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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.




Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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