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2021 Chicago
Responsible Jewelry

What an amazing two days of listening, sharing, and cooperative problem-solving as world government representatives, civil society, and the jewelry industry assemble to create more equitable, transparent jewelry supply chains.

Listen Deeply. Act Collaboratively.

Conference Details



2021 Conference Schedule

Below is the schedule from our virtual conference


Friday, November 12
  • 8:00 AM CST
    Conference Opening

    A session by Andrea Hill, CEO, Hill Management Group|Werx Brands; and Susan Wheeler, Founder | Responsible Jewelry Transformative

  • 8:30 am CST
    Keynote: Voices of the Amazon are Calling to Talk to You about your Gold

    A short video produced by friend of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference, Chief Lucas Tukano Duarte.

  • 9:00 am CST

    A session by Hans Merket, Researcher | International Peace Information Service (IPIS); Raphael Tshimanga, Hydrology and Water Resources Scientist | Congo River Basin; and Moderated by Susan Crow, Owner & Creative Director | Susan Crow Studio

  • 10:15 am CST
    How laws around sourcing and responsibility, and current cases in the US Supreme Court, affect jewelers

    A session with Wyatt Gjullin, Staff Attorney | EarthRights International; Jennifer Fendrick, Sr. Intl. Relations Officer, Office Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking | U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Intl. Labor Affairs; Juliane Kippenberg, Associate Director | Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; and Moderated by Andrea Hill

  • 11:30 am CST
    How Jewelry Industry Funds Flow: the problem with Government Control of Gold in Venezuela, Military Control of Gemstones in Myanmar, Oligarchs’s Control of Mozambique Rubies, and Government Control in Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields

    A session with Dr. Joseph Hanlon, Visiting Senior Fellow, Dept. of International Development | London Schools of Economics and Political Science and Visiting Senior Research Fellow Open University | Development Policy & Practice Group; Sara Yood, Deputy General Counsel | Jewelers Vigilance Committee; Louis Marechal, Sector Lead, Minerals & Extractives | OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct; Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director | Human Rights Watch; and Moderated by Annabel Davidson, Editor | Vanity Fair on Jewellery

  • 1:45 pm CST
    Sex trafficking and gender based violence in mines and mining communities

    A session with Dr. Jocelyn Kelly, Director | Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Grace Njapau Efrati, President | Association of Zambian Women in Mining; Gladys Balance, Gender Studies Lecturer and Researcher; and Moderated by Susan Wheeler

  • 3:00 pm CST
    Be aware of the vulnerabilities in our gold, diamond, and gemstone supply chains through the work of the US Department of Labor

    A session with Caleb Owen, Senior International Relations Specialist | U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking


Saturday, November 13
  • 8:00 AM CST
    Introducing the Ethical Metalsmiths SO Fresh + So Clean 2021 winner and a video presentation on safe studio practices

    With Khajornsak Nakpan and Julia Giangrande, Presented by Andrea Hill

  • 8:30 AM CST
    The Marange Women's Alliance, an Initiative Supported by the Responsible Jewelry Transformative: Stepping Out and Stepping Up

    A session by Billy Matambo, Chairperson | Marange Women's Alliance (MWA), and Senior Officer | Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Workers Union; Abigail Sibanda, Gender Focal Person | Marange Women's Alliance (MWA); Susan Wheeler; and Moderated by Monica Stephenson, ANZA Gems

  • 9:45 AM CST
    CRAFT Code, An Artisanal Mining Assessment: Growing, Modifying, and Morphing

    A session with Patience Singo, Virtu Gem | Technical Advisor on CRAFT Code; Pauline Mundia, Manager | Farmer Communication Outreach Project; Charles Douglas-Hamilton, Consultant | World Bank Energy & Extractives Global Practice; Patricia Ndagano, Consultant | World Bank Energy & Extractives Global Practice; and Moderated by Monica Gichuhi, Extractives Industry Consultant | Virtu Gem and AGEC

  • 11:00 AM CST
    How to elevate a nation's gemstone trade through a single gemcut design

    A session with Dr. Adriano Mol, Professor & Specialist in Gem and Jewelry Design; Jessica Hudson, Owner and Designer | VIPĀKA Jewelry and Founder | The Nomad Jeweler; Lameck Thole, Head, Skills Training & Production | GPLTC; Carol Muchira, Country Coordinator for Virtu Gem in Kenya; Chikomeni Manda, Virtu Gem | Gemstone Miner, Dealer, ASM Advocate and Trainer; and Moderated by Robert Weldon, Director | RTL Gemological Library & Information Center, GIA

  • 1:00 PM CST
    Jewelry Designer Panel: Jewelry designers and retailers committed to clean supply chains and partnerships for change

    A session with Andrea Jose, Creative Director | Peruvian Fine Jewellery, and Founder | Casa Collab; Rachel Sweeney, Cox & Power Jewellery; Kyle Abram, Brand Catalyst | Reflective Jewelry; and Moderated by Kerry Bannigan, Executive Director | Fashion Impact Fund

  • 2:15 PM CST
    Deep sea mining, tailing ponds and mercury in the Amazon: ramifications of mining gold, diamonds, and gems on our worlds water

    A session with Bronwen Currie, Independent Marine Biologist; Marcelo Oliveira, Senior Programme Officer | WWF - Brasil; Daniel Franks, Program Lead, Development Minerals, Deputy Director (Research) | University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute; and Moderated by Andrea Hill

  • 3:30 PM CST
    Diamond Certification with SCS Global

    A session with Brandee Dallow, Vice President of Sustainability | SCS Global Services

2021 Conference Speakers

Working Speaker List

CEO Hill Management Group | Werx Brands
Founder | Responsible Jewelry Transformative
Brand Catalyst | Reflective Jewelry
Gender Studies Lecturer and Researcher | Midlands State Univeristy
Executive Director | Fashion Impact Fund
Owner & Creative Director | Susan Crow Studio
Vice President of Sustainability | SCS Global Services
Editor, Vanity Fair on Jewellery
Sr. Intl. Relations Officer | Office Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking | U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Intl. Labor Affairs
Program Lead | Development Minerals | Deputy Director (Research), University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute
Ethical Metalsmith Student
Extractives Industry Consultant | Virtu Gem, AGEC
Staff Attorney | EarthRights International
Visiting Senior Fellow | Department of International Development, London Schools of Economics and Political Science; Visiting Senior Research Fellow | Development Policy & Practice Group
Owner and Designer | VIPĀKA Jewelry; Founder | The Nomad Jeweler
Creative Director | Peruvian Fine Jewellery
Director | Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Associate Director | Children's Rights Division | Human Rights Watch
Sector Lead, Minerals & Extractives | OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct
Chairperson | Marange Women's Alliance (MWA); Senior Officer | Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Workers Union
Southern Africa Director | Human Rights Watch
Researcher | International Peace Information Service (IPIS)
Professor & Specialist in Gem and Jewelry Design
Gemologist and Gem Cutter | Director at Mkuki Gems & Jewelry Ltd. | Country Coordinator for Virtu Gem in Kenya
Ethical Metalsmith Student
President |Association of Zambian Women in Mining (AZWIM)
Senior Programme Officer | WWF - Brasil
Senior International Relations Specialist | U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking
Gender Focal Person | Marange Women's Alliance (MWA)
Virtu Gem | Technical Advisor on CRAFT Code
Cox & Power Jewellery
Hydrology and Water Resources Scientist | Congo River Basin
Deputy General Counsel | Jewelers Vigilance Committee
Independent Marine Biologist
Manager | Farmer Communication Outreach Project
Head, Skills Training & Production | GPLTC
Director of the RTL Gemological Library & Information Center | GIA