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Industry Notables Join Panel at GIA’s New York Jewellery Careers Fair

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Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO, will moderate the opening panel “Job Success in Today’s Market” during the GIA New York Jewellery Careers Fair on Monday, 25 July at the Javits Center.

Gem and jewellery’s largest recruiting event will take place on 25 July at the Javits Center

NEW YORK – 30 June 2016 – Prominent personalities from the gem and jewellery industry will join GIA at the Jacob Javits Center in New York for the Institute’s annual Jewellery Careers Fair on 25 July. The not-to-be-missed opening panel will feature industry veterans and rising stars, each with a unique and inspiring path to success. This leading industry event is free for jobseekers and open to the public; anyone interested in attending is urged to register prior to the event.
Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO, will open the event with a panel presentation on “Job Success in Today’s Market”. Rahul Kadakia, international head of jewellery for Christie’s; Steven Lagos, founder and chief creative director for LAGOS; Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group; Natalie Tjaden, recent GIA graduate and merchandising assistant for Jewelry Television; and Yancy Weinrich, senior vice president of Reed Jewelry Group, complete the line-up of speakers.
“We’re thrilled to have such a high calibre group of professionals serving as speakers at the GIA Jewellery Careers Fair in New York,” said Kathryn Kimmel, GIA senior vice president and chief marketing officer, and co-founder of the GIA Jewellery Careers Fair. “I encourage anyone with a passion for jewellery to come and hear about their incredible journeys in this dynamic industry. This event isn’t your average careers fair; it’s an opportunity to meet and network with professionals at the top of their game.”
Aspiring gem and jewellery professionals – including those in retail, design, marketing, human resources and manufacturing – will be able to meet with nearly 50 job recruiters and spend one-on-one time with career coaches during the event.
GIA’s New York Jewellery Careers Fair will take place from 8 am to 1 pm. on Monday, 25 July at the Javits Center during the JA New York show. Recruiting will occur from 10:15 am to 1 pm. The event is sponsored by JA New York. For more details, visit or email Follow @GIANews #JewelryJobs for updates.
GIA hosted its first Jewellery Careers Fair in 1991 in Santa Monica, Calif. Since then, the event has grown, connecting gem and jewellery companies with future employees at more than 60 events in India, Las Vegas, New York and the GIA world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. Following the New York event, the next GIA Carlsbad Jewellery Careers Fair will take place on Friday, 7 Oct. 

About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which today is recognised by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.