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2011 Conclave Speakers & Topics

October 28, 2010

The AGS Announces New Speakers for 2011 Conclave Sessions Focus on Building Bridges and Peer Support

Las Vegas - San Francisco is famous for being a city that built bridges to its Bay Area neighbors. It's only fitting, then, that the 2011 Conclave, held in San Francisco, has a theme that suggest building bridges through peer support. With the announcement of two additional two keynote speakers to its Conclave line-up of illustrious national-level talent, Conclave is shoring up its own bridge to success.

Jim Abbott will address the AGS membership on "ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity." In this inspirational presentation, AGS members will hear not only how they can mold themselves to the challenges that come their way, but will learn how to use five specific words (Using ADAPT as an acronym) as incredible strategies and apply them to any aspect of their lives.

Jim has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Jim, who was born without a right hand, has gone on to win numerous achievements in sports, including baseball's Sullivan Award (best amateur athlete in the United States), male athlete of the year for the 1988 Olympic Games, and many awards at Michigan including the Jesse Owens Athlete of the year.

World renowned explorer and National Geographic writer, Dan Buettner has traveled across the globe to discover Blue Zones: hotspots of human health and vitality. His keynote address incorporates National Geographic images that will take members into the world's four Blue Zones, and show them how to get more life from their years and more years from their life.

Dan is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way. Buettner is an internationally recognized explorer who founded Blue Zones - a project that researches the world's best practices in health, happiness and longevity and shares that information to help people live longer, better.

"AGS Members are always looking at new opportunities and tools that help them stay at the top of their game," said Ruth Batson, Executive Director and CEO of the American Gem Society. "Not only will these keynote speakers offer advice that members can apply to their business lives, but their own lives. We want them to not only grow as business leaders, but to walk away from this Conclave feeling enriched and energized, and apply what they've learned in every aspect of their working, family and social relationships. It's all about building bridges to our future, and with the help of our peers!"

The American Gem Society Conclave will be held in San Francisco April 27th - 30th at The Westin St. Francis in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square. More announcements regarding the program for the 2011 Conclave are forthcoming over the next few months.

About The American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is an international professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than five percent of jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership.

For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866.805.6500.