Madeline Albright; Deepak Chopra to Address GIA Symposium


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 in 1995.

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. 2627).



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