AGS Announces Conclave 2015 Speaker Lineup


October 7, 2014

CONTACT:  Donna Jolly
Deputy Executive Director  
American Gem Society
702.255.6500 ext. 1018

AGS Announces Conclave 2015 Speaker Lineup
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October 7, 2014, Las Vegas. The American Gem Society announced today that football legend and four-time Super Bowl champion, Terry Bradshaw, will be the opening keynote speaker for Conclave 2015 in New Orleans, LA. Bradshaw will be joined by a wide variety of renowned business leaders and innovators in this year’s lineup.

Joining the elite lineup at Conclave is Steven Dubner, an award-winning author, journalist, radio and TV personality. Steven is the co-author of the International Bestseller Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. His latest book, Think Like a Freak, is on the New York Times Best Seller list. Another well-known keynote is the inspirational Diana Nyad. At age 64, Ms. Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. She has since become a prominent sports broadcaster, author and has earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker. Comedienne and business motivational speaker Connie Podesta rounds out the lineup. Ms. Podesta is a whirlwind of energy and business success, and loves nothing more than to help her audience get the most out of life.

Featured Speaker notables include:Joel Zeff, a national workplace expert, speaker, author and humorist. Joel will speak on “The Tao of Ta-Da” focusing on how to get the most out of your work and your life.  Colleen Francis has studied the habits of the top 10% of sales performers from organizations of all sizes for over 20 years and condensed it down to a winning formula and internationally acclaimed sales training system. Ms. Francis will be sharing it all in “Nonstop Sales Boom: Powerful Strategies to Drive Consistent Growth Year After Year.” One of America's most sought-after speakers, making over 250 appearances in the U.S. and Canada last year, Bryan Dodge, is returning to Conclave 2015 with a workshop on building successful teams.

Rob Bates, Senior Editor for JCK, will return as Emcee. “Rob’s knowledge of the Society and the industry, combined with his quick wit have made him a popular emcee with our membership; we definitely wanted him to return,” said Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories.

We are very proud to say that we are building on the momentum of a terrific Conclave in 2014 and we have carried that motivation over to our featured speakers in 2015,” said John Carter, Chair of the Society’s Conclave Committee. “We thought it was fitting that since New Orleans will be our host city that our lineup should be of Cajun proportions.  It will be big, bold, and like Mardi Gras . . . impossible to forget.” 

For more information on Conclave, contact the membership department at 866.805.6500 or email



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