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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) has partnered with the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) to establish the first in a series of Diamond Empowerment Fund Scholarships.

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies’ unique approach develops Pan-African leaders who have a lived understanding and experience on the continent and who, in turn, can facilitate economic integration and social cohesion.  The Diamond Empowerment Fund Scholarship will be earmarked for a student from a diamond producing country whose chosen post-graduate study will be in a field of interest that meets the needs for improving the quality of life for Africans..

The Diamond Empowerment Fund was inspired by Nelson Mandela who encouraged D.E.F’s co-founders to tell the world the positive impact Africa’s diamonds were having to build healthy and educated communities on the continent.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and to continue the legacy of giving back to the very communities where diamonds are found”, said D.E.F President Anna Martin, also senior vice president of GIA.

2018 marks the centenary birthday for Nelson Mandela whose own impact will be acknowledged and celebrated at the Mandela Peace Summit on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly later this month. 

Additional D.E.F scholarships will be identified in the coming months, each representing the global impact of the diamond industry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) has partnered with the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) to establish the first in a series of Diamond Empowerment Fund Scholarships.

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies’ unique approach develops Pan-African leaders who have a lived understanding and experience on the continent and who, in turn, can facilitate economic integration and social cohesion.  The Diamond Empowerment Fund Scholarship will be earmarked for a student from a diamond producing country whose chosen post-graduate study will be in a field of interest that meets the needs for improving the quality of life for Africans..

The Diamond Empowerment Fund was inspired by Nelson Mandela who encouraged D.E.F’s co-founders to tell the world the positive impact Africa’s diamonds were having to build healthy and educated communities on the continent.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and to continue the legacy of giving back to the very communities where diamonds are found”, said D.E.F President Anna Martin, also senior vice president of GIA.

2018 marks the centenary birthday for Nelson Mandela whose own impact will be acknowledged and celebrated at the Mandela Peace Summit on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly later this month. 

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Additional D.E.F scholarships will be identified in the coming months, each representing the global impact of the diamond industry.

                                                                                  

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Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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