GIA Adds More Speakers for Career Fair

The Gemological Institute of America on Sept. 13 announced additional panelists that will speak at its Jewelry Career Fair and Open House on Oct. 21 at the institute’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. 

Peggy Jo Donahue, director of public affairs for MJSA, will moderate “From Design to Finish,” a panel of high-end jewelry designers who will share their stories of success and offer tips to aspiring designers. The panelists include: Erica Courtney, president, Erica Courtney; Alishan Halebian, owner/designer, Alishan; and Katey Brunini, owner/designer, K. Brunini Jewels.

That panel will be followed by “Creative Careers,” which will be moderated by Mark Smelzer, publisher, JCK and Panelists will include: Douglas Hucker, chief executive officer, American Gem Trade Association; Amy Helein, salvage specialist, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Steve Mindel, managing partner, head of business transactions department, Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein; and Chris George, store manager for Van Cleef & Arpels.

“Given the current economic climate, we think this year’s Career Fair is more important and relevant than ever,” Kathryn Kimmel, GIA vice president, chief marketing officer, and co-founder of the GIA Career Fair, said in a statement.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and registration is free. The agenda will feature on-site recruiting, one-on-one career coaching, panel discussions, classroom demonstrations, and gem and jewelry exhibits.


JCK News Director