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INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND CONFERENCE 2011  

Monday, September 12, 2011
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Times Center
242 West 41st St, Manhattan, NY 10036
 


Agenda


9:00 am – 9:15 am
Welcome by Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group

9:15 am – 9:30 am
Introduction to Jewelers for Children David Rocha, Executive Director

"The Market for Luxury Jewelry"
9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Luxury Consumer - Changing Consumer Values and New Marketing Strategies
Pam Danziger, founder of Unity Marketing and internationally recognized expert on consumer behavior, motivation and psychology

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Auctions — Large Diamonds, Gemstones and Jewelry
Moderated by Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group
Featuring:
    • Lisa Hubbard, Chairman North and South America, Sotheby's
    • Gary Schuler, Senior Specialist International, Sotheby's

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Trend Talk - A panel discussion on design
Moderated by Rapaport Magazine Editor in Chief, Amber Michelle
Featuring:
    • Michael O'Connor, Style and Substance, Red Carpet commentator, jewelry and style expert
    • Janet Goldman, founder/owner Fragments designer jewelry showroom and retail store
    • Nina Runsdorf and Laura Aman, New York jewelry designers NSR, Nina Runsdorf
    • Kerri Halpern, designer, Madstone, New York, jewelry designer

Lunch
12:30 pm- 2:00 pm
For Suggested restaurants in the area click here

“Diamonds and Social Responsibility - Real Solutions to Real Problems”
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

PRADD, a collaborative effort of USAID and the State Department to empower artisanal mining communities in the CAR and Liberia.
Brad Brooks-Rubin, Special Advisor on Conflict Diamonds, U.S. State Department
Nadim Kara, Campaign Director, Partnership Africa Canada

Building and Implementing Industry-Wide Standards
Matt Runci, Chairman, Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

Ethical Certification
Martin Rapaport, Chairman, Rapaport Group

The Future of Retail in Sustainable Fashion, Jewelry, and Accessories
Louis Sagar, Executive Director, The GreenShows

Roundtable Discussion
Open to the audience

Happy Hour
5:00 pm
Pinnacle Bar, Hilton Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street, New York
Join fellow participants for a cocktail and discussion down the street at the Pinnacle Bar


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