May 1-3, 2023   |    Louisville, KY

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Schedule of Events

What’s happening this year at Conclave? A lot! Leading keynote and featured speakers will inspire, motivate, and give you practical advice to use in your business and career. Our networking events are a chance to meet industry icons, connect with business professionals who can become future collaborators, or an opportunity to meet a Gem Bestie. We have a spectacular lineup of breakout sessions planned, too, covering the topics and issues crucial to jewelry professionals.

Schedule at a Glance

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

CGA Program: Appraisals I Lecture

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

CGA Program: Practical Appraisal of Jewelry Items

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

New Member Reception

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Mentor Mixer

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

AGS Guilds Party

6:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m.

JFC Rings of Strength Charity 5K

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

CGA Program: Appraisal II Lecture & CGA Theory Exam

9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Professional Headshots

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Networking Break

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Andre Agassi

2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Terri Sjodin

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Terri Sjodin

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

AGS Suppliers’ Showcase & Reception

9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Trivia Night brought to you by the Young Titleholders

8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Liz Forkin Bohannon

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Featured Speaker: Seth Mattison

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Networking Break

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Seth Mattison

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Robert M. Shipley Award® Luncheon

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Breakfast Keynote Speaker: The Passing Zone

10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Featured Speaker: Jess Pettitt

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Networking Break

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Jess Pettitt

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Titleholders Luncheon

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Education Breakout Sessions

7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

President’s Party

Education Tracks

During the Education Breakout Sessions outlined in the Schedule-at-a-Glance above, the following education tracks and topics will be covered at this year’s Conclave in various formats, from two-hour hands-on gemological labs to one-hour panel sessions or lectures. The exact sessions will be announced in January 2023!

Gemology

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Gemology Sessions
  • Innovations in the gems and gemstones trade
  • Technology advancements, including digital reports and diamond verification instruments
  • Gemstone specific science, including diamonds and Montana sapphires

GIA will be providing the following hands-on sessions:

  • Inclusions in Synthetic Gems
  • Fluorescence and Diamond Appearance
  • Identifying Laboratory-grown Diamonds
  • Jewelry Forensics

NEW THIS YEAR! In addition to providing hands-on sessions, GIA will present the following lectures:

  • Color Instability in Sapphires: An Update
  • Fostering Sustainability in the Gem & Jewelry Industry Through Education and Traceability
  • Superdeep Diamonds and Their Significance as Gemstones
  • The Challenges of Determining Diamond Geographic Origin
  • The Current Laboratory-Grown Diamond Market
  • The Value Factors of Jadeite Jade

Appraisals

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Appraisal Sessions
  • AGS Standards for Appraisals, Reports, and Gemological Services
  • 40 years of gem pricing and beyond
  • Antique jewelry
  • Colored gem grading and pricing
  • Strategies for quickly identifying antique jewelry, specifically maker, country of origin, and more

Business Management

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Business Management Sessions
  • State of the diamond, and colored gemstone and pearl industries
  • Managerial and financial accounting, including inventory management and buying and selling strategies
  • Leadership including building a team that works, behavioral training, and managerial strategies
  • Trends and statistics in security and loss prevention
  • Talent acquisition, training, and retention strategies
  • Business succession planning

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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DEI Sessions
  • Transformative power of gemstone mining on local communities
  • Women in leadership
  • Sustainability strategies

Jewelry Manufacturing/Design

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Jewelry Manufacturing/Design Sessions
  • Watch mechanics, and buying, selling and appraising strategies
  • Jewelry triage
  • State of the Men’s jewelry market
  • Wearable technology

Legal and Compliance

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Legal and Compliance Sessions
  • Legal updates
  • Security for traveling salespersons
  • Store burglaries and safe attacks

Marketing

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Marketing Sessions
  • Creating content and videos, including social media strategies
  • Building brand presence and storytelling
  • Forecasting the customer experience
  • Social media trends and strategies, including tips TikTok

Product and Services

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Product and Services Sessions
  • Solutions for your repair business
  • Innovative sales solutions
  • The future of diamond grading

Sales

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Sales Sessions
  • Emotional intelligence in sales
  • Store experience and merchandising
  • Generational based selling strategies, including decoding personality types
  • Buying, selling, and inventory strategies for diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls, and vintage jewelry
  • Post-sales strategies