Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.
Take a look at some of the amazing things our members say about being a part of the Women's Jewelry Association:
"Some industry organizations are optional - WJA is NOT."
-Marc Knobloch, The Jewelry Stylist
WJA member since 2014
"The best part about being involved with the WJA Seattle chapter is the support and community. You can just feel how dedicated and passionate everyone in our chapter is about the jewelry industry, and how excited they are to share that knowledge. Any time I've run into a roadblock at the bench or in business, I have always had several WJA friends to lean on for solutions and problem solving."
- Adrienne Krieger, Everling Jewelry
WJA Member and the Seattle Chapter’s 2015 Shining Star
"WJA offers extraordinary venues and opportunities to our local Boston chapter members. The chance to network and to increase our knowledge of the jewelry industry is invaluable and worth every penny. And everything is accomplished with a sense of style and fun."
President of the WJA Boston Chapter
"I joined WJA after moving to Kentucky from another state. Not knowing anyone in the jewelry industry in my area, WJA became a valuable resource, not just for my career but for my personal life as well. I have met an amazing group of women from all walks of the industry who constantly motivate and inspire me, as well as share their knowledge and unique points of view. The events, educational opportunities, and support from other members are invaluable. I have made great friends in our chapter and am now on the Board, hoping to inspire new members."
-Meg Carroll, Meg C Gallery
WJA Ohio/ Kentucky Chapter
“Joining WJA and becoming actively involved in the Nor Cal Chapter was a turning point in my career path. The networking and mentoring that came out of my involvement with this organization helped me to grow in ways I never imagined. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that is built on the shoulders of so many high caliber professional women, the leaders and pioneers in the jewelry industry. Women empowering women: that is the greatest gift of this extraordinary organization!”
-Clare Ullman, Clare Ullman Design
WJA US Western Regional Director and the Northern California Chapter’s 2015 Shining Star
“WJA has been a lifeline for me to keep connected to women in all aspects of our industry. The best part of being a part of the WJA is the support and kinship from my friends in the various chapters.”
-Laurie Watt, Mayer & Watt
Vice President of the WJA Ohio / Kentucky Chapter and 2015 Shining Star
“In a few short months, WJA has already proved as an invaluable resource with a wonderful network of women dedicated to helping one another succeed, I am thrilled and inspired to begin my career alongside the Boston Chapter.”
-Alexis Kletjian, Alexis Kletjian Fine Jewelry
WJA Boston Chapter’s 2015 Shining Star
“The unwavering support and encouragement I have received from my fellow members in the Midwest Chapter has had such a huge impact in my life and career. I started out in our chapter as a young person new to the industry, and my mentors were always so generous and patient with their advice and guidance. I’ve found that some in the industry prefer to keep their successes and failures private, but the women of the Midwest Chapter tend to share their journeys in the hope that we can all learn something from them. I fully intend on paying it forward by mentoring the next generation of jewelry professionals whenever the opportunity arises!”
- Katie Hammond, KH Fine Jewelry & Consulting, LLC
Preseident-Elect of the WJA Chicago Chapter’ and 2015 Shining Star
“I can’t imagine working in the jewelry industry and not being a part of the WJA…it is such a great way to stay connected with old friends, meet new people in the industry and connect with smart women who are all about working together to accomplish great things.”
-Caryl Capeci, Hearts on Fire
“I originally joined WJA for all the networking possibilities. After I joined, I realized how much more WJA offers jewelry industry professionals. I still enjoy all the events that make it possible to network, but I also enjoy the emphasis that is placed on education.”
-Becka Johnson Kibby, The Edge Retail Academy
WJA National VP of Chapter Affairs