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WJA Foundation Launches New Radiant Mind Technology Scholarship in Partnership with Jewelers Mutual and BIJC

Applicants can apply by June 30, 2022.




WJA Foundation Launches New Radiant Mind Technology Scholarship in Partnership with Jewelers Mutual and BIJC

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation launched their new Radiant Minds Technology Scholarship with the goal of providing women of color the education they need to be successful in tech-related jobs within the jewelry industry. Jewelers Mutual and Black in Jewelry Coalition have provided financial support to make the scholarship possible.

The selected scholarship recipient will be awarded funding up to $17,500 to pay for a training or certification program focused on software engineering (i.e., UI/UX, data analytics, front and back-end design and development, etc.) at a school of their choice (options include university education, bootcamp education, etc.), approved by the scholarship committee.

Additionally, as a part of the recipient’s education Jewelers Mutual Group will offer exposure to leaders within their organization for mentoring and guidance to prepare the individual with on-the-job experience.

Brandee Dallow, president of Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation said, “I am thrilled to partner with our friends at Jewelers Mutual and Black in Jewelry Coalition as we share the common goal of strengthening the jewelry industry’s talent pool. There simply aren’t enough skilled professionals to satisfy the technological needs of companies within the jewelry industry today and in the future, and we are doing our job to prepare our industry to be successful.”

The Radiant Minds Scholarship is available to women of color, inside and outside of the jewelry industry, and supports diversity, equity and inclusion. Applicants can learn more and apply by June 30, 2022 by clicking here, with recipient announced around August 15, 2022.

Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation is leading the conversation around diversity and inclusion in the workplace and continues to educate the jewelry industry through various ongoing initiatives. This month the Women’s Jewelry Association will also be hosting the Generating Community Impact Breakfast at JCK on June 11, 2022, focused on training that builds diverse, inclusive, and respectful work environments.




Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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