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American Gem Society Accepting RFPs for Breakout Speakers at Conclave 2020

Thursday, June 6, 2019  
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The American Gem Society (AGS) is now accepting Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to present at the annual Conclave in Denver, CO, April 27-29, 2020.

The AGS is looking for presenters on a variety of topics:

  • Appraising
  • Business Management
  • Ethics
  • Gemology
  • Human Resources
  • In-Store Events
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Retail Innovation
  • Security
  • Sourcing
  • Succession Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Watches

The AGS plans to incorporate into its program, panel discussions, insider insights, sessions for varying educational levels (i.e. beginner, intermediate, advanced), and hands-on classes. AGS is seeking to incorporate timely topics on issues relevant to the jewelry industry, such as blockchain, laboratory-created diamonds, retail innovation, and consumer buying behaviors.

“Conclave is a continued success because of the diverse range of topics offered. It’s a core strength of our program and has helped make it the most trusted source of information on gemology and business in our industry,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories. “We take active measures to preserve this diversity, because it enriches the learning experience for our attendees.”

RFPs can be completed online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Conclave2020RFP.

Please submit your speaker Request for Proposal by August 9, 2019. Each submission will be reviewed and you will be notified by November 29, 2019 on the status of your submission.

If you have any questions, contact Irene Iwanylo, Education Services Specialist, at iiwanylo@ags.org. Please note, RFPs submitted after the deadline will not be considered for inclusion into Conclave 2020. To be considered as a presenter for Conclave 2020, an RFP is required.


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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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