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AGS Announces Speakers for Conclave 2019

It will be held in Seattle, WA, April 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAS VEGAS – The American Gem Society (AGS) announces the keynote and featured speakers for its annual Conclave, which will be held in Seattle, WA, April 8-10 at the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

“Seattle is a unique and innovative city with such an amazing energy,” said Alexis Padis, CGA, chair of the International Conclave Committee. “Our speakers are much like our host city in that way. This year’s Conclave has a wide variety of talent and leading experts, ready to infuse our members with invaluable information they can use in both their professional and personal lives.”

This year’s lineup includes:

Monday:
The Opening Session lunch kicks off with Dan Thurmon, who is a speaker, author and performer. He is president of Motivation Works Inc. and author of Success in Action. His presentation juxtaposes ideas with actions to inspire change. Thurmon delivers experiences that go beyond motivation to teach concepts and skills while engaging and entertaining the audience.

The featured speaker for Monday is Steve Gutzler. His exceptional ability to communicate clear leadership and sales solutions with humor, clarity and insight is why he is in high demand. Steve believes every presentation should transform a life and inspire leadership.

Tuesday:
Wake up ready to laugh and be entertained with the keynote breakfast speakers Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? Consider this the industry’s largest icebreaker! Colin and Brad are masters of improv and are going to perform with a live variation of their hit show, relying heavily on audience participation.

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Best-selling author Kelly McDonald is Tuesday’s featured speaker. Kelly is a marketing and advertising expert whose company was twice named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age. Her presentation style is a mix of high content and high humor, and employs audience interaction to increase engagement and learning.

Wednesday:
The closing session keynote and featured speaker for the day is Galen Emanuele. Galen works with teams to create a profound shift in how teams and people communicate and perform in business. His unique, interactive keynotes and programs teach organizations how to apply the improv concept of “Yes, and” to drive an exceptional team culture of high-level performance and engagement.

Joel Zeff returns as the emcee and is well-known to the AGS members as a past keynote and featured speaker at Conclave. Zeff is an acclaimed motivator, public speaker, humorist, and actor.

Each featured speaker will teach both a morning and afternoon session. In addition, there will be over 90 breakout sessions. Conclave will also feature 13 networking events where the AGS community can mingle and meet other like-minded professionals who share their mission of consumer protection, ongoing education, and high standards of business ethics.

The American Gem Society would like to thank Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, who is, once again, the Presenting Sponsor for Conclave. Without their support, the American Gem Society would not be able to provide the educational programming that it offers.

The AGS will be making more announcements in the near future regarding additional speakers, registration information, breakout sessions, and more.

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For more information about the American Gem Society and Conclave, visit americangemsociety.org.

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