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
8 am – 8.30 am
8.30 am – 8.40 am
"Job Success in Today's Market"
8.40 am – 10 am
10.15 am – 1 pm
10.15 am – 1 pm
Sign up early (from 8 am – 8.30 am and 10.30 am - 12.45 pm) appointments are limited!
Careers Fair concludes
The list of panelists for 2018 career fair will be available closer to the event date - below you can view the panelist lineup for 2017 career fair.
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
Director of Retail Development
Founder and Editorial Director
Technical Product Development
Signet Jewelers Ltd
President and CEO
Leo Schachter Diamond Group
Regina Ciarleglio is an executive with more than 25 years of experience in the watch and jewelry industry. She began her career at Cartier, and has since held positions at Swiss Army Brands, Gucci and GE Capital. Ciarleglio is currently the director of retail development for Worthy, Inc., an online marketplace for buying and selling diamonds.
Regina serves on the board of the Women’s Jewelry Association, and has served as a board member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Regina has also served as a consultant in the watch and jewelry industry in the areas of finance and career development.
Regina earned her Graduate Diamonds and AJP diplomas from GIA, and is working to complete her Graduate Gemologist diploma.
Marion Fasel is founder and editorial director of TheAdventurine.com, an online magazine that launched on 31 May 2016. The e-pub is a reflection of Marion’s work over the last 20 years as a jewelry editor, author and expert.
Before founding TheAdventurine.com, Marion was responsible for InStyle’s award-winning jewelry and watch coverage for almost two decades. She has also written eight books on the history of twentieth-century jewelry, including: Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style; Hollywood Jewels: Movies, Jewelry, Stars; and the Bulgari Serpenti Collection. Marion has consulted, curated and contributed to numerous exhibitions including Cartier & Aldo Cipullo: New York City in the '70s and Hollywood Jewels, which was staged at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Signet Jewelers Ltd.
Mary Feliciano received her Graduate Gemologist diploma, Jewelry Design certificate and Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry certificate from GIA in 2014. She became a fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain in 2016. In addition, she has studied bench jewelry at the Revere Academy and with a number of master jewelers.
In 2015 and 2016, Mary won the International Pearl Design Competition Fashion Award from the Cultured Pearl Association of America. Her winning piece was exhibited at the American Gem Trade Association and JCK shows. Mary’s designs have been published in Illustrado Magazine in Dubai, ReFashion Book, Tantalum Magazine and Belle Armoire Jewelry.
Mary continues to follow her passion for jewelry, gemology and design. She currently works in Technical Product Development for Signet Jewelers Ltd.
Jewelers of America
Amanda Gizzi is the Director of Public Relations & Events for Jewelers of America (JA), a non-profit trade association serving the fine jewelry marketplace. With its primary mission being promoting consumer confidence, JA is a unique resource for trend forecasting, industry information, statistics, gift giving ideas, up-and-coming designers and shopping tips. As a nationally recognised industry spokesperson, Gizzi appears regularly on television morning shows, is quoted in magazines, and is an authority on fine jewelry and watch trends. She recently won the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Award for Excellence in Marketing/Communications.
Gizzi is a graduate of St John’s University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. She was also a Big East Academic All American and captain of the St John’s University volleyball team. She is President of the Women’s Jewelry Association New York Metropolitan Chapter. She lives on Long Island with her husband and their two children.
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.
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.
Hank Siegel is president of Hamilton Jewelers of Princeton and Palm Beach. Under his direction, Siegel has grown the business to include Hamilton for Business (offering business recognition gifts); Hamilton Insignia (producing and selling insignia and commemorative pieces for military and lineage societies); H1912 (selling authentic vintage luxury); and more.
Siegel earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emory University in Atlanta, an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management and a Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA. He has served on GIA’s Board of Governors; the Jewelry Information Center, Jewelers of America and Jewelers for Children’s Boards of Directors; and the JCK Show and Couture Show Advisory Boards.
Leo Schachter Diamond Group
After graduating from New York’s Yeshiva University, Tannenbaum joined the Leo Schachter Diamond Group. Since that time, he has directed and managed every aspect of Leo Schachter’s integrated businesses, from the relocation of a “family business” in New York’s diamond district to Israel’s bourse, through its three-decade journey to becoming a global enterprise. The LS Group, which operates in the world’s major diamond centres, is now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fine diamonds.
Tannenbaum is active in community and charitable organisations and serves on the boards of Jewelers for Children, the Diamond Empowerment Fund, the World Diamond Council and Bar Ilan University in Israel. He joined GIA’s Board of Governors in November 2013.