NOLA or Bust: All About the American Gem Society’s Annual Conclave



AGS heads to The Big Easy for its annual ConclaveSixteen years ago, the American Gem Society held its Conclave in New Orleans. The theme, “Designing Your Profits,” focused on helping attendees achieve greater margins. This year, AGS returns to the Crescent City April 22–25 for more industry education at the New Orleans Marriott. While the theme has been updated—2015’s tagline is “Be Different. Be Distinctive. Be Here.”—you can bet boosting profit margins is still a No. 1 concern.To that end, organizers have lined up keynote speakers—four-time Super Bowl champ Terry Bradshaw, Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner, record-setting long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, and motivational speaker Connie Podesta—to inspire and inform attendees about overcoming obstacles.Session speakers, meanwhile, include some of the best and brightest people in the jewelry business, including des
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