November 18, 2005
Madeline Albright; Deepak Chopra to Address GIA Symposium
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will help kick off the
Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) 4th International Gemological
Symposium when she presents the lead keynote address on Sunday, Aug. 27,
2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. Then, on Tuesday,
Aug. 29, one of the world's pioneers in the field of mind-body medicine,
Deepak Chopra, will present "Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life"
at a special luncheon during the symposium.
Secretary Albright became the United States' first woman secretary of state
in 1997, at the time the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S.
government. Immediately preceding her appointment, from 1993 to 1997, she
served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a
member of the President's Cabinet. In 1995, she led the U.S. delegation to
the U.N.'s Fourth World Conference on Women, in Beijing.
Currently head of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm that she
founded, Secretary Albright is also chairman of the National Democratic
Institute for International Affairs, co-chair of the Pew Global Attitudes
Project, and president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. In addition,
she serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and
on the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute.
Secretary Albright is a jewelry enthusiast, noted for her eclectic
collection of fine and costume brooches. She is working on a book about her
collection, which will be published in 2008. The book, which will be
illustrated, will discuss the historical and personal significance of the
collection and her use of brooches as a tool of diplomacy.
Chopra is recognized for his revolutionary philosophy on expanding
traditional Western medicine with natural healing traditions. He will
discuss concepts from his latest best seller and a book signing will be held
immediately after the presentation.
Chopra's groundbreaking work helped create a paradigm shift in the approach
to Western medicine one that encompasses physical, mental, emotional,
spiritual, and social wellness. After serving as chief of staff for Boston
Regional Medical Center and then building a successful endocrinology
practice, he created The Chopra Center for Well Being in Southern California
The GIA Symposium will bring together upwards of 1,500 participants from
around the globe to gain firsthand knowledge from gem and jewelry experts
representing every aspect of the international trade: diamonds, colored
stones, pearls, gemology, jewelry design, manufacturing, marketing,
branding, and retail. A variety of powerful formats will provide a dynamic
experience for attendees, including presentations by industry leaders and
distinguished business figures from inside and outside the trade, plus panel
sessions, provocative "war rooms," and spectacular social events.
Visit www.gia.edu to register or for further details on the 4th International Gemological Symposium and the pre-Symposium Gemological Research Conference (Aug. 26Ð27).