New York Career Fair

New York is the country’s diamond capital and an international gem and jewelry centre. The GIA Jewelry Careers Fair at the Javits Center is your chance to succeed in this luxury industry. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from more than 40 gem and jewelry companies such as Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Gemvara, De Beers, Almod Diamonds and David Yurman. Listen to industry VIPs share their insights on the trade, participate in a career coaching session and much more. It’s free to jobseekers, full of opportunities, and can put you on the path to a brighter professional future.

Day at a Glance - July 13, 2018

10:00 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 10:40 am

"Job Success in Today's Market"
10:40 am – 12:00 pm

12:15 am – 2:30 pm

Career Coaching
12:15 am – 2:30 pm
Sign up early (from 10:00 am – 10:30 am and 12:30 am - 2:00 pm) appointments are limited!

Careers Fair concludes
2:30 pm


Kathryn Kimmel
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, GIA

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 that employers want when they’re looking to recruit.


Susan M. Jacques
President and CEO, GIA


Fallon Bock
Diamond Quality Specialist
Leo Schachter Diamond Group

Wendy Brandes
Wendy Brandes Jewelry

Greg Kwiat
Chief Executive Officer

Joel Schechter
Chief Executive Officer

Additional Panelists to be Announced.

Career Fair Speakers

Additional 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 Gemmologist diploma in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Gemological 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 organisations, 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.


Kathryn Kimmel
Senior Vice President & CMO, GIA

A third-generation member of the jewelry industry, Kathryn Kimmel has acquired a broad range of experience from retail management, to marketing and branding for a jewelry manufacturer.

During her more than 27-year tenure at GIA, she has played a key role in shaping the Institute’s activities, philosophy and development, in addition to establishing its marketing policies and objectives. As co-founder of GIA’s Jewelry Careers Fair, she is responsible for its creation and development as the industry’s pre-eminent annual recruitment event. She currently oversees all domestic and international marketing, public relations, communications and outreach efforts for GIA.

A firm believer in service to the community and the industry, Kimmel has also contributed much of her free time and energy to many industry organisations.