Carlsbad Career Fair and
Open House



 

Come spend the afternoon at GIA's Career Fair, and be prepared to leave inspired and empowered. You'll have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from more than 30 gem and jewelry companies like 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 gemological library, and much more. The few hours you invest can translate into a future full of opportunities. Free for all job seekers and guests.

Day at a Glance - October 11, 2019

Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 am
Entrance

Welcome
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 am
Ocean Lawn Tent

Job Success in Today's Market – Panel Discussion
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Ocean Lawn Tent

Recruiting
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 pm
Rosy Blue Student Commons – First Floor

Creative Careers – Panel Discussion
10:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
S. Tasaki Student Lecture & Graduation Hall – Second Floor

Career Coaching
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ocean Lawn Tent
(appointment taking 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

Classroom Demonstrations
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Careers Fair Concludes
1:30 p.m.
 


Welcome

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 employers want when they’re looking to hire.

Moderator

Susan M. Jacques
President & CEO, GIA

Panelists

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 panelists to be announced
 


Creative Careers

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

Panelists

Jenny Luker
President, Platinum Guild International USA

Baba Blumkin
CEO, Luxe Jewelry and Loan

Alexandra Hart
Designer/Goldsmith, Alexandra Hart 

Additional Panelist to be announced


2019 Career 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 Gemologist (GG) 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 organizations, 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.