Top Ex­ec­u­tives Take GIA Global Lead­er­ship Course At Har­vard

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For the third con­sec­u­tive year, GIA’s Global Lead­er­ship Pro­gram at Har­vard Busi­ness School (HBS) in Cam­bridge, MA brought to­gether se­nior lead­ers from the gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try for a cus­tom four­day cur­ricu­lum based on the renowned HBS case study method. The 2016 theme “Dis­rup­tive In­no­va­tion” honed in on in­no­va­tion in a rapidly evolv­ing world. The pro­gramme took place from June 20-23 with 45 top ex­ec­u­tives from 14 coun­tries and 15 in­dus­try sec­tors, in­clud­ing re­tail, man­u­fac­tur­ing, min­ing and cut­ting.

“This ex­tra­or­di­nary ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme cre­ates a unique plat­form for thought-lead­ers in the gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try to ex­change ideas, ex­am­ine op­por­tu­ni­ties and de­bate so­lu­tions for the chal­lenges that lie ahead,” said Su­san Jac­ques, pres­i­dent and CEO of GIA.

Among the case stud­ies cov­ered dur­ing this year’s pro­gramme were the evo­lu­tion of the Dove brand, how Uber has changed the way the world moves, and Ama­zon’s in­no­va­tion in a dig­i­tal econ­omy.

The pro­gramme fa­cil­i­tated an en­vi­ron­ment to “come to­gether with a group of pas­sion­ate, di­verse and in­tel­li­gent peo­ple and en­gage in some very thought-pro­vok­ing dis­cus­sions,” said one par­tic­i­pant. A week later, “I found my­self ap­ply­ing many of the lessons we learned at Har­vard to the day-to-day plan­ning of my busi­ness. It was cer­tainly one of the most use­ful, prac­ti­cal and en­joy­able op­por­tu­ni­ties I have ever had in my ca­reer,” added an­other.

GIA, in conjunction with HBS, ini­ti­ated the pro­gramme in 2014 to bring to­gether global lead­ers rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try to ex­am­ine is­sues faced by in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses and ap­ply their learn­ings to their own. The pro­gramme also pro­vides an un­par­al­leled net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity for se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, build­ing bridges be­tween dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the global gem and jew­ellery sup­ply chain.

GIA will hold its next global lead­er­ship pro­gramme at HBS in June 2017. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­ited and by in­vi­ta­tion only.

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