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To investigate human rights abuses and protect women in Zimbabwe's Marange Diamond Fields, owned and operated by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.

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CRJC Logo and Conference Dates

Online for 2020
Click the Registration Link Above for Complete Details

Monday, Nov. 9 - Friday, Nov. 13

Special "Pay What You Can" Ticket Approach for 2020

The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference (CRJC) was founded in 2017, when jewelry designer Susan Wheeler decided to bring people together from across the world to discuss how to make jewelry supply chains more transparent and make jewelry business more beneficial to all members of the industry vertical.

The CRJC's mission is to engage everyone in the jewelry industry; miners, makers, professionals, educators, and students. To address all the ways that individuals and companies can be involved in the responsible jewelry movement. To make a difference by making things happen.

Now entering its third year, the CRJC has already contributed to the development of new educational, industrial, and community initiatives. It has become the place where responsible supply chain think-ers and do-ers around the world gather to talk, plan, share, and learn. This is one exciting conference, and we'd like you to be part of it too.

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2020 Speakers

Andrea Hill

CEO Hill Management Group | 'Werx Brands

Stuart Pool

Owner | Nineteen48

Brian Cook

Owner | Nature's Geometry

Monica Stephenson

Owner | Anza Gems

Jay Moncada

Owner | Perpetuum Jewels

Ian Bone

Owner | Capricorn Gems

Jorden De Haan

Program Officer, Artisanal Gold | PACT

Joanne Lebert

Executive Director | IMPACT

Pamela Fierst-Walsh

Foreign Affairs, Responsible Sourcing | National Security US State Department

Chiko Manda

Consultant | Perekezi ASM Consultants

Mukasiri Sibanda

Tax and Natural Resource Governance Advisor | Tax Justice Network Africa

Monica Gichuhi

Extractives Industry Consultant VirtuGem | AGEC

Tim McCreight

Co-Director | Toolbox Initiative

Angel Camacho

Analyst | Amazon Aid Foundation

Meshack Mbangula

National Coordinator | Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA)

Jennifer Krill

Executive Director | Earthworks

Irene Owusu-Poku

National Programme Coordinator | The Golden Line (Going for Gold) Ghana

Lucy Derickson

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Jewelry and Metalsmithing/Crafts Area | Montgomery College

Bob Donofrio

Founder | Futura Jewelry

Susi Smither FGA, GIA JDT

Founder | The Rock Hound

Juana Méndez

Independent Researcher Fundación ACUA | Colombia

Patricia Syvrud MBA, GG

Minerals, Materials and Society and JDI Program Manager | University of Delaware

Susan Wheeler

Founder | Responsible Jewelry Transformative

Susan Keane

Environmental Advocate NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Sarah Dupont

Founder and President | Amazon Aid Foundation

Bonnie Abaunza

Social Impact Consultant | Abaunza Group

Anny Jaramillo

Planning Director | Chede Mining Operation

Claudia Sparrow

Director & Producer | Maxima

Máxima Acuña

Nathalia Mendoza

Gender Coordinator | Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Marcena Hunter

Global Initiative

Ms Gloria Majiga-Kamoto

Programme Manager | Centre for Environmental Policy & Advocacy

Christina Miller

Christina T Miller Consulting

Bossissi Nkuba

Researcher | Catholic University of Bukavu

Benjamin Vauter

International Environmental Protection Specialist | Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Shamiso Mtisi

KP CSC Coordinator and ZELA Deputy Director | Kimberley Process Civil Society and Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

Brad Brooks-Rubin

Managing Director | The Sentry

Juliane Kippenberg

Human Rights Watch

Hemant Shah

Owner | Alcraftist / Hemant Shah Consultancy

Lucie Brigham

The UN SDGs for Partnerships

Kerry Bannigan

Conscious Fashion Campaign

Dr James McQuilken

Program | Officer Pact

Susan Ganch

Associate Professor & Metal Area Head Department of Craft/Material Studies | Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Dr Elizabeth Shaw

Head of Fine Art Program and Head of Jewellery and Small Objects Department | Queensland College of Art Griffith University

Kathleen Kennedy

Adjunct Professor & Metal Area Coordinator | Department of Craft/Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Prof Nellie Mutemeri

CEO and Mining Practice Lead | MutConsult

Ms. Emily Achor

Geologist and an expert in Artisanal and small scale mining

Mara Bragaglia

Founder, Designer & Goldsmith | Maraismara

Liz Kantner

Melissa Quick

President | Steve Quick Jeweler

Edward Asscher

President | World Diamond Council

Boitshoko Kebakile

Dana Bronfman

Founder/Designer | Dana Bronfman

Pauline Mundia

Virtu Gem

Nuskmata Jacinda Mack

Jennifer Gandia

Co-owner & Creative Director | Greenwich St. Jewelers

Kirsten Dales

Senior international expert, ASGM UNDP

Percy Maleta

MANAGING DIRECTOR | Maleta Gems and Jewels

Mukosha Mulenga

Owner | Eleora Gems

Jill Unwin

Founder | She's Lost Control

Virtu Gem

Gem Dealer | Virtu Gems

Miles Silman

Jessie Nagel

Leo Cerda

Project Coordinator-Founder | The HAKHU Project


Luis Fernandez

Peter Viet

World Resources Institute

Jennifer Dawes

Charlie Espinosa

Eric Braunwart

Founder | Columbia Gem House

Hannah Becker


Chicago, Illinois

Film Row Cinema at Columbia

Chicago's Vibrant South Loop


mean the world to us

The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference is a grass roots conference. The support we receive from sponsors is profoundly appreciated and put to good use, primarily for the purpose of paying travel and visa-related fees for speakers to join us from the countries that represent the beginning of most jewelry supply chains.