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AGS Announces Conclave 2024 Keynote and Featured Speaker Lineup

Conclave 2024 is set for April 15–17 in Austin, TX.




(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS, NV — The American Gem Society (AGS) announces Jesse Cole, founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the game-changing Savannah Bananas, will be the opening keynote speaker for Conclave 2024, April 15–17 in Austin, TX.

Recognized for transforming the Savannah Bananas into the “Greatest Show in Sports,” Jesse Cole’s creative method of making baseball fun has led to unprecedented success, with sold-out games since 2016, a waitlist of over 600,000, and a global fan base. The Savannah Bananas have been featured on major platforms like the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO’s Real Sports, and ESPN+.

“Jesse’s unparalleled success with the Savannah Bananas perfectly embodies the spirit of ‘Keeping Conclave Weird.’ His novel approach to business aligns with our theme, encouraging us to embrace the unconventional and find joy in the unexpected,” said Denise Richards, chair of the Conclave Sub-committee. “As we anticipate Conclave 2024, where each moment promises to be exceptional, Jesse’s insights will undoubtedly inspire and entertain our members.”

In addition to Jesse Cole, Conclave 2024 will feature a lineup of outstanding keynote and featured speakers:

Monday, April 15:
While Jesse Cole is the day’s keynote speaker, Rachel Tipograph will be the featured speaker. As Founder & CEO of MikMak, an e-commerce marketing platform for multi-channel users, Rachel will share her digital and social media expertise.

Tuesday, April 16:
Breakfast Keynote: Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs, will discuss pragmatic innovation using technology and storytelling to create life-changing devices.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Tasha Eurich, a New York Times best-selling author and organizational psychologist, will provide insights on thriving in a dynamic world.


Wednesday, April 16:
Breakfast Keynote: Peter Katz, a Juno and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter renowned for transformative “keynote concerts,” will inspire connection and shared vision.

Titleholder Luncheon Keynote and Featured Speaker: Sylvie Di Giusto, an internationally acclaimed speaker, will explore Modern Emotional Intelligence, guiding audiences to understand perceptions, choose behaviors, and achieve optimal outcomes. Sylvie serves double duty and is also the featured speaker that day.

“Not only do we have an incredible lineup of professional and industry speakers innovative, we have so many fun, different, and yes, weird experiences planned for our members,” said Ms. Richards. “Conclave Austin is going to amaze and delight attendees!”

To learn more about Conclave’s keynote and featured speakers or to register for the event, visit here. AGS members can save $200 with a special Early Bird, sponsored by GIA.

The American Gem Society would like to thank Jewelers Mutual Group for serving as the Presenting Sponsor.




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