GIA to Hold Executive Training Programs

The Gemological Institute of America’s School of Business Executive Training Program is a five-day full-time to two-week evening intensive program in jewelry business, developed specifically for aspiring and mid-level managers who want to learn the fundamentals of building and leading a successful jewelry organization. This June, the ETP is being offered at GIA locations in New York, London, and Florence.

GIA’s ETP examines how leadership, strategy, finance, marketing, and operations work collectively to build and maintain a successful operation. For example, students learn how to differentiate their business in the marketplace, develop an effective advertising program, motivate staff members to enhance their performance, and conduct an internal system and process review. They take a critical look at what needs to be done now to move ahead in the future.

Giovanni Valencia, adjunct professor for GIA’s School of Business and instructor for the New York ETP this June, said the program takes place in an interactive and fast-paced environment, where students are encouraged to participate and bring their own industry perspective to the classroom.

The 2007 schedule for the ETP is as follows: at GIA New York on June 11–14 and June 18–21 (evenings); at GIA London on June 25–29 and Sept. 24–28; and at GIA Florence on July 9–13. A three-day management seminar will be held in Tokyo Oct. 2–4.

For more information about the ETP classes in New York, contact For details about the London ETP class, e-mail Contact ETP in Florence at For information about the seminar in Tokyo, call GIA Japan – Tokyo on 813-3835-7046.