Carlsbad Career Fair

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Date: Friday, September 30, 2022
Location: GIA World Headquarters, Carlsbad, California

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 Tiffany & Co., Ben Bridge, Mark Schneider, Sterling Jewelers, and Zales. Listen to industry VIPs share their insights on the gem and jewelry industry and participate in a career coaching session. The few hours you invest can translate into a future full of opportunities. Career Fair is free for general attendees



Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from opening panel of gem and jewelry industry leaders.
  • Meet with recruiters promoting open job positions.
  • Consult with a career coach from a variety of industry sectors and profession.
  • Network with representative of prominent gem and jewelry companies, industry professionals, GIA Carlsbad staff and other attendees.


9:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.



  • Registration

  • Sign up for Career Coaching

10:00 a.m.  – 10:45 a.m.          Welcome & Keynote Address



  • Kimberly Overlin, Dean of Students, GIA

  • Susan Jacques, President and CEO, GIA

Keynote Speaker

  • Mark Buntz, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GIA

10:45 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.         Snack Break   
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Recruiting
11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Career Coaching

Make appointments from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Classroom Demonstrations


  • Gemology

  • Bench Jewelry

  • Jewelry Design

  • Computer-Aided Design

  • Jewelry Research and Production

  • Online Education Student Workroom     

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.               Snack Break   
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                State of the Industry Panel Discussion

  • Mark Smelzer – Chief Content Executive, Jewelers Mutual

  • Taylor Burgess – Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Stuller

  • Kathy Mizani – Head of Jewelry, eBay
  • Moderator: Richard Pesqueira – Vice President of Business Development in North America and Brands, GIA

All Day – Industry Association Information

3:30 p.m.                            Career Fair Concludes