave in time for the New Member Reception. You’ll meet so many new members, from newcomers like you, to our AGS Board of Directors, and the AGS team.

After the reception, the fun continues at the Mentor Mixer and the annual Guilds Party.

Please note that this event is open for members that joined the community after September 2021.

MENTOR MIXER / 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Once you check in and unpack, come to the Mentor Mixer. This annual event kicks off Conclave in true AGS fashion—mingling with your friends and making new ones!

You’ll learn more about the AGS Mentor Program and find out how to participate as either a mentor or mentee. Interested in enrolling in the program ahead of time? Click here.

There will be appetizers and libations. Don’t miss the Mentor Mixer!

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AGS GUILDS PARTY / 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

The fun continues after the Mentor Mixer! Join the “Guildies” for the annual Guilds party. The Regional Guilds are groups of members organized for area meetings throughout the year. Guild meetings provide opportunities for educational programs and discussions on matters of mutual interest.

During this networking event, attendees can learn more about the positive impacts that participating in your local Guild can have on your career. Plus, you can explore starting your own Guild if there isn’t one in your area. This is a great chance to make new friends!

There will be appetizers and libations.

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MONDAY, APRIL 25

JFC RINGS OF STRENGTH CHARITY 5K / 6:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

Rise and Sparkle! Join Jewelers for Children (JFC) for the Conclave edition of JFC’s Rings of Strength 5K.

Rings of Strength has helped raise over $350,000 for JFC, and in 2022, they will be holding their premier event in four cities, including Oklahoma City, OK at Conclave. Each event features a 5K route that you can walk, jog, or run—whatever you desire!

Start the first day of Conclave 2022 on the right foot (or the left) and help raise money for children in need.

Sarah Nanasi Russell, CG

PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS / 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The Young Titleholders understand how important a good headshot can be in your career. That is why they are offering a day of headshots in the Networking Area during Conclave—for free! Take advantage of this offer and get a professional photo of yourself!

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OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER / 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

The event you’ve been waiting for all year starts with an entertaining and informative opening session. Joel Zeff returns as our emcee, so prepare to laugh!  You’ll also hear from the AGS International Board of Directors President, Michael Richards, CG, and Katherine Bodoh, RJ, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories, as well as our captivating Opening Keynote speaker, Marcus Lemonis! For more on Marcus, see his bio on the Keynote Speakers page.
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COFFEE AND DESSERT BREAK / 2:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Don’t forget to take a break! The afternoon Coffee and Dessert breaks are a great chance to grab a bite or a cup of coffee,and relax while you mingle! Located in the networking area, these breaks give you the opportunity to visit the networking booths and thank your vendors for their support of Conclave. Have a sweet time recharging before the next session!

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AGS SUPPLIERS’ SHOWCASE AND RECEPTION / 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

This event has the key ingredients for a great time: great food, great people, and great jewelry! Join us for the AGS Suppliers’ Showcase and Reception, and get a close look at the gems and jewelry from AGS Suppliers, aka, the best of the best the industry offers!

Attention Suppliers: Showcasing at the event is a great way to share your products with a captivated audience of AGS members. Click here to learn more and enroll today.

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TRIVIA NIGHT BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE AGS YOUNG TITLEHOLDERS / 9:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.

Put your knowledge to the test and join the AGS Young Titleholders for a night of trivia. Every year, the event is an exhilarating mixture of competition and full-throttle laughter as teams vie for this Trivia Night title. Everyone is welcome!

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26

BREAKFAST KEYNOTE / 8:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Start the day with game-changing ideas, motiviation, and empowerment! Monday’s keynote will be Molly Fletcher. For more information, see her bio under Keynote Speakers.

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ROBERT M. SHIPLEY AWARD® LUNCHEON / 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Join us for Shipley Luncheon, one of the Society’s most time-honored traditions. Robert M. Shipley, founder of both the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America, is the father of organized gemological research and education in the United States. His vision: professionalize the jewelry industry through ethics, education and credentials.

Since the first award was given in 1968, The Shipley Award has grown to become the most revered recognition in the American Gem Society, as well as our industry.

Be a part of this historic and important event, as the American Gem Society unveils the recipient of the 2022 Robert M. Shipley Award.

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COFFEE AND DESSERT BREAK / 2:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Conclave is a fast-paced schedule jammed into three days, so a little break is needed! Located in the networking area, grab a bite of something sweet, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy a few minutes to talk to other members of the community. Visit the networking booths and thank your vendors for their support of Conclave. Ask them to tell you how they can assist with your business needs!

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HAPPY HOUR / 5:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.

Come wet your whistle before you paint the town! Enjoy beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages while you meet up with old and new friends, recall your Conclave experiences so far and, share a few laughs. 

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TOUR THE 2021 AMERICA’S COOLEST JEWELRY STORE / 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

BC Clark invites Conclave attendees to tour their Classen Curve location, named 2021 “America’s Coolest Jewelry Store” by INSTORE magazine!

Attendees can enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and light snacks (cash bar also available), sponsored by Precision Set, while touring the new 16,900 sq ft store Tuesday, April 26 between 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Reservations for this event were requested and are now closed. 

Please note that shuttle transportation to and from the BC Clark event will be provided (15-minute ride). Two shuttles will be traveling to and from the Omni from 5:45-7:45pm.

THINGS TO DO IN OKC

We reached out to Mitchell Clark, CG, who sits on the AGS International Board of Directors, and asked him and his team at BC Clark Jewelers in OKC for their advice on where to go and what to do. They gave us an extensive list with a short review of each!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST AND CLOSING KEYNOTE / 8:00 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Join us for the annual Membership Breakfast. We will conduct the Society’s official business, and you’ll l hear from leadership within the AGS on information important to the AGS community. Conclave’s Closing Keynote, Cameron Hughes, will energize, uplift, and inspire you! To learn more about Cameron, visit our Keynote Speakers page.
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TITLEHOLDERS LUNCHEON / 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Join us in recognizing our new and milestone credentialed members of the Society at the annual Titleholders Luncheon!

AGS titleholders stand out among other industry jewelers as credentialed professionals. Credentials set members apart by demonstrating their commitment to continuing education and superior business ethics.

We will also present awards for the Young Titleholder of the Year, our annual Guild of the Year Award, the Sallie Morton Award, and the John J. Kennedy Award.

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COFFEE AND DESSERT BREAK / 2:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Java time! Head to the networking area where you can enjoy dessert, friends (old and new), and visit the networking booths. It’s a short but sweet opportunity to relax before your next class begins!

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PRESIDENT’S PARTY / 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

When Wednesday night rolls around, don’t hit the road just yet. There is still more fun to experience!

Get your kicks on Route 66 as the President’s Party is transformed into a classic roadside diner, complete with all your favorite (fine) diner favorites!

Dress casually or dress the part! Think carhops or diner servers, white t-shirt, jeans, and leather jackets, capri pants, or pedal pushers paired with a summery top and neck scarf.

Need more inspiration? Here are some notable movies filmed on Route 66 that may spark a few ideas.

Join us at the President’s Party for great food, spirits and libations, live music, dancing, and best of all, amazing memories!

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