March 5, 2019

New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the agenda and opened registration for the first annual Jewelers of America National Convention, an education-focused executive forum open to jewelry professionals. The Convention will take place July 28-29, 2019, at the Intercontinental New York Barclay in New York City.

The premier two-day convention will feature data-driven keynote presentations and a wide range of compelling breakout sessions that address the pressing issues shaping the jewelry industry from lab-grown diamonds and omni-channel marketing to retail design and supply chain regulations. The Convention also offers attendees the unique ability to get hands on with retail technology in Retail Innovation and Diamond Detection Labs. Networking opportunities abound at a complimentary cocktail party and a variety of fun and engaging social activities. In this motivating atmosphere, attendees will leave with high-value information and experiences they can’t get anywhere else to help them do business like no one else.

The JA National Convention kickstarts July Jewelry Week in New York, and Convention attendees can further their networking with discounts on tickets to the Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence (July 29) and American Gem Society’s Circle of Distinction (July 30) galas. Discounted tickets are available at Convention registration.

The Conference agenda includes:

Election Outlook 2020, presented by Charlie Cook

Iconic political forecaster Charlie Cook is the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, a political analyst for the National Journal Group and an analyst for NBC News. Al Hunt in the Wall Street Journal once referred to Cook as “the Picasso of election analysis.” He will offer his expert take on the turbulent election season to come with control of both the White House and Congress at stake. 

Key Investment Trends to Watch, presented by Michael Vaknin

There is no doubt that the economy -- both globally and at home -- is a major influencer on consumer mood and spending. In this talk, Michael Vaknin, Chief Markets Economist for J.P. Morgan Private Bank, will share key investment themes to watch and potential short and long-term impacts on the overall health of the retail sector based on the most current macroeconomic outlook.

Buying Trends & Value Propositions, presented by Neeraj Mehta

Jewelry customers are buying differently and retail is changing to improve customer experience by leveraging value propositions and technology. Neeraj Mehta, CEP of Synchrony’s Payment Solutions platform, will discuss the jewelry path-to-purchase journey and how to leverage technology and digital to improve customer experience. Discover the trends in consumer purchasing behavior across channels and investments to focus your business on your customers.

In addition to the keynote presentations, there will 12 breakout sessions on topics that include: Understanding the Empowered Consumer; Solving the Challenge of Lab-Grown Diamond Detection; Enhance the Customer Experience; Policy & Retail: Why What Happens in D.C. Matters; Omni-channel Marketing: Deliver Your Brand Message Where Your Customers Shop; Social Media: Turning ‘Likes’ into Brand Love; Breaking Down Blockchain’s Potential for Jewelers; The Customer Mindset: Connecting for Lifetime Loyalty; Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Supply Chain; and Distrupting the Marketplace: Opportunities & Challenges of Selling Lab-Grown Diamonds. Additional programing will be announced soon.

Registration is open to both JA Members and non-members, with members receiving preferred pricing. Register by April 30 for $200 off the regular registration rate. Convention attendees receive a special room rate at the Convention venue, InterContinental New York Barclay.

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