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Women’s Jewelry Association Launches Advocacy Task Force

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(PRESS RELEASE) POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Women’s Jewelry Association has launched an “advocacy task force” to explore and ultimately create actionable tools, training, education, workplace coaching and mentorship that can be used by WJA members to advance women’s roles in the jewelry industry workplace.

Topics to be explored by WJA’s task force may include (but will not be limited to) how to positively impact:

  • The number of qualified women in professional leadership positions in the jewelry industry.
  • The number of qualified women serving as directors on jewelry industry boards.
  • Gender-related biases in the jewelry industry workplace, including policies related to caregiving, advancement, and compensation.
  • Other gender-based jewelry industry workplace issues, including discrimination and sexual harassment.

The formation of the WJA advocacy task force is a direct result of data and input received from a series of focused, strategic planning sessions conducted in early 2016 (and again in 2017) by the Women’s Jewelry Association international board, chapter presidents, and other affiliate members. During those sessions, the topic of advocacy on behalf of women in the workplace became a theme for new ways to provide benefits to WJA members and to further the organization’s overall mission.

“Though our mission has always been to promote the professional interests of women in the jewelry and watch industries, we hope to become an even greater resource to our members by offering focused programming on professional development and work-related topics,” said Bernadette McGovern Mack, WJA executive director. “Ultimately, our goal is to foster systemic, lasting progress in the areas of leadership and representation.”

The advocacy task force is comprised of current WJA members from across the country and represents many of the jewelry industry’s professional sectors. It has been charged with defining the scope and goals of WJA’s advocacy efforts toward the development of resources for women, men, and companies to get smarter on gender-related issues.

Working group members include Ashley Chan, Lei Lee Jewels; Jen Cullen Williams, Luxury Brand Group; Peggy Jo Donahue, Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer; Anna Martin, Gemological Institute of America; Susan Posnock, Jewelers of America; Maren Rosen, Stuller; and Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt, along with WJA President Brandee Dallow, President-Elect Jenny Luker, and Mack.

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WJA has also retained Cecilia Gardner, former president, CEO, and general counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, to assist the task force. Gardner now runs her own consultancy. WJA will also be requesting the help and assistance of additional, interested women and men who are leaders in the jewelry industry, to drive and inform the further actions of the advocacy project. The association plans to deploy a series of surveys to its members, as well as the industry at large, to learn more about their needs.

“My most sincere hope is that by exploring, discussing, and understanding the issues facing our members today, WJA can create a road map that will help companies recognize the value of fully empowering women – whether it be through balanced representation, wage equality, education, or training – throughout every level of the jewelry supply chain,” said Dallow. “I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization that has, and will continue to have, such a positive influence on women’s roles in the jewelry and watch industries.”

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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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