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

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 am

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

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.


Jennifer Wilson
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GIA

Karen Basta
Vice 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.


Jennifer Wilson
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, 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 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.


Jenny Luker
President, Platinum Guild International USA

Baba Blumkin
President and Co-Founder, Luxe Jewelry and Loan

Wade Clar, Jr.
Director of Brand Development, Julez Bryant

Alexandra Hart
Designer/Goldsmith, Alexandra Hart 

Additional Panelist to be announced

2019 Career Fair Speakers

Speaker biographies coming soon