“This extraordinary educational program creates a unique platform for thought-leaders in the gem and jewelry industry to exchange ideas and examine opportunities and debate solutions for the challenges that lie ahead,” said Susan Jacques, president and CEO of GIA.
Among the case studies covered during this year’s program were the evolution of the Dove brand, how Uber has changed the way the world moves and Amazon’s innovation in a digital economy.
The program facilitated an environment to “come together with a group of passionate, diverse and intelligent people and engage in some very thought provoking discussions,” said one participant. A week later, “I found myself applying many of the lessons we learned at Harvard to the day-to-day planning of my business. It was certainly one of the most useful, practical and enjoyable opportunities I have ever had in my career,” added another.
GIA, in conjunction with HBS, initiated the program in 2014 to bring together global leaders representing different sectors of the gem and jewelry industry to examine issues faced by international businesses and apply the learnings of other industries to their own. The program also provides an unparalleled networking opportunity for senior executives, building bridges between different sectors of the global gem and jewelry supply chain.
GIA will hold its next global leadership program at HBS in June 2017. Participation is limited and by invitation only.