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Laugh While You Learn

Monday, December 31, 2018  
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One of the best icebreakers is laughter. Laughter helps us reduce stress, gain confidence, and can even make us more receptive to learning. This year’s keynote speakers will open your mind to new thoughts and ideas as you roll with laughter!


Dan Thurmon

Opening Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Monday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Embracing Change—Off Balance on Purpose
Dan Thurmon
Sponsored by: Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group

The concept of “Off Balance On Purpose” is central to Dan’s work and is all about initiating changes that lead to growth and results. He makes the case that we are in a perpetual stage of transition and the pursuit of perfect balance, while well intended, is out of sync with reality. The top performer must be off balance, biased toward shaping future events.

Dan illustrates this concept atop a six-foot unicycle, demonstrating how forward progress begins by leaning into the uncertainty. It is uncomfortable, at times, to launch yourself into the unknown, but it is absolutely necessary to drive results.

What does the title of this session mean?

  • You are off balance, and must be, in order to serve your customers, drive results, and improve your efforts.
  • “On purpose” has an intentional dual meaning: you are intentionally embracing the uncertainty and initiating changes, AND bringing a sense of purpose, or mission, to your efforts. A strong, compelling purpose will help you overcome challenges and attract advocates to your cause.


Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Scared Scriptless
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo

Armed with only their wits, Who’s Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the Conclave stage. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless with improv comedy made up of original scenes, songs, and whatever you—the audience—might ask them to do.

Warning: you might be asked to join the fun onstage. It’s a hilarious high wire act, just like a live version of their show. So, let’s lighten the mood at breakfast and get you ready for the rest of the day!


Galen Emanuele

Membership Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, April 10, 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Creating a “Yes, and” Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement
Galen Emanuele
Sponsored by: AGS Laboratories

We’ll begin this morning with the annual membership meeting to conduct the Society’s official business. The Society’s leadership will discuss new developments within the AGS community. Following the meeting, you’ll laugh and learn with this year’s closing keynote, Galen Emanuele.

Galen’s captivating presentations transform the way attendees show up and interact with everyone in their life and business. Participants gain the ability to implement the improv concept of “Yes, and” to strengthen communication, heighten leadership, and create a team culture of high-level performance and engagement.

This unforgettable experience will give participants actionable skills to permanently transform the way they contribute to the organization and lead their teams.


Click here to learn more about Conclave and to register!


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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