MJSA Expo will feature a hybrid educational program

(PRESS RELEASE) MJSA Expo, the oldest trade show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, has announced a hybrid educational program for its 2022 show, which will take place March 20-22 at the Javits Center in New York (concurrent with JA New York) .

The program will include the launch of MJSA Journal LIVE, a series of in-person seminars based on the technical and business expertise found in the magazine published monthly by Expo presenter, Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA).

There will also be a new online discussion series, Live from Expo, in which several of the industry’s leading thinkers will discuss current industry issues and trends. These conversations, moderated by Andrea Hill, President of consulting firm StrategyWerx and MJSA’s Webinar/Seminar Coordinator, will be streamed live across all of MJSA’s social media channels, expanding their reach.

The complete program of the seminars, which will take place on March 20 and 21, is presented below. For updates on MJSA Expo, visit MJSAExpo.org or call 1-800-444-MJSA (6572).

Sunday March 20:
MJSA Journal LIVE

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.:
Hire Logic: an idea generator to find, select and retain workers
Finding the necessary workers remains one of the biggest challenges facing the jewelry industry today. This session will bring leaders in recruitment, career development and human resource management to the stage, then invite audience members to join the conversation and share their own experiences. The result: a melting pot of dynamic ideas to fill the gaps in your workforce and bring new energy to your business. Moderator: Andrea Hill, President, StrategyWerx. Panelists: Matthew Anderson, Director of Manufacturing, Rio Grande; Kate Peterson, President and CEO, Performance Concepts; Adrianne Sanogo, GIA Certified Gemologist and Education Chair, Black in Jewelry Coalition.

1-2 p.m.
Industry overview: where we are and what lies ahead
During the pandemic, consumers indulged in their love for jewelry and sales skyrocketed. But jewelry makers and designers still face a host of challenges — inflation, growing imports, the return of travel and services to attract discretionary dollars — as well as opportunities (especially online). Harold Dupuy will break down the stats and use them to lay out a roadmap for what lies ahead. Presenter: Harold Dupuy, FGA, Vice President of Strategic Analysis, Stuller Inc.

3-4 p.m.:
Behind the design: getting inspired when your muse is tired
Every designer has been there: a deadline is approaching, time is running out and your creativity is… well, it just isn’t. The good news is that there are ways to revitalize those creative juices, whether you’re looking to find your next blockbuster design or solve a tricky technical challenge. A panel of top designers will share their encounters with creative block and describe how they overcame it. Moderator: Andrea Hill, President, StrategyWerx. Panelists: Whitney Boin, Owner, Whitney Boin Studio; Adel Chefridi, Owner, Adel Chefridi Studio & Gallery; Suzy Landa, Owner, Suzy Landa New York; David Wegweiser, Owner, David Alan Jewelry; Katrin Zimmerman, Designer and Founder, Ex Ovo, and Professor, Pratt Institute. Sponsored by the American Jewelry Design Council.

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MJSA Expo will feature a hybrid educational program

4:30-5:30 p.m.:
Cooldown: 60 ideas in 60 minutes
In this lightning round robin, business leaders and technical experts from across the jewelry industry will offer their best ideas (in a minute or less) for success in today’s market. Moderator: Rich Youmans, Editor, MJSA Journal. Panelists: Ann Arnold, Chief Strategy Officer, Buyer’s Intelligence Group (BIG); Michael Binnion, head of molding process development and new technologies, Tiffany & Co.; Ann Cahoon, Head of Jewelry Department, North Bennet Street School; David Cochran, President/CEO, MJSA; Andrea Hill, President, StrategyWerx; Lee Krombholz, President, Krombholz Jewelers; Christina Miller, Founder, Christina T. Miller Sustainable Jewelry Consulting; Kate Peterson, President and CEO, Performance Concepts.

Monday, March 21:
Live from the Expo

11am-12pm:
Mark Hanna talks responsible industry
Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer of the New York-based Richline Group, is a leading advocate for responsible practices throughout the jewelry industry. He has collaborated with the US Wildlife Council, Pure Earth, and Responsible Artisanal Gold Forum, among other groups, and in 2018 the CMO Club named him CMO of the Year: Corporate Social Responsibility. He will discuss the latest responsible initiatives engaging the industry and what remains to be done.

2 p.m.-3 p.m.:
Amy Elliott on forecasting consumer trends
Jewelry expert for the Bridal Council and author of the JCK All That Glitters blog, Amy Elliott has her finger on what turns consumers on. Learn about the jewelry choices they’re making right now, the qualities they’re looking for in both what they’re buying and the companies they’re buying from, and the cultural influences that are driving them forward.

4-5 p.m.:
Teresa Fryé on the latest research on the wear resistance of platinum and gold
It is said that platinum jewelry tends to last longer than its gold counterpart. Teresa Fryé, owner of TechForm Advanced Casting in Portland, Oregon, put this maxim to the test by conducting research into the durability of each metal. In this session, she will explain her results.

MJSA Expo will feature a hybrid educational program

MJSA thanks the sponsors of this year’s educational program:

  • National Channel Group
  • Richline Group
  • Rio Grande
  • Leach Garner
  • Mutual of jewelers
  • Professional package
  • MJSA Educational Foundation

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