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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 and Liz Brehmer

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. 

One-on-One Mentorship 

Members looking for mentorship can access our updated WJA Mentor program microsite.  Resources include a WJA Mentorship Guide, Mentee Interest Form, and Mentor Directory. This valuable benefit is exclusive to WJA members only! 

What our members say

"I never would have had the confidence to cold call jewelry stores and ask about an apprenticeship, but my mentor pushed me to go outside of my comfort zone.  I’m not sure if I can even accurately convey the impact of her mentoring efforts because it has led to opportunities and experiences that have forever changed my life."
- Jenn S.

"My mentor is the wind beneath our wings.  She has never stopped supporting us and sharing her wisdom.  When we make it, I will consider her a major contributor to our success. The WJA and its mentorship program help beyond words!"
- Peggy H.

I truly believe that this is a wonderful program and very helpful.  I’m excited to get my mentee into the workforce and for her to achieve success in the jewelry industry."
- Wade C.

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