Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.
The WJA Chicago Chapter focuses on helping members advance and develop careers in the jewelry and watch industry. Throughout the year, we host educational and social events with opportunities to network and to learn more about various facets of the industry.
Our members come from both city and suburbs. They include a mix of those involved in retail and wholesale businesses, design, marketing, sales, support services, and other aspects of the industry. To facilitate professional growth of members, the chapter supports and promotes grants and scholarships, offers opportunities for mentoring, and participates in national and chapter recognition programs.
We gathered at the Queen Mary Tavern in Chicago for an evening of networking.
Mix & Mingle
Pearl Update with Renée Newman
2018 in the Know Conference & Jewelry Night Out
Both events were on September 13, 2018.
The in the Know (ITK) Chicago Conference featured a full day dedicated to educational advancement and communal collaboration between peers, speakers, and friends alike. Events included presentations and panel discussions about current topics and trends pertaining to diamonds, colored gemstones, and issues impacting the jewelry industry at large. Esteemed speakers included:
In the evening, WJA Chicago celebrated the annual membership event. We brought together members and others in the jewelry industry to share in their passion for the work they do all year long. Some of the most recent AGTA Spectrum Awards™ winning pieces were on display. We viewed a glass-blowing demonstration by staff of Ignite (the venue for both events).
WJA Chicago welcomed four new and renewing members during the networking session that started the evening.
During the program Ruth Thuston, Director of Fine Jewelry, described the auction process, how to prepare for an auction, and tips about bidding. Roberta Kramer, Auctioneer and Managing Director, conducted a mock jewelry auction.
Our 2018 Shining Star!
Thank you, Olivia, for your
extraordinary volunteer service
to WJA Chicago!
Join us for the fun as we learn, connect, and grow professionally by participating in local educational and networking events. Venues include wonderful stores, galleries, studios, museums, and other industry-related companies throughout the Chicago area. We offer special member pricing for events.
To learn about becoming
a WJA member and about the Chicago Chapter, contact Olivia Zale (our Membership Chair) at email@example.com.
Vice President / President-Elect:
Susan Wheeler Geraghty
Events / Fundraising:
Communications / Eblasts / Website:
Susan Wheeler Geraghty
Grants / Scholarships:
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