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Focusing on the Future

Thursday, March 7, 2019  
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Conclave session in Nashville, 2018How do you focus on the future when you're so busy with the here and now? Conclave is here to help by offering sessions that will provide ideas on how to best plan for the future.

Here are three sessions that feature trending topics, such as how to effectively retain talent, exploring both available and emerging technologies, and a panel of industry mentors who will share their experiences and the lessons learned.


Human Resources: Retaining Talent
Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership
Featured Speaker, Steve Gutzler, Leadership Quest
Monday, April 8 / 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Don’t wait for that promotion! Start leading now—right where you are! You can make a difference!

The most effective way to make an impact in work is to make an impact on individual people. In this presentation, Steve empowers you to become a potent and positive influence in the lives of those around you without using a position or title. This is done through “pouring your life into other people” with intentional skills around self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, emotional connections and social skills. Gain valuable insights on how to develop your influence and make actionable bottom-line results.


Human Resources and Retail Innovation: Retaining Talent and Technology
Mentor Panel
Marc Nanasi, RS; Michael Richards, CG; Yancy Weinrich, and Ronnie VanderLinden
Monday, April 8 / 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The American Gem Society is rich with passionate professionals who have a wealth of knowledge to share. This year’s session will incorporate veteran industry members from across different areas of the industry, all of whom are AGS Board members and are eager to share experiences and lessons they’ve learned. They will be at your fingertips in this session so come prepared with questions!


Retail Innovation: Technology
Enhanced Retail Customer Experiences
Kris Doane, PC Next/Pac Team Group
Tuesday, April 9 / 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Explore currently available and emerging technologies that create engaging customer experiences within a retail environment. For example, sensor technologies such as RFID, and cameras that are typically used for inventory and security, can now drive augmented reality and interactive content to delight your customers. Technology cannot exist in a vacuum. It must be adapted to fit your brand image and strengthen your relationship with your customers.


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.

American Gem Society