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Initiatives in Art and Culture announces final schedule for 8th Annual International Gold Conference

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April 12-13 event features leaders in jewelry, mining, technology, and government

Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC)’s Eighth Annual International Gold Conference, Gold: Vortex, Virtues, and Values, has published its final schedule for the April 12-13 event, being held this year at a new location, Bohemian National Hall in New York City.

“The IAC Gold Conference is the gold standard in its space. The quality of content and the top-notch speakers sharing ideas make for a not-to-miss event each year. This is art, design, and culture explained at its very best,” says Mickey Alam Khan, editor in chief, Luxury Daily, who will be in a one-on-one conversation with Deborah Nicodemus, CEO of online retailer Moda Operandi.

Gold: Vortex, Virtues, and Values will explore the range of gold’s subject matter, from responsible business practices throughout the worldwide supply chain, to new trends in jewelry manufacturing, design, and apprenticeship. New frontiers in social media, government and legal affairs, and presentations by some of goldsmithing’s greatest artists round out the two-day event. During conference breaks, attendees will be able to purchase books related to gold and jewelry, and book signings will take place.

“Each year, the IAC Gold conference stands out as the premier event for all things gold. The breadth of the 2018 offering and depth of experience of the presenters is without compare. From looking at value, both intrinsic and emotional, to challenging the sources and uses from an ethical and responsible perspective, to exploring design with the masters, to educating and engaging the gold consumer, this event sets the standard. It should be on everyone’s calendar,” says Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group, A Berkshire Hathaway Company. Hanna will discuss blockchain technology and its application to the gold jewelry industry and will serve on a panel updating attendees on laws and regulations affecting gold.

New speakers and sessions have been added in the past month including:

• A Rising Tide: Women and the Jewelry Industry, an evening panel that follows a champagne reception on April 12, has added additional speakers. Along with moderator Hedda Schupak, editor, The Centurion newsletter, and Jenny Luker, president of the Platinum Guild International and the Women’s Jewelry Association, the following panelists will also appear: Wendy Brandes, jewelry designer and writer at Wendy Brandes Jewelry; Brandee Dallow, founder and president, Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building & Communications; and Barbara Palumbo, writer and founder of Adornmentality.com and What’sOnHerWrist.com. Opening remarks will be made by Lisa Koenigsberg, IAC founder and president, and Ronnie Vanderlinden, president, Diamex Inc., Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America, and the United States Jewelry Council.

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 Washington Update, a panel of experts on gold jewelry laws and regulations, will include: Linus Drogs, owner and president, Au Enterprises; Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group, A Berkshire Hathaway Company; Elizabeth Orlando, economic officer, Bureau of Economic Affairs, Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures, U.S. Department of State; Susan Thea Posnock, director of public affairs and education, Jewelers of America; and Tiffany Stevens, president and CEO, Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Peggy Jo Donahue, Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer, will moderate.

• Optimizing Consumer Experience: Technological Approaches to Personalization will feature Jean-Jacques Grimaud, director, sales, SolidWorks SELL, Dassault Systèmes.

• Industrial Revolution 4.0: Cultivating and Perpetuating Old World Skills, will feature Ann Cahoon, department head of jewelry making for the North Bennet Street School, Boston; Ted Doudak, CEO, Riva Precision Manufacturing; Patricia Madeja, studio jeweler, goldsmith, professor and coordinator of the jewelry program, Pratt Institute; Rich Youmans, chief communications officer, MJSA / publisher, MJSA Journal; and Katrin Zimmerman, jewelry designer and founder, Ex Ovo. Andrea Hill, founder and CEO, Hill Management Group, will moderate.

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“IAC conferences always provide a 360-degree perspective on the issues at hand, often answering questions before you’ve even thought to ask them,” says speaker Wendy Brandes. “With the gold conference covering everything from aesthetics to economics, politics, and the environment, there’s something for everyone.”

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Previously announced speakers include gold jewelry designers and goldsmiths Blair Lauren Brown, Leo and Ginnie de Vroomen, Alexandra Mor, Jane Short, Lin Stanionis, Jen Townsend, Renée Zettle-Sterling, and Katrin Zimmerman.

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Jeffrey M. Christian, founder and managing director, CPM Group, a commodities research, consulting, financial advisory, asset management, and commodities management firm based in Brooklyn, NY, will address valuing gold. Rob Bates, news director, JCK magazine, will moderate the panel, “Full Steam Ahead: The Journey Towards Ethical Sourcing, Transparency, and Responsible Practice.”

Also speaking are leaders in the responsible practices movement such as David Bouffard, vice president, corporate affairs, Signet Jewelers; Aimée Boulanger, coordinator, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA); Nina Farran, founder, Fashionkind; Robert Goodman, co-founder and co-owner, Robert Goodman Jewelers in Zionsville, Indiana; Stewart Grice, vice president, mill products, Hoover & Strong; Marla Beck Hedworth, global business lead, for the jewelry, precious metals, and gemological industries, UL; Christina Miller, independent consultant, co-founder and former executive director of Ethical Metalsmiths (EM); and Monica Stephenson, founder of idazzle and ANZA Gems.

“Recycled, fairmined, and fair trade metal options are now readily available,” says speaker Stewart Grice. “We support the efforts of the IAC Gold Conference in its ongoing commitment to exploring the issues of responsibility and ethical sourcing.”

Summing up the conference’s purpose, IAC president Lisa Koenigsberg says: “In our Eighth Annual International Gold Conference, we examine the duality that is at the heart of human existence: the counterbalancing of uncertainty and change and the constant, eternal, and fixed quality of gold. Each aspect of this two-day event is in keeping with IACs distinctive, cross-disciplinary perspective.”

To sign up for Initiatives in Art and Culture’s Eighth Annual International Gold Conference, Gold: Vortex, Virtues, and Values, taking place Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, at a Bohemian National Hall in New York City, click here: HTTPS://IACGOLD2018.EVENTBRITE.COM.

For more information and to download a brochure that features the full conference line up and biographies of speakers, click here: http://artinitiatives.com/

FULL SCHEDULE
Gold: Vortex, Virtues, and Values
IAC’S Eighth Annual International Gold Conference
APRIL 12-13, 2018 ~ Bohemian Hall, New York City

THURSDAY, APRIL 12

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks
Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group, A Berkshire Hathaway Company.

9:15 - 9:25 a.m. – Introduction
Lisa Koenigsberg, president, Initiatives in Art and Culture.

9:25 - 10:05 a.m. – Valuing Gold in an Age of Uncertainty
Jeffrey M. Christian, founder and managing director, CPM Group.

10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. – Panel: Washington Update
Linus Drogs, owner and president, Au Enterprises; Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group, A Berkshire Hathaway Company; Elizabeth Orlando, economic officer, Bureau of Economic Affairs, Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures, U.S. Department of State; Susan Thea Posnock, director of public affairs and education, Jewelers of America; Tiffany Stevens, president and CEO, Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Peggy Jo Donahue, Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer, moderator.

11:10 - 11:30 a.m. – Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. – Moda Operandi: A New Business Model for Jewelry
Deborah Nicodemus, CEO, Moda Operandi, in conversation with Mickey Alam Khan, founder and editor in chief of Luxury Daily.

12:15 - 1:00 pm – Crafting the Exquisite: the Archeology of Creativity
Alexandra Mor, haute joaillerie designer, in conversation with Brandee Dallow, founder and president, Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building & Communications.

1:00 - 2:15 pm – Lunch on your own and book signings

2:15 - 3:15 pm – Panel: Sustainable Beauty: The Pursuit of Ethical Jewelry
Blair Lauren Brown, jewelry designer; Nina Farran, founder, Fashionkind; Robert Goodman, co-founder and co-owner, Robert Goodman Jewelers in Zionsville, Indiana; Stewart Grice, vice president, mill products, Hoover & Strong; and Monica Stephenson, founder of idazzle and ANZA Gems. Christina Miller, independent consultant and co-founder/former executive director of Ethical Metalsmiths, moderator.

3:15 - 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 - 4:00 pm – Optimizing Consumer Experience: Technological Approaches to Personalization
Jean-Jacques Grimaud, director, sales, SolidWorks SELL, Dassault Systèmes.

4:05 - 5:05 pm – Blockchain Technology is Here
Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group, A Berkshire Hathaway Company; and Marla Beck Hedworth, global business lead, jewelry, precious metals, and gemological industries, UL.

5:15 - 6:15 p.m. – Champagne Reception

6:15 - 6:30 p.m. – Opening Remarks: A Rising Tide: Women and the Jewelry Industry
Lisa Koenigsberg, IAC president; and Ronnie Vanderlinden, president, Diamex Inc., Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America, and the United States Jewelry Council.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Panel: A Rising Tide: Women and the Jewelry Industry
Wendy Brandes, jewelry designer and writer at Wendy Brandes Jewelry; Brandee Dallow, founder and president, Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building & Communications; Jenny Luker, president, Platinum Guild International, and president, Women’s Jewelry Association; and Barbara Palumbo, writer and founder of Adornmentality.com and What’sOnHerWrist.com. Hedda Schupak, editor, Centurion Newsletter; moderator.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

9:00 - 9:40 a.m. – Digital Dimensions: Technology in Transforming Behavior
Andrea Hill, founder and CEO, Hill Management Group.

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. – Panel: Full Steam Ahead: The Journey Towards Ethical Sourcing, Transparency, and Responsible Practice
David Bouffard, vice president, corporate affairs, Signet Jewelers; Aimée Boulanger, coordinator, Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA); Tiguidanke Camara, chairman and CEO of Tigui Mining Group; Elizabeth Orlando, economic officer, Bureau of Economic Affairs, Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures, U.S. Department of State; and Tiffany Stevens, president and CEO, Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Rob Bates, news director, JCK magazine, moderator.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. – Break and book signings

11:00 - 11:55 a.m. – Collaboration and Innovation: The Work of Leo and Ginnie de Vroomen
Leo and Ginnie de Vroomen, Dutch goldsmith, and artist/designer.

12:00 - 12:45 p.m. – Artistry and Variety: The Glories of Enamel
Jane Short, enameller and creator of the Millennium Bowl for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London.

12:45 - 2:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own and book signings

2:00 - 2:55 p.m. – Casting: Transforming the World. A Conversation.
Lin Stanionis, studio jeweler and visual art professor, department of visual art, University of Kansas; Jen Townsend, studio jeweler and co-author of CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process (2017); and Renée Zettle-Sterling, co-author CAST, professor at Grand Valley State University, and past president of Society of North American Goldsmiths.

3:00 - 3:55 p.m. – Panel: Industrial Revolution 4.0: Cultivating and Perpetuating Old World Skills.
Ann Cahoon, department head of jewelry making for the North Bennet Street School, Boston; Ted Doudak, CEO, Riva Precision Manufacturing; Patricia Madeja, studio jeweler, goldsmith, professor and coordinator of the jewelry program, Pratt Institute; Rich Youmans, chief communications officer, MJSA / publisher, MJSA Journal; and Katrin Zimmerman, jewelry designer and founder, Ex Ovo. Andrea Hill, founder and CEO, Hill Management Group, moderator.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Panel: Who’s Got the Power? Influencers, Ethics, and the Regulation of Social Media.
Wendy Brandes, jewelry designer and writer at Wendy Brandes Jewelry; Barbara Palumbo, writer and founder of Adornmentality.com and What’sOnHerWrist.com; Monica Stephenson, writer and founder of idazzle and ANZA Gems; and Sara Yood, senior counsel, JVC. Peggy Jo Donahue, Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer, moderator.

 

 


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