Jewelry Industry Summit Announces Speakers, Poster Sessions

The summit, which will take place in New York City in March, will focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing

The Jewelry Industry Summit, the open forum on sustainability and responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry, has announced the roster of speakers and poster sessions ahead of conference’s March 11–13 debut in New York.

The conference is designed primarily an interactive, working meeting with small and large discussions led by facilitators. A limited number of speakers have been scheduled to “share information to help the group gain insight on what constitutes a responsible sourcing program at the current time,” according to a statement.

Announced speakers include:

— Anna Bario, co-owner of the responsibly sourced designer jewelry brand Bario Neal

— Stewart Grice, vice president of the supplier Hoover and Strong

— A representative from sustainable designer brand Melissa Joy

— Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) executive director Dorothée Gizenga

— Erik Jens, CEO of ABN AMRO’s international diamond and jewelry group

— Maria Gorsuch-Kennedy, principal program manager, global products operations sustainability for Dell

The conference will also host poster sessions during the event. Confirmed presenters include:

— Alliance for Responsible Mining

— Columbia Gem House

— Diamond Development Initiative

— Diamond Empowerment Fund

— Elevate

— Ethical Metalsmiths

— Hoover and Strong

— Martello Risk

— Responsible Jewellery Council

— Richline Group

— Underwriters Laboratories

— United States Council for International Business

“For industry members who feel that their views have been ignored, for those who are frustrated and angry about current responsible sourcing systems, this is your chance to speak up and be heard,” said Edward Boehm, president and CEO of Rare Source, who is a member of the Jewelry Industry Summit planning committee.

“The summit is organized to hear all viewpoints, from miners to retailers,” said Barbara Wheat, executive vice president of the Natural Color Diamond Association, also on the planning committee.

More information, including registration details, can be found at jewelryindustrysummit.com.