All that glitters is indeed gold—that is certainly so, for those who will attend the notable annual event focused on this precious metal. Stakeholders, including but not limited to those from the world of gold jewellery, home décor, and other luxury gold sectors, will gather. Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) is the organizer of the event scheduled for the 4th and 5th of April 2019 at Bohemian National Hall in New York City. To book your spot for this highly anticipated event, book here online at Eventbrite. Here is a peek at what is in store:
The volatility in gold, seen in recent years has anything but deterred enthusiasts. While westerners accumulated gold during the bear market, cultures throughout the world that prize gold, notably that of India, devotedly continue to buy gold. It is one of the most significant of all wedding gifts. Russians and Chinese also buy gold, although for different reasons, and have largely been seen as “buyers on the dip.” Institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds and governments, have an interest in holding stores of the precious metal.
Moving beyond investment, this conference focuses on objects of desire, made from gold, that are sought throughout the world. Now in its 9th consecutive year, the much anticipated “Gold, Legacy, Leadership, Luminescence” event is expected to draw record attendance with internationally prominent designers, tastemakers, and thought leaders.
To convey the evolution of the event Lisa Koenigsberg, President and Founder of Initiatives in Art and Culture, recently said, “Initiatives in Art and Culture is honored once again to bring together a ‘Who’s Who’ in the gold community—including makers, miners, retailers, journalists, financiers, regulators, and environmentalists—to focus on specific, contemporary challenges from mine to market and how we can best meet them. Approaches and solutions to these challenges are building blocks, and our collective attention to them can ensure that society’s use of gold is driven by respect for materials, craft, and authentic, artistic expression, and a mindfulness for ethical sourcing and responsible practice.”
A gathering of influencers in the gold industry:
The gold industry has a vast number of stakeholders, seldom seen in the same room. This is perhaps one of the most exciting features of this annual gathering, for those seeking to network effectively with key players. Ranging from retailers to miners, government representatives to journalists, and investors to designers; all those who matter in the gold industry are expected to attend.
The following leaders and luminaries will be presenting at the event:
Stephen Webster, Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster; Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer, Richline Group, Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway Company; Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London; Alan Craxford and Castro Smith, British Master Engravers and Jewelers; Glenn Adamson, Author, Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects and Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art; Mimi So, Jewelry Designer; Alli McCartney, Managing Director, Private Wealth Management Alignment Partners, UBS Financial Services Inc.; Jeffrey M. Christian, Managing Director, CPM Group; Linus Drogs, Owner and President, Au Enterprises, Elizabeth Orlando, Economic Officer, Bureau of Economic Affairs, Office of Threat Finance and Countermeasures, US Department of State; Tiffany Stevens, President and CEO, JVC; Ted Doudak, Founder and CEO, Riva Precision Manufacturing; Tracy Matthews, Chief Visionary Officer and Creative Director, Flourish and Thrive Academy; Alisha Blechman, Head of Studio Operations, Catbird; Beth Bugdaycay, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Foundrae; Leigh Plessner, Co-Creative Director, Catbird; Ronny Vardi, Owner, Catbird; Elle Hill, CEO, Hill & Co. Fine Jewelry Launch and Growth Experts; Brad Brooks-Rubin, Managing Director, The Sentry/Enough Project; Lara Crampe, Pure Earth, Director, Community Outreach; Joanne Lebert, Executive Director, IMPACT; Michael Peters, CEO, Trusted Gems & Founder, Panjshir Valley Emeralds; Rob Bates, Senior Editor, JCK; Stewart Grice, Vice President, Mill Products, Hoover & Strong; Stuart Harmon, Director, The Money Stone; Robert Lang, Director, The Shadow of Gold; Christina Miller, owner, Christina T. Miller Consulting; Co-Founder, Ethical Metalsmiths and Chair of its Advisory Council; and Andrea Hill, Owner, Hill Management Group, LLC.
Prominent speakers will address:
Among highlights, Jeffrey M. Christian, Managing Director, CPM Group, will address the De Facto Gold Standard. Mark Hanna, Chief Marketing Officer, Richline Group, Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway Company will discuss legislative and regulatory issues. Stephen Webster, Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster, will share his enthusiasm and admiration for gold. A champagne conversation with jewellery designer Mimi So will highlight her career, and the role the precious metal has played in it.
From the world of ethical sourcing and responsible practice, we will consider how our actions today will lead to a better tomorrow.
The New York City luxury and gold markets are intertwined. This spectacular event provides insight as to why that is the case.