New York Career Coaching




 

Having a face-to-face conversation with an industry veteran is an opportunity to get career 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.

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 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 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, business plan, insurance, and inventory?
  • 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

Terry Chandler
President/CEO
Diamond Council of America

 

Cecelia Echeverri
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
ICA

Questions to ask:

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

Career Insights from a New Professional

Daniel Wisner
Co-Founder
Matthias & Wisner

Questions to ask:

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

Colored Stones

Danielle Barber
Creative Director
Suna Bros., Inc.

Doug Hucker
CEO
AGTA

Questions to ask:

  • What are career opportunities in the colored stone sector?
  • What are good sources for colored stones?
  • How do you market colored 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.

Questions to ask:

  • What are some industry issues? Like 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 in the diamond industry?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?

Manufacturing

Sheahan Stephen
President
Sheahan Stephen Sapphires

Questions to ask:

  • What are the job opportunities in manufacturing?
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of working in 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 organizations 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 brick and mortar store compared to on-line?
  • 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 direct contact?

Retail

Brad Walker
Sales Manager
Shreve, Crump & Low

Nina Dennis
Salon Director
Kwiat

Questions to ask:

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