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Featured Speakers Announced for AGS Conclave 2023 November 01, 2022 (0 comments)


Las Vegas, NV--Conclave has long been known for its outstanding and innovative speakers and thought leaders who set the standard for educational excellence. The American Gem Society announce its lineup of featured speakers for the next Conclave, which will be held in Louisville, KY, May 1–3, 2023, days before the Kentucky Derby.

In addition to the Society’s recent announcement that Andre Agassi, the lineup of keynote speakers now includes three leading subject matter experts known for delivering practical solutions that produce results.

Terri Sjodin is the featured speaker on May 1. Sjodin is a top speech coach for sales professionals and a popular speaker worldwide. She specializes in advancing the persuasive presentation skills of professionals. She is the author of the national bestselling book Small Message, Big Impact (Penguin/Portfolio). Her sought-after consulting practice has taken her from working out of her house to working with the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, including The Today Show, Bloomberg and CNBC.

[Terri Sjodin]

The featured speaker on May 2, is Seth Mattison, an internationally recognized adviser and a top-rated speaker on talent management, digital transformation, and the future of work. His research and case studies focus on inspiring audiences while sharing advice to drive meaningful outcomes for individuals and organizations. Seth coaches high-performing leaders with practical, life-tested ideas, concepts, and frameworks to elevate their impact and legacy. He has helped a range of companies, from the Dallas Cowboys to Walt Disney and AT&T to IBM.

Jess Pettitt is the May 3 featured speaker. Jess believes that to thrive, you must ride two horses at once: one of humility and one of ego. This is why while hosting and performing stand-up in New York City, she worked as a diversity and inclusion specialist as her day job. Twenty years later, Jess still uses humor to deliver actionable content to address the intersection of leadership and diversity. Her direct experience helps clients uncover a deeper sense of belonging, with resourceful collaboration opportunities that reignite their creativity and innovative ideation.

“I am very excited that our Featured speakers at Conclave this year are presenting such diverse topics. There is something for everyone,” said Denise Richards, chair of the Conclave Subcommittee. “Terry Sjodin, Seth Mattison, and Jess Pettitt will all deliver advice that we can take back to our businesses immediately and drive results.”

In addition to Andre Agassi, AGS recently announced that Liz Forkin Bohannon and The Passing Zone will also be Keynote speakers.

To register for the event, visit The American Gem Society urges all members to book their hotel rooms early, as the Kentucky Derby immediately follows Conclave. Flight discounts are available; information is on the Conclave website.

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