Conclave 2019  •  April 8-10, 2019  •  Register Today!

Conclave has several great events for you to choose from, including our dynamic general sessions. Scroll down to see our 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 catch up with old friends and make news ones!

Sunday, April 7

Mentor Mixer / 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Unpack your bags and head over to the Mentor Mixer, located inside the Seattle Grand Sheraton. This annual event is a great way to kick off Conclave.

At the Mentor Mixer, you’ll learn more about the AGS Mentor Program and will find out how you can participate as either a mentor or mentee. You’ll also have the chance to discuss opportunities in your business with other members.

There will be appetizers and libations. Start Conclave on a high note. Don’t miss the Mentor Mixer!

AGS Guilds Party / 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

There is more fun to enjoy following the Mentor Mixer. Join your fellow Guildies for the annual Conclave Guild party. Network with members of your Guild, or other regional Guilds. This is a great chance to make new friends!

Enjoy appetizers and an open bar.

Monday, April 8

Professional Headshots / 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Need a professional headshot? The Young Titleholders understand how important a great photo can be in your career. They are offering a day of headshots in the Networking Area during Conclave—for free! This is a great opportunity to get a professional photo of yourself!

sponsored byPlatinum Guild

Opening Keynote Speaker/ 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Finally, it’s show time! The event you’ve been waiting for all year starts with a fast-paced opening session. You’ll hear from the AGS Board of Directors President, John Carter, CGA, and Katherine Bodoh, RJ, CEO, AGS and AGS Laboratories, as well as our dynamic Opening Keynote speaker, Dan Thurmon. For more on Dan, see his bio on the Speakers page.

sponsored byPlatinum Guild

AGS Suppliers’ Reception, Showcase, and Gemstone Gallery / 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This popular event is a Conclave Opening Night tradition! What better way to top off the first day of Conclave than being surrounded by incredible jewelry, a sumptuous buffet, and fabulous friends and colleagues! It’s your chance to get a close look at the gems and jewelry from the best suppliers in the industry, AGS Suppliers!

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.

Hearts on Fire Trivia Night brought to you by the AGS Young Titleholders / 9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Hearts On Fire is proud to present the 2019 AGS Young Titleholders Trivia Night! Following the Suppliers’ Showcase and Reception, all AGS members and guests are invited to SPIN, a fun and funky Seattle social club that pays homage to ping pong—a game that transcends age, gender, and boundaries—which is an apropos venue and vibe for what the Young Titleholders represent!

Hearts On Fire will bring the food, libations, and trivia questions. Members of the Young Titleholders Steering Committee and Hearts On Fire will be the Trivia Masters. All that’s needed is you, so don’t miss out on this high-energy evening of friendly competition!

sponsored byHears On Fire

Tuesday, April 9

Breakfast Keynote / 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Wake up and laugh! Tuesday’s Keynote will feature Colin and Brad from Whose Line Is It Anyway? For more information, see their bio under Speakers.

sponsored byWells Fargo

Titleholders Luncheon / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Nothing shows your commitment to consumer protection and business ethics more than your AGS title. Join us in acknowledging all credentialed members of the Society at the annual Titleholders Luncheon.

AGS titleholders have stood out among other jewelers in the industry as credentialed professionals. These credentials set AGS jewelers apart by demonstrating their commitment to continuing education and superior business ethics. This is an important event during Conclave; a time when we come together to celebrate the embodiment of the American Gem Society’s mission: the Society’s titleholders!

At this don’t-miss event, 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.

sponsored byAGTA

Coffee and Dessert Break / 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take a moment, mingle, recharge and have something sweet at one of our afternoon breaks.

sponsored byWells Fargo

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 colleagues and industry peers, discuss your Conclave experiences thus far, and share a few laughs.

sponsored byMartin Flyer

Wednesday, April 10

Membership Breakfast and Closing Keynote / 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Join us for the annual Membership Breakfast, where we will conduct the Society’s official business. You’ll hear from leadership within the AGS on new developments, and have an opportunity to vote on the AGS Board of Directors for the upcoming year. We’ll also honor those Board of Director members who have served their term and are rolling off of the Board.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll hear from our closing keynote speaker, Galen Emanuele. To learn more about Galen, visit our Speakers page.

Robert M. Shipley Award® Luncheon / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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 significant contributions paved the way for a more honorable, dignified and professional jewelry industry.

The first Robert M. Shipley award was given in 1968 in honor of our founder. In the years following, it’s grown to become the most revered recognition in not just the American Gem Society, but one of the most honored recognitions in our industry.

Today, anyone who has ever been to Conclave knows that in the days leading up to the Shipley Award Luncheon, the buzz at Conclave is always on this singular question: Who is this year’s winner?

Be a part of this historic and important event, as the American Gem Society unveils the recipient of the 2019 Robert M. Shipley Award.

sponsored byGIA

Coffee and Dessert Break / 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take a moment, mingle, recharge and have something sweet at one of our afternoon breaks.

sponsored byWells Fargo

President’s Party / 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The President’s Party is the ultimate celebration after three days of engaging education and non-stop networking. Every Conclave has a President’s Party that’s even better than the year before: expect no less in Seattle!

This is a party you won’t want to miss! You’re invited to enjoy great food, refreshing libations, live music and dancing. Grab old friends—and new—for some photo booth shenanigans, which is always a wonderful way to commemorate Conclave!

sponsored byCenturion