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Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.  

Leadership Development & Mentorship


About WJA's Leadership Development and Mentor Program

Committee chaired by Debbie Hiss of Debbie Hiss Consulting

The purpose of the Leadership Development Committee is to provide platforms from which we can develop leaders in the fine jewelry and watch industries. Our mission statement is as follows: To develop and offer educational and networking initiatives to our members that impart the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the fine jewelry and watch industries.

The Mentor Program is a fundamental expression of WJA's overall commitment to each member's personal growth and professional development. As a hallmark of WJA's commitment to foster the success of our future industry leaders, the Mentor Program connects experienced professionals with aspiring talent in a supportive environment. The program's goal is to provide both parties with a rewarding professional relationship that is mutually advantageous.

The Mentor Program provides the opportunity to apply real-life wisdom, and the benefit of each participant's point-of-view, to workplace situations. Regardless of age or career tenure, WJA believes that all members have something to offer to one another. 


The program offers several ways in which mentors and mentees can connect:

One-on-One Mentorship 

A member looking for mentorship can choose an available WJA Mentor. The mentor/mentee relationship will have the duration of 3 months, with the option of one 3-month renewal, at the discretion of the mentor. Monthly time commitment and means of communication will be decided upon by each mentor/mentee. 

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Chapter-Wide Speed Mentoring Events

Mentors and mentees come together for a fun and informative evening. Each mentor sits with a mentee for 15 to 20 minutes. By the end of the evening, each mentor will have met one-on-one with 5 to 6 participants. Visit our Calendar of Events to see if Speed Mentoring is scheduled near you.

Mentor Conference Calls

Selected mentors will be asked to offer their expertise to a small group (5-10) of WJA members via video conferencing. Questions from participating mentees will be submitted to mentor prior to meeting. 

If you would like to find out more information or get involved and begin your road to developing your own leadership skills, please contact for further information.

*Participation in the mentor program is limited to paid members in good standing with WJA.