In 2009, Elisabeth Agro gave a lecture at SOFA NY titled Incubation: Philadelphia's Emergent Metalsmiths. This lecture was sponsored by AJF. Agro also took part in a special AJF breakfast event called Curator Discussion: Collecting Studio Jewelry.
In her lecture, Agro took a risky position by naming six young jewelers who she thought showed potential – three of whom used a CAD (computer assisted design) program to make their jewelry. Anne Mesko, director of SOFA Programming and Advertising, said: "It was an eye-opening lecture and I expect that we'll learn more about this work in upcoming museum exhibits."