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By  , Monday, May 21, 2007


From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. – The Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) School of Business Executive Training Program (ETP) is a five-day (full-time) to two-week (evening) intensive program in jewelry business, developed specifically for aspiring and mid-level managers who want to learn the fundamentals of building and leading a successful jewelry organization. This June, the ETP is being offered at both GIA New York and GIA London.

GIA’s ETP examines how leadership, strategy, finance, marketing, and operations work collectively to build and maintain a successful operation. For example, students learn how to differentiate their business in the marketplace, develop an effective advertising program, motivate staff members to enhance their performance, and conduct an internal system and process review. They take a critical look at what needs to be done now to move ahead in the future.

Giovanni Valencia, adjunct professor for GIA’s School of Business and instructor for the New York ETP this June, said the program takes place in an interactive and fast-paced environment, where students are encouraged to participate and bring their own industry perspective to the classroom.

“Students in the ETP will explore the fundamental aspects of competing in a fast-changing, global industry,” Valencia explained. “Through lectures, discussions, and case studies, we'll delve into what makes a true business leader. And, we'll explore how companies can leverage their existing resources to achieve lasting success.”

The 2007 schedule for the ETP is as follows: at GIA New York on June 11–14 and June 18–21 (evenings); at GIA London on June 25–29 and September 24–28; and at GIA Florence on July 9–13. A three-day management seminar will be held in Tokyo Oct. 2–4.

For more information about the ETP classes in New York, contact For details about the London ETP class, e-mail Contact ETP in Florence at For information about the seminar in Tokyo, call GIA Japan - Tokyo on 813-3835-7046.

Students interested in continuing their education after the ETP can also enroll in GIA’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree or Jewelry Business Management diploma programs, or take individual business courses. All these business courses are offered online and on campus in Carlsbad, Calif.

About GIA:


An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at Media queries contact: Laura Simanton 760-603-4112.


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