GSI, New York –
Gemological Science International (GSI) has appointed Alethea Inns as its Chief Learning Officer. The new role is part of GSI’s commitment to ongoing education programs, courses, and tools for the trade and consumers. As a seasoned professional, Ms. Inns’ extensive background and evident passion for diamonds will be a valuable addition to GSI’s research and education departments.
“Alethea brings valuable expertise and extensive knowledge to her role, which will contribute to our long-term goals. We are thrilled to welcome Alethea to our team,” said Debbie Azar, President and Co-Founder of GSI.
Ms. Inns holds her MS in Nonprofit Management and Project Management from Northeastern University. She obtained her Hons. B.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University, her FGA from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and her Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She has spent her career specializing in the theory and practice of diamond grading, fancy colored diamonds, and colored stone identification. She has experience expanding education, course offerings, and gemological knowledge to members of the industry, including specializing in learning strategy, e-learning development, instructional design, professional credentialing, and influencing change through building a culture of learning.
About Gemological Science International
Gemological Science International (GSI) is one of the largest gemological organizations in the world. Founded in 2005 in New York City, it has since grown to have 13 gemological laboratory facilities spanning four continents. Utilizing leading-edge processes and proprietary technologies, GSI provides manufacturers and retailers globally with a wide range of gemstone identification and grading services. The company is committed to advancing gemological professionals and the general public at all levels. For more information about GSI, visit www.gemscience.net
Debbie Azar is an experienced executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries. Her entrepreneurial skills and clarity of vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide.
She began her industry career by starting her own successful costume jewelry business. She then expanded her knowledge of the industry with sales, marketing and business development roles at several companies. In 2005, she joined Mark Gershburg to establish GSI. Ms. Azar is an active member of myriad industry organizations and charities; she currently serves as a Board Member of Jewelers for Children. She is also a Forbes Business Council member.
Her strengths include working directly with retail chains and stores to help build their business and brands. She is widely known in the industry for her commitment to meeting customer needs.