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WJA Debuts Mentorship Guide and Workbook

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Women’s Jewelry Association has introduced new materials for its WJA Mentorship Program, to guide and structure the mentor-mentee relationship. Included in the new materials is a WJA Mentorship Guide, a WJA Mentee Meeting Preparation Workbook, and an online form that makes it easy for WJA members to request a mentor from the list of industry experts who have made themselves available to members for this purpose.

The WJA Mentorship Guide contains advice for both mentors and mentees.

For mentors, it provides information they may need to be good partners for their mentees. It also encourages mentors to help mentees grapple with gender equality issues, if these are a concern, and to ask the kinds of questions that bring out such aspects of work life.

For mentees, the membership guide includes information on how to look for a mentor, how a mentorship relationship is structured, the ground rules of such relationships, and other general advice.

Mentees can also avail themselves of the WJA Mentee Meeting Preparation Workbook to write down their goals for the mentoring process, prepare questions to ask, list desired outcomes and action items, and more. There’s also an online form that mentees can fill out to request a mentor.

“Women who are mentored by others feel supported and more satisfied in their careers. We also know that mentors can have an impact at all stages of a mentee’s career,” says Jenny Luker, president of WJA. “Helping women to become more confident and sure of their talents is one of WJA’s key goals in our mentorship program.”

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The WJA Mentorship Program is available exclusively as a benefit to WJA members, with the mission to help them build skills to become leaders in the fine jewelry and timepiece industries. It offers the chance for WJA members to connect with mentors for a 3-month time period, with the option to renew for another 3-month interval, at the discretion of the mentor. Mentor and mentee decide on the time commitment and means of communication they will employ.

“Since most companies do not offer formal mentoring programs, and many who work in the jewelry trade are self-employed, WJA ‘s program offers a unique opportunity for WJA members to find and connect with other members who are mentors,” says WJA Executive Director Bernadette McGovern Mack. “Our goal as an association is to keep more talented women in the jewelry industry, and we know that the more women are mentored, the more success they will have.”

Mentors for the WJA program span the range of careers to which WJA members may aspire, and they are listed by the categories in which they have expertise. They include: appraisals, business development/career strategy, consultancy, corporate social responsibility, diamonds and gemstones, e-commerce retailer, education, financial planning, independent retailing, jewelry design and development, jewelry photography, jewelry manufacturing, marketing, media, non-profits/trade associations, social media, and sustainable sourcing.

WJA Leadership Development Co-Chairs, Debbie Hiss of Pure Grown Diamonds, and Liz Brehmer of the Gemological Institute of America, manage the WJA Mentorship Program, along with WJA Membership Coordinator Rachel Jurisz. “The WJA Mentorship Program provides the opportunity for mentors to apply real-life wisdom, and the benefit of their unique points-of-view, to workplace situations,” state Hiss and Bremer. “Regardless of age or career tenure, WJA believes that all members have something to offer to one another.”

Women or men who would like to become WJA mentors should contact dhiss@puregrowndiamonds.com or ebrehmer@gia.edu for further information.

For more information on the WJA Mentorship Program, visit https://www.womensjewelryassociation.com/leadershipdevelopment.

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Now Doing Business As Diamonds Do Good

The change will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Seizing on the simplicity, significance and resonance of its “Diamonds Do Good” tagline, the Diamond Empowerment Fund announced that it will evolve its business name to Diamonds Do Good. In keeping with the change, the non-profit organization has reimagined its logo and will be doing the same to its signature Las Vegas event held on the eve of the opening of the JCK Show.

Inspired by Nelson Mandela in 2007, over the past 12+ years the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission has supported programs that develop and empower people in diamond communities around the world. In recent years, its mission expanded to exemplify and tell the stories of the good that natural diamonds do for people in the communities where they’re mined, cut, polished, and sold. Those stories have resonated with consumers and the trade alike: consumers have a better image of the natural diamond industry, and are more interested in purchasing a natural diamond after reading the ‘do good’ stories hosted on diamondsdogood.com. Likewise, members of the industry now identify their own sustainability programs under the ‘do good’ banner and use #diamondsdogood in their social media outreach, further building on the message and ensuring that diamonds continue to be a source of sustained economic development around the world.

Having created and trademarked the Diamonds Do Good name in 2014, the organization will now identify itself under this moniker moving forward, and has rebranded itself with a fresh, new look to mark this evolution. It will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas, as a reimagined evening and experience that draws the industry’s top global leaders.

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to Be back in February 2020

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Apart from showcasing extravagant collections of jewelry and offering an international trading platform twice a year, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair has become a place where trust is established, and where business partners have turned into friends from long years of trading.

With quality products from manufacturers, traders and designers, lasting relations could be enhanced at the 65th edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair from February 25 to 29, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For the pre-registration form, click here. Email the form back at ttclausa@att.net or FAX: 323 466 1559.

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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Jewelers Mutual Donates $500,000 to Three Organizations in Charitable Campaign for 2019

The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — In honor of Giving Tuesday, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the culmination of its charitable campaign for 2019, resulting in $500,000 in donations to three deserving organizations. Funds were distributed this week to Feeding America, the Kids In Need Foundation and Special Olympics. The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

“It is important to have our policyholders be a part of our give back efforts because we share a mutual passion to help others in need. By encouraging them to vote, they made their voices heard, and were able to support the causes they are passionate about,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Together, we really can do more, and we’re thrilled with the interest, engagement and the results this campaign has received both locally and on a national level.”

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More than 40,000 votes were made by Jewelers Mutual policyholders during the five-month voting period. Based on policyholder votes, Feeding America received $178,300, Kids In Need Foundation received $169,500, and Special Olympics received $147,200. Donations will also be made to Canadian organizations with similar missions.

How policyholders’ votes and corresponding Jewelers Mutual donations impacted the three organizations:

  • Feeding America
    The donation of $178,300 helps provide at least 1,783,000 meals.*
  • Kids In Need Foundation
    The donation of $169,395 supplies over 820 classrooms and 21,000 under-served students with supplies and resources. Additionally, Jewelers Mutual became the first national sponsor of GiftATeacher.org, a program which funds and provides enough school supplies to supply an entire classroom for a full semester.
  • Special Olympics
    The donation of $147,200 by Jewelers Mutual helped train approximately 2,450 Special Olympics athletes and provide a significant and life changing impact for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jewelers Mutual encourages and supports its employees to be socially responsible and involved in their community. In addition to the dollars being donated, employees volunteered their time to assist all three organizations in 2019– sorting meals and stocking food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a member of the Feeding America network; taking part in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics; and, packing and distributing 2,000 backpacks for the Kids In Need Foundation.

Jewelers Mutual looks forward to continuing its philanthropic pursuits in 2020 to support charitable organizations important to its employees and policyholders. For more information on how Jewelers Mutual gives back, visit JewelersMutual.com/social-responsibility and check out this video and infographic highlighting the past year.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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