New York Career Coaching




 


Having a face-to-face conversation with an industry veteran is an opportunity to get careers advice that empowers. We’ll pair you with a coach who most closely matches your area of interest. You’ll have 15 minutes to ask questions, get advice and insights. 

2020 careers fair coaches to be announced soon. Below is a list of the coaches from 2019.

2019 Press Release
2019 Careers Fair Programme

Auction

Karen Sampieri
President
KS Sampieri

Questions to ask:

  • What kinds of opportunities are available in an auction house?
  • What kind of education and training do I need to work in auctions?

Appraising

Gail Brett Levine
Executive Director
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

 

David Rotenberg
President
David Craig Jewelers

Questions to ask:

  • What kinds of opportunities are available in an auction house?
  • What kind of education and training do I need to work in auctions?

Business Start Up and Entrepreneurship

Howard Hauben
CEO
Centurion Shows and H2 Events

 

Barry S. Block
The Jewelry Judge

Questions to ask:

  • How do I start my own business?
  • What do I need to start a business: a business plan, insurance and stock?
  • What are the challenges of starting a business?
  • How do I market my business?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Career Information

Regina Ciarleglio
Director of Membership
Jewelers of America

Terry Chandler
President/CEO
Diamond Council of America

 

Cecilia Echeverri
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
ICA

Questions to ask:

  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewellery industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • What possibilities are there for advancement?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Career Insights from a New Professional

Daniel Wisner
Assistant Technical Designer
Alexis Bittar

Questions to ask:

  • What kinds of opportunities are available in the gem and jewellery industry?
  • How do I get started?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Coloured Stones

Danielle Barber
Creative Director
Suna Bros., Inc.

Doug Hucker
CEO
AGTA

Questions to ask:

  • What career opportunities are there in the coloured stone sector?
  • What are good sources for coloured stones?
  • How do you market coloured stones?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Design

Lisa Nikfarjam
President
Lisa Nik, Inc.

Deirdre Featherstone
Designer
Featherstone Fine Jewelry

Questions to ask:

  • How do I sell and market my designs?
  • Should I work for myself or for a design house?
  • What is product placement, and what is its value?
  • How do I find out what’s hot in design?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Diamonds

Ronnie Vanderlinden
President
Diamex Inc.

Courtney Carter
Director of Operations
Niru NY

Questions to ask:

  • What are the industry's issues? Treatments and trends?
  • How is the wholesale diamond market different from the retail market?
  • How do I get started in the diamond industry?
  • What career opportunities are there in the diamond industry?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Manufacturing

Sheahan Stephen
President
Sheahan Stephen Sapphires

Questions to ask:

  • What job opportunities are there in manufacturing?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working for a large/small manufacturer?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Marketing and PR

Peggy Jo Donahue
Owner
DONAHUE COMMUNICATONS

Michelle Orman
President
Last Word Communications

Questions to ask:

  • How do I get started in the marketing/PR business?
  • How does product placement work?
  • How do I look for a marketing/PR person?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Networking for Business

Cindy Chandler
Consultant
Diamond Council of America

Questions to ask:

  • What organisations should I join?
  • How important is networking?
  • How important is education and training?

Online Sales

Tim Matthews
President
JTV

Questions to ask:

  • What kind of education and training do I need?
  • What is the difference between working in a bricks-and-mortar shop compared to working for an online business?
  • Will I be working with clients directly?
  • Do I need to source the items that are sold? 
  • Is most of the work accomplished via e-mail, phone or face-to-face contact?

Retail

Brad Walker
Sales Manager
Shreve, Crump & Low

Nina Dennis
Salon Director
Kwiat

Karen Janowski
Sales
Tiffany & Co.

Questions to ask:

  • What is the difference between working in a chain store/independent jeweller?
  • What hours should I expect to work?
  • Do you have any tips for working with consumers?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?