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Thursday, October 25, 2018  
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Announcing Speaker Lineup and New Enhanced Event Website

Conclave 2019 is less than five months away. The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced the lineup of keynote and featured speakers who will motivate, invigorate, and generate laughter amongst all those who attend.

“Seattle is a unique and innovative city with such an amazing energy,” says Alexis Padis, CGA, Chair of the International Conclave Committee. “Our speakers are much like our host city in that way. This year’s Conclave has a wide variety of talent and leading experts, ready to infuse our members with invaluable information they can use in both their professional and personal lives.”

This year’s exceptional lineup includes:

Monday: The Opening Lunch kicks off with Dan Thurmon, a dynamic speaker, author, and performer. Dan is president of Motivation Works, Inc. and author of Success in Action. His one-of-a-kind presentation juxtaposes ideas with actions to inspire change. Dan delivers experiences that go beyond motivation to teach concepts and skills while engaging and entertaining the audience.

The featured speaker for Monday is Steve Gutzler. Steve’s exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and sales solutions with humor, clarity, and insight is why he is in such high demand. Steve believes every presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership.

 Dan Thurmon
Dan Thurmon
 Steve Gutzler
Steve Gutzler

Tuesday: Wake up ready to laugh and be entertained with the keynote breakfast speakers, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? Consider this the industry’s largest icebreaker! Colin and Brad are masters of improv and are going to perform with a live variation of their hit show, relying heavily on audience participation.

Best-selling author Kelly McDonald is Tuesday’s featured speaker. Kelly is a marketing and advertising expert whose company was twice named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age. Her presentation style is a mix of high content and high humor, and employs audience interaction to increase engagement and learning. Kelly is also a bestselling author.

 Colin Mochrie and Brad Serwood
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
 Kelly McDonald
Kelly McDonald

Wednesday: The Closing Session keynote and featured speaker for the day is Galen Emanuele. Internationally renowned, Galen works with teams to create a profound shift in how teams and people communicate and perform in business. His unique, interactive keynotes and programs teach organizations how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, and” to drive an exceptional team culture of high-level performance and engagement.

Funny man, Joel Zeff, returns for the fourth time as the emcee and is a past keynote and featured speaker at Conclave. Zeff is an acclaimed motivator, public speaker, humorist, and actor.

 Galen Emanuele
Galen Emanuele
Joel Zeff
Joel Zeff

Each featured speaker will teach both a morning and afternoon session. Additionally, there will be over 90 breakout sessions. Conclave will also feature 13 networking events where the AGS community can mingle and meet other like-minded professionals who share their mission of consumer protection, ongoing education, and high standards of business ethics.

The Early Bird rate of $799 is valid until January 23, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PST, and is applicable to all Full Event Conclave registrations. This special rate is made possible by a sponsorship from GIA. To receive the early bird discount, use promo code GIAEARLY19 on the checkout screen.


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Conclave 2019 MicrositeConclave Microsite

The AGS has also launched its first ever Conclave microsite at The microsite is easy to navigate, and has individual sections for speakers, events, education, sponsorships, and even a message chat for questions members can ask the staff.

The AGS is pleased to offer an Early Bird rate now through January 23, 2019, which is sponsored by GIA. This special rate is $799. After the deadline ends, regular registration will be $1,049.

“We greatly appreciate the GIA for their generous support and sponsorship of the American Gem Society,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. Additionally, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group will once again be this year’s Premier Sponsor at Conclave. “Because of the generous support from Jewelers Mutual, we are able to offer our members a memorable experience, that helps take their education to the next level while building business relationships through our networking events.”

The AGS will be making more announcements in the near future regarding breakout sessions, networking events and more.



Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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