Carlsbad Careers Fair and
Open House


Come and spend the afternoon at GIA's Careers Fair, and be prepared to leave inspired and empowered. You'll have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from more than 30 gem and jewellery companies including Leo Hamel, Ben Bridge, Mark Schneider, Sterling Jewelers and Zales. Listen to industry VIPs share their insights on the trade and participate in a career coaching session. Learn about GIA course offerings, explore the campus, view museum exhibits, visit the world's largest gemmological library and much more. The few hours you invest can translate into a future full of opportunities. Free for all jobseekers and guests.

Day at a Glance - 11 October 2019

8.00 am – 8.30 am

8.30 am – 8.40 am
Ocean Lawn Tent

Job Success in Today's Market – Panel Discussion
8.45 am – 10.00 am
Ocean Lawn Tent

10.00 am – 1.30 pm
Rosy Blue Student Commons – First Floor

Creative Careers – Panel Discussion
10.30 am –12.00 pm
S. Tasaki Student Lecture & Graduation Hall – Second Floor

Career Coaching
11.00 am – 1:30 p.m.
Ocean Lawn Tent
(appointment making 8.00 – 8.30 am and 11.15 am – 1.15 pm)

Classroom Demonstrations
11.00 am – 1:30 p.m.

Careers Fair Concludes
1.30 pm


Sylvia Raz
President, The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California

Job success in today’s market

Hear what leading industry executives have to say about what it takes to succeed in today’s market. Learn how industry trends are creating job opportunities. Gain insight and guidance about the skills and expertise that employers want when they’re looking to recruit.


Susan M. Jacques
President & CEO, GIA


Douglas K. Hucker
Chief Executive Officer, American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)  

Cathy Calhoun
Owner, Calhoun Jewelers

Mitchell Binder
President, King Baby

Meghan Simmons
Director of Operations, Omi Privé 

Additional panellists to be announced

Creative careers

The gem and jewellery industry is filled with creative careers, and industry professionals give glimpses into some of the more interesting ones. You’ll also hear how the power of creativity enlivens any endeavour – from jewellery design to reinventing yourself, from starting a business to making a dream career, and more.


Jenny Luker
President, Platinum Guild International USA

Baba Blumkin
CEO, Luxe Jewelry and Loan

Alexandra Hart
Designer/Goldsmith, Alexandra Hart 

Additional Panellist to be announced

2019 Careers Fair Speakers

Speaker biographies coming soon
Susan M. Jacques
President & CEO, GIA
 Susan M. Jacques became GIA’s president and CEO in January 2014. She received her GIA Graduate Gemmologist diploma in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Early in her career, Jacques joined Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts in Omaha, Nebraska. Jacques was appointed president and CEO in 1994 by Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which had acquired Borsheim’s in 1989. She is active in several trade organisations, is a board member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and has served on the boards of Creighton University, Jewelers of America and Jewelers for Children. She joined the GIA Board of Governors in 1996 and was chair from 2008 until 2014.