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.

Below are 2018 coaching categories, coaches and recommended topics and questions to discuss during your coaching session

Appraising

Gail Brett Levine
Executive Director
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
 
David Rotenberg
President
David Craig Jewelers

Questions to ask:
  • What do appraisers do?
  • How do I become an appraiser?
  • What is a career path for an appraiser?
  • What kind of education and training do I need?
 

Business Start Up and Entrepreneurship

Howard Hauben
President
H2 Events

Stephanie Blackman
Owner
Metalicious Meaningful Fine Jewelry

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

Matthew Tratner 
Director of Membership & Sales
JA
 
Cecilia Echeverri
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
ICA

Rick Bannerot
Advertising & Marketing Consultant
S&B Partners

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

Fallon Bock 
Diamond Quality Specialist
Leo Schachter Diamond Group

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

Deidre Featherstone
Designer
Featherstone Fine Jewelry
 
Ilaria Lanzoni 
Design Director
Hearts On Fire 

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

Courtney Carter
Director of Operations
Niru Group
 
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

Ed Peterson
Production Manager and Product Development
Kwiat

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 COMMUNICATIONS

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

Amy Curran
Merchandise Manager
Fortunoff Jewelry

Questions to ask:
  • What organizations should I join?
  • How important is networking?
  • How important is education and training?
 

Online Sales

Caitlyn Perlman 
Director of Customer Service
Adama Partners, LLC

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

Nina Dennis
Salon Director
Kwiat/Fred Leighton

Steven Fox
Owner
Steven Fox Jewelry

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?