This was the 2017
Schedule for The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference
8:30-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 AM Kickoff and Opening Comments
Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group
9:15-10:00 AM Shared Keynote
Mark Hanna, VP, Richline Group
Alexandra Hart, Ethical Metalsmiths President; Jewelry Designer
Corporations and small jewelry businesses face similar challenges to achieving increased transparency and responsible sourcing goals. Mark and Alix will share the stage representing two ends of the business spectrum. They will share ways that corporations and small business owners can work together to achieve common corporate social responsibility goals.
10:15 - 11:15 AM Jewelry Designer Panel
Moderator: Melissa Quick, Steve Quick Jeweler
Participants: Jennifer Dawes, Dawes Design; Susan Crow, East Fourth Street; Debra Navarro Jewelry designers have long been at the forefront of responsible jewelry practices. During this discussion you'll hear from designers who have been at this for years and designers who have been more recently inspired. It's never too late to start!
11:30-12:15 PM Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gem House
The Move Towards Responsible Cutting in Gemstones.
Eric has long been a leader in sourcing and providing responsibly cut gemstones to the jewelry industry. He will share his insights and guidance about the responsible gemstone movement and how you can take part.
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30-2:15 PM Stewart Grice, Hoover & Strong
Responsible Sourced Artisanal Gold: A Tour of Two Peruvian Mining Communities
Stewart is not only one of the world's leading experts on metallurgy, he leads with a strong sense of social responsibility. This will be a highly entertaining and informative session that leads to a greater understanding of the world of artisanal mining.
2:30 - 3:30 PM In Conversation. Participants: Cristina Villegas of Pact Worldwide, Monica Stephenson of ANZA Gems and iDazzle, and Marvin Wambua, G.G. and A.J.P. (G.I.A.) and precision gem cutter (Mr. Wambua will be joining via video conference) will share their personal experiences and passion about colored gemstone mining, retaining more value for the communities that mine colored gemstones, and how jewelry businesses can partner more responsibly. Session moderator: Christina Miller of Christina T. Miller Consulting.
3:30-4:15 PM Vendor Area Open and Networking
Meet the sponsors of this event and industry organizations supporting responsible practices while networking with speakers and conference attendees.
4:15-5:00 PM Samuel Shiroff, Signet Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
How the World’s Largest Retailer of Diamond Jewelry Tackles Responsible Sourcing.
Responsible sourcing is challenging at every level, perhaps even more so when the volumes required are so high. Yet, corporations are working hard to do the right thing and respond to consumer expectations. Learning from large corporations like Signet helps all of us raise the bar.
6:00-8:00 PM Cocktail Reception at Steve Quick Jeweler, 1909 Division Street
Steve and Melissa Quick have graciously offered to host a reception for all attendees. Come hang out, have cocktails, network, and experience Chicago's delightful Wicker Park neighborhood.
We would love to have you join us both days. But if your schedule will not permit, we do have Friday-only tickets available.
Saturday, October 14
8:30-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45 AM Patricia Syvrud, Jȏia Consulting
Responsible Sourcing in the Diamond Pipeline: What does that look like?
Patricia is the former Executive Director of the World Diamond Council, and brings a highly informed perspective to the challenges and successes of responsible diamond sourcing. This is as "inside scoop" as we can get when it comes to diamond sourcing knowledge.
10:00 - 11:30 PM Power Panel on Jewelry Industry Initiatives for Responsible Practices
Moderated by Brandee Dallow, formerly a senior executive of Rio Tinto and owner of Fine Girl Consulting.
Panelists: Toby Pomeroy (TOBY POMEROY), Brian Cook (Bahia Golden Rutilated Quartz Mine), Elizabeth Orlando (State Department), Pat Syvrud (Jȏia Consulting), Susan Wheeler (Susan Wheeler Design), Cristina Villegas (Pact Worldwide).
This power panel will provide short presentations on three exciting initiatives — The State Department's Jewelry Development Index; Brian Cook's Bahia Golden Rutilated Quartz Mine; and Toby Pomeroy's Mercury Free Mining Challenge. After those presentations, the panel will open up for questions about these exciting initiatives, and discussion about broader jewelry industry initiatives. This is your chance to find something and get involved!
11:45-12:30 PM Robin Gambhir, Fair Trade Jewelry Company
Who Cares: Adventures in Responsible Sourcing & Retailing
Robin Gambhir, co-founder of the Fair Trade Jewellery Company shares stories and experiences accumulated over twelve years working inside and outside the industry to offer consumers a luxury product using materials with provenance, certification and narrative.
12:30-1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30-2:15 PM Christina Miller, Christina Tatiana Miller Consulting
Benediction, There’s Always a Way: Stories to Inspire
The closing conference lecture highlights moments from the two-day event which add to our collective understanding of responsible jewelry. Through storytelling and reflection, Miller will also examine the inspirations, origins and evolution of what is now the most popular conversation in the jewelry industry - responsible sourcing.
2:30-3:45 PM Screening of Sharing the Rough
3:45-4:45 PM In Conversation
Orin Mazzoni, Director of Sharing the Rough
Monica Stephenson, Participant in the making of Sharing the Rough
Orin and Monica will share insights and stories and answer your questions about the making of Sharing the Rough.
5:00--6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
We would love to have you join us both days. But if your schedule will not permit, we do have Saturday-only tickets available.