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WJA Norcal + WJA Miami Present Conversations on Diversity:
Deconstructing Gender in Jewelry


 

In honor of Pride month, WJA NorCal and WJA Miami are coming together for an important conversation focusing on how gender impacts the jewelry industry. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising which was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

Join us on June 17th at 7pm EST / 4pm PT, as we welcome Sol Diaz (they/them) of Soelia, Mando Bee (they/them), and Vanessa Miller (she/they) of Black Queer Magic to our panel! Hear about the challenges and opportunities directly from queer designers and jewelers as they share their perspective and experiences in how they design, produce, and market their work. The panel will also explore barriers to entering the jewelry industry and discuss necessary changes that will foster genuine inclusivity and diversity for the LGBTQIA+ community within the jewelry industry.  
 

This event is open to members and non-members. Tickets are FREE! 

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.
Register Here


About the Panelists:


Sol Diaz, Soelia

 

Sol Diaz is a trans/nonbinary jeweler, experimental metal smith, and founder of Soelia. They fell into the jewelry industry by chance. During their time at college, their guidance counselor recommended a jewelry class while building up credits to transfer to a fashion design school in Manhattan. On the first day at the jewelry studio while sitting at the bench, they realized it was a space for new possibilities, and were instantly on a journey to learning different facets of the jewelry industry. The focus of their work was born out of the need to break the ideologies of gender within jewelry to create a space for everyone within the gender spectrum. 

Their company Soelia centers itself around individuality and sacredness. Channeling their ancestors, they hope to manifest a vision of our future with every piece they make. The experimentation of the materials they use with their work further expands the possibilities of different forms and shapes within Indigenous futurism. Moving beyond the visual representation of sacred jewelry that's displayed in history books or museums. They’re here to move their ancestors into a new space, one that they never imagined. 
Follow Sol on Instagram at @Soelianyc




Mando Bee

 

Mando MANDO BEE earned their BFA from Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry in 2018. They have exhibited their work with Heidi Lowe Gallery, Ombre Gallery, JCK Las Vegas, ACC Atlanta and Baltimore, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Australian Temp/Contemp Gallery, and Milan, Italy Jewelry Week. MANDO was included in the One for the Future emerging artist program, Placement, The EXHIBITIONIST, and Here We Are during New York City Jewelry Week. In 2018 they completed a 3 month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. MANDO was also included in the American Craft Council emerging artist program HIP POP. They are featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Learning Lab highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists, , SNAG JaMS, ARTISTAR Jewels, and Accessory Vanity Fair Magazine. MANDO is currently an MFA candidate at SUNY New Paltz.

Follow Mando on Instagram at @sparkle_filth, and visit their website at mandobee.cloud



Vanessa Miller, Black Queer Magic

VBM, LMSW (she/they) has been a self taught jeweler for 4 years. With BQMNY LLC, V offers handmade jewelry and workshop facilitations to aid in the adornment and reclamation of Black LGBTQ bodies. They began their journey with wire wrapping and ascended to lapidary, electroforming, metal smithing, and jewelry design facilitation. V was the artist in residence at The Future MPLS Artist Residency in July 2018 where they offered programming for the Black LGBTQ community. She has also been featured in Huffington Post, Glamour, Them, and Buzzfeed. Lastly, V has vended at over 40 events including Allied Media Conference and National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change.
Follow V on Instagram at @blackqueermagic and visit their website at bqmny.com

Register Here

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WJA Miami Tote bags are available for purchase.
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    PAST EVENTS


WJA Miami Presents: Ethical Sourcing of Colored Gemstones!

 

Have you ever wondered where your gemstones come from? What was the pathway they took from the ground to your jewelry? Let's get some of those questions answered... We are excited to welcome the President of Ethical Metalsmiths + founder of Anza Gems Monica Stephenson, the founder of Columbia Gem House Eric Braunwart, and co-founder of Ethical in Action and designer + owner of jewelry brand Dally+Toil , Sabrina Hoffman!

Join us on May 20th at 7pm EST, as the
 panelists share their experience on sourcing ethical gemstones and ways to determine if your gemstones were mined ethically. There will be a Q+A, so bring your questions!

This event is open to members and non-members. Tickets are FREE!

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.
Register Here



About the Panelists:


Monica Stephenson, Founder ANZA Gems


Monica Stephenson founded jewelry blog idazzle.com in 2008, and the responsible gemstone company ANZA Gems in 2015. ANZA Gems fuels development in Kenya and Tanzania through responsible gemstone purchasing and supports education initiatives in mining communities. She recently collaborated with NGO Pact, the Tanzania Women Miners Association, and Everledger on Moyo Gems, a traceable model to bring gems from women miners of Tanga, Tanzania to the international market. Monica is on the international Board of Directors of the Women's Jewelry Association and current President of the Board of Ethical Metalsmiths

You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @idazzle @anzagems @moyogems


Eric Braunwart, Founder Columbia Gem House

 

At Columbia Gem House, we recognize that gemstones are a gift from the earth. As a company, we make sure all individuals in the supply chain and the earth itself, are treated with the respect they deserve. With decades of creative gemstone cutting, manufacturing, and developing/maintaining strict Fair Trade Gem Protocols, we are committed to public education, diversity in the industry, and fair practices at every touchpoint from mine to market. We're 45 years and counting in our work with artisanal miners worldwide. Follow along @columbiagemhouse
 


Sabrina Hoffman, Co-founder Ethical in Action

 

Sabrina Hoffman started working in jewelry in early 2018 after feeling like the jewelers that she was working with to design pieces weren’t being completely honest. In the journey to unravel all of the information, she ended up a licensed jewelry designer under the name Dally + Toil, which basically means to act playfully while working hard.
Doing business in an ethical, honest, and transparent manner have always been cornerstones for Sabrina, who focuses on colored gemstone jewelry design. In some twist of fate, the first people that she sat next to at the first official jewelry conference she attended was Eric and Kathe Braunwart, of Columbia Gem House, who’s company is one of the OG’s in transparency and equitable supply chain work.
Sabrina’s mission has been to design jewelry in a manner that finds ways to support the whole supply chain, along with the bridging of old school and new school jewelers and bringing industry issues to a platform for conversation to move into a better future for the industry. She still works with Columbia Gem House on projects including the IG account Ethical in Action which finds ways to spotlight what companies and independents are doing to support an equitable supply chain, but also various aspects of social and environmental life along that chain. You can follow along @ethical_in_action or @dallyandtoil 
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WJA Miami Presents: Mix + Mingle Trivia Night!

We are excited to invite our community to a Mix + Mingle Trivia Night! Come share your knowledge on a variety of topics including some local Miami fun facts! All participants will be randomly assigned to teams to get to know each other and answer the trivia questions.
Join your fellow WJA Miami members, friends, coworkers, and other industry professionals in this online version of trivia. Prizes will be given to the winning team, so make sure you come ready to play!

Hosted by WJA Seattle’s very own Anna Samsonova, a trivia buff and hostess with the mostess!

 

This event is open to members and non members. Tickets are Free!

 

Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration.



Anna Samsonova of Samsonova Consulting

 

Anna Samsonova is a Seattle, WA-based jewelry consultant with 16 years of luxury experience working with retail and wholesale companies in sales, merchandising, buying, branding, event marketing, upscaling and operations. She loves giving back to the industry and is a Seattle WJA, AGS & GIA past president and is currently the New Chapter Development Chair for WJA, as well as active mentor in the WJA Mentor Match Program. She started hosting trivia for the AGS Young Title Holders and to this day loves hosting for different chapters and organizations, while attending a local Trivia Tuesday to keep up!
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WJA Miami Presents:
March Wellness: Yoga for Makers with Denisse Monge


 

This month we want YOU to celebrate yourself! Many of us work exceptionally hard in our respective careers with little time for a break. This month we invite you to stop for a moment and take one with us.
 

Join us virtually at 1 p.m. on March 10th as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day with artist and certified Yoga teacher Denisse Monge. Denisse will share yoga poses for makers and discuss ways to incorporate movement into our daily lives. She will also lead us in a short yoga session to recharge us for the rest of our day. 

Take a few minutes for yourself and join us on March 10th, your body and mind will thank you!

 



Denisse Monge, Certified Yoga Teacher + Artist 
 

Denisse Monge is originally from Miami, Florida, and attained a bachelor's degree from the New World School of Arts in conjunction with the University of Florida. During this time, she laid the foundation for her artistic base that is embodied in every piece of art she creates. Until about 5 years ago Denisse earned her yoga teacher certification from what was then Bala Vinyasa Yoga. She decided to take a leap of faith and moved to New York City equipped with a body movement practice through yoga combined with her art background.
In her practice, photography is the tangible agent used to reach the physical person; while yoga is the medium to harness the intangible aspects of the human soul beyond that of a physical lens. It is here where she came to self-reflect and pursue her passion for teaching/mysticism. Denisse envisions imprinting her mark on her spiritual and creative movement practice through photography/yoga and hopes you can join her on this journey of a lifetime.

She is currently based in Miami, Florida, and teaching at The Art of Movement Miami, HealHaus, and The Vilij.

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WJA Miami Presents:
Marketing Trends in the Industry with Rebecca Foerster!


 

Access to information and educational resources greatly improves the odds of success for those getting started in their business. This is why we are excited to speak with President of Alrosa USA, Rebecca Foerster.  Foerster has years of experience in marketing, diamond supply chains, and luxury goods make her a wealth of knowledge on these subjects. 

  

Join us for a virtual conversation at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16th, where Foerster will discuss a variety of topics related to diamonds. She’ll get into the impact both COVID-19 and lab-grown diamonds have had on the market, tips for those wanting to start working with diamonds, and how to market them to grow your business. 

Don’t miss what will be an informative conversation on marketing within our industry as the world goes through many changes.




Rebecca Foerster, President ALROSA USA Inc.


Rebecca Foerster was appointed as President ALROSA USA Inc in 2019. In 2014-2018, Ms. Foerster served as Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing at New York’s Leo Schachter Diamonds, one of the largest diamond suppliers in the United States. Prior to that (since 2007), Rebecca Foerster held the position of Vice President at the US Representative office of Rio Tinto, one of the three largest diamond mining companies in the world. In 1998-2007, she served as Vice President of marketing for Frederick Goldman Inc. (New York), a jewelry manufacturer, specializing in the bridal market and brand development. Prior to that, she worked at large advertising agencies and corporations such as Revlon, Unilever and Benckiser in strategic marketing and branding positions for over 15 years. In 2021, Rebecca Foerster became a president of Diamonds Do Good organization, which supports programs that develop and empower people in natural diamond communities and share these stories of positive impact.  

 

In ALROSA, Rebecca Foerster is in charge of all the US office’s activities, such as auctions for rough and polished diamonds, marketing initiatives specific for the US market, communications with local retailers and manufacturers, as well as media outreach to inform the community about natural diamonds and protect the demand for them.

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Holiday Toy Drive 


With Lotus House
 Thursday, December 3rd from 7-8:30pm EST

2020 has been quite a year... and as get close to the Holiday season, a time when we would normally gather with family and community, we know not everyone is going to be able to celebrate the way they would like to. We would like to invite our WJA community to join us in a Holiday celebration, as we meet (virtually) to give thanks for what and who we have with us.

Kick back for a relaxing conversation of gratitude and celebration as we look back on 2020 and bring the year to a close.

As part of this giving thanks and being with community, we want to make sure we also give back. This year we are excited to work with Lotus House in gathering gifts and toys for their young ones!
 
 
The cost for this event is $10, with the option to make additional donations, and all proceeds will be going directly to Lotus House.
If you're unable to join us for the event, you can still contribute!
If you'd like to make a monetary donation, click here.
If you'd like to purchase something for the kids, visit the Lotus House Amazon Wishlist.

 


Lotus House is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. They provide sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to heal, learn, grow and blossom into who they are truly meant to be.

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WJA Miami Costume (Jewelry) Contest!


It's that time of year... when we normally plan costumes for Halloween and look forward to an abundance of costumes,candy and chocolate!
This year is looking a little different, but we wanted to make sure we still get a chance to dress up in costume. Instead of trying to plan a costume, how about you go through your jewelry box (or boxes) and find some of your most fabulous, fun, extravagent Costume Jewelry?! Time to pull out those pieces that you never get to wear, your best and brightest, and come show them off with your WJA community.

Remember, this is a contest, so get creative and go all out! We will be giving out fun prizes for the top three costumes.
Come join us for costumes, community, and (bring your own) chocolate!

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WJA Miami Sip + Share!


Hey there WJA family, how are you doing?
Can you believe it's been six months since the pandemic started?! Neither can we.
That's why we created a relaxing evening for the community to get together and talk about self-care. Take off your mask, pour your favorite adult beverage, and let's talk about what you're dealing with and how we can support each other.
What are your favorite self-care tips? How are you coping with being a parent during this time? What's it like running a business during quarantine? Let's have a real talk about all of this and more in a safe and relaxing (zoom) space.


Everyone who signs up will be entered into a drawing for our self care giveaways!




*A Moonflower Box from Moonflower Essentials




*A Silk Link Mask Chain from Emi Fine Jewelry

*Jewelry by Hope

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Miami Community Mastermind!

Join WJA Miami for our first virtual Community Mastermind meetup, facilitated by Jacqueline Cassaway, WJA President, International Board of Directors. Right now we are all looking at business, careers, and opportunities in a whole new way, and it's helpful to hear from fellow professionals in the industry. This event is a chance for us to gather, share ideas, and learn from each other!

 

HOW IT WORKS:

Each attendee will have a turn to share a business challenge/opportunity and ask for whatever support they would like on that topic. Because our WJA membership boasts professionals from all facets of the jewelry industry, the idea-sharing and advice will come from a variety of different perspectives.



Jacqueline Cassaway, WJA President, International Board of Directors

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You're Invited to the Women's Jewelry Association's
Biggest Celebration of the Year!
 

Join WJA on Monday, July 27th at 7:00pm EDT for a sparkling line up of speakers, including notable authors and a TED Talks speaker who will share how we can confidently lead into the future.

Our celebration will feature highlights of WJA programming, including our mentorship lifecycle and grants and scholarships offerings, and live conversations on diversity and the power of mentorship.
 
If you’re curious how to lead through constant change and transformation, submit your questions to us ahead of time and join these conversations the night of the event.

You can also support educational and career development opportunities for female and female-identifying jewelry professionals by donating to the WJA Foundation or bidding on a wide-range of services in our online auction.

Click here to learn more about the Women's Jewelry Association.
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Create Your New Normal


Virtual Vision Board Workshop


We are in the midst of the biggest collective shift of our time. Everything is changing and "normal" is no longer what it used to be - so it is time to "Create Our New".  Now is the time to create your new vision for yourself and for your world from the ground up. What if you took control of your future and your life mindfully instead of letting life happen to you?  State what you want and be bold enough to go out there and get it!
 
We are excited for Shanté Haymore-Kearney of Brown Goddess Collective host a Virtual Vision Board Workshop!
In this workshop you will create a digital vision board using mindfulness and meditation as a backdrop for this experience to get out of your head and into your heart to be guided by your intuition and creativity.
This Digital Vision Board can later be printed or added to a physical board too.
 
We will be practicing mindfulness, heart-centered meditation and envisioning what we want, while shifting our energy. Think about what’s next for you, for the country, for the world. You will write up some key words, and after doing that work, open up a blank doc.   
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WJA Miami celebrates Cinco de Mama!

We're bringing together our Miami (and beyond) community to celebrate all of our Mamas on Cinco de Mayo!


We are welcoming all kinds of mamas to this event- whether you have kids, fur babies, plants, or are simply being a mama to yourself- please join us. This night is all about self care and celebrating YOU! 
We will be starting our meeting with a short meditation to help you relax and unwind with Courtney Just. After the meditation, we will be sharing our favorite self care tips and tricks!

Come comfortable and casual or dress up and put on some makeup, whatever makes YOU feel good. Grab a glass of wine, some sparkling water, or a relaxing cup of tea, and join us for a special evening with community while we celebrate all mamas!

This event is open to both WJA members and non-members.

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WJA Miami April Virtual Happy Hour!


You're invited to WJA Miami's first Virtual Happy Hour!


Grab some wine, wear something comfortable, and join us for a special Zoom meeting. We want to hear how you are doing! Each Member will have a few minutes to introduce themselves and get connected to the WJA Miami community. Come ready to share one thing that the group can do to support you and one thing you can do to support the group. We are all in this together!


Zoom link will be sent via email upon registration, WJA Miami members have priority for this event.

This first Virtual Happy Hour will be limited to 20 members but don't worry because we'll have more fun ways to connect soon!
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WJA Miami Yoga + Wellness:
Love Yourself on International Women's Day!


This year on International Women's Day, we want to make sure you take time for yourself!

Join us for an hour and a half of yoga and relaxation with Malika at Enhanced Healing Yoga. This time is designed for all levels of experience and skill and will help build strength, flexibility, and understanding of yoga. The class includes instruction on yoga poses, breathing practices, and meditation. Malika will guide everyone and help modify poses according to your experience and any special needs from injuries, disability, or reduced range of movement. 
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WJA Miami Brunch + Learn:
Cultivate Your Money Mindset


Make 2020 your best year yet as you cultivate your money mindset with 
an inspiring WJA Brunch and Learn with Vena Sterling!
Discover your money mindset, tap into your inner wisdom, 
and create a powerful vision for your finances and life! During this workshop you'll gain clarity about any barriers that may be holding you back from having everything you desire. Afterwards join us for a healthy, nourishing brunch in the beautiful SAGEuary. Leave refreshed and ready to create an amazing year!


Come comfortably dressed in casual/yoga chic wear. We will be sitting on the floor on cushions and rugs, and feel free to bring additional cushions or blankets to make yourself comfortable. Notebooks and pens will be provided.
We will be serving water, coffee and tea in addition to the meal. 

 
Please make sure to RSVP by February 14th. Contact us at miamichapter@womensjewelryassociation.com if you're RSVP'ing after the 14th to confirm space availability.
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JANUARY

WJA Miami Open Board Meeting | Mix + Mingle
Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30-8:30pm

Join WJA Miami for our first event of the new year! We're inviting our new and returning WJA members as well as those who would like to learn more, to meet us and welcome 2020. There was a lot of growth in 2019, and we are looking to expand our WJA Miami team.

At 6:30pm we will be opening up our board meeting to share about the exciting events happening in 2020. 
We will also be sharing about opportunities for our members ready to get more involved and be a part of our expansion in Miami and South Florida. 

At 7:30pm we will be hosting our Mix + Mingle. Come meet new members, say hello to old friends, enjoy some light bites and drinks with Miami's premiere jewelry networking community! 

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NOVEMBER



WJA Miami Member Community Brunch


Join WJA Miami for our last event of the year! We are inviting our WJA members, new and returning, and those looking to learn more- to come have brunch at Cipriani Downtown Miami. We will be celebrating the amazing growth this year, as well as talking about what's coming in 2020.  Come celebrate with your community!
Each guest is responsible for their own meal, and can order a la carte from Cipriani's extensive menu and enjoy delicious appetizers, entrees, and drink specials.

Please make sure to RSVP by November 9th, or contact us at miamichapter@womensjewelryassociation.com if you're RSVP'ing after the 9th to confirm space availability.

 
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SEPTEMBER
Jewelry Night Out 2019
September 12th from 6:30-9pm


For one night only, the Women's Jewelry Association brings together designers, retailers, editors, marketers, appraisers, salespeople, manufacturers and members of industry organizations to share in their passion for the work they do all year long. Networking is our mainstay and this night is our shining moment across the nation and around the world.

Join the WJA Miami Chapter as we celebrate our one year anniversary and gather together with our amazing jewelry community! We are honored to host the WJA National President-Elect, Jacqueline Cassaway as our guest speaker. Jacqueline is Vice President of Merchandising for Starboard Cruse Services and brings a wealth of experience and value to the Miami jewelry community. 
Join or Renew online at time of ticket purchase. New members receive a 25% discount and renewals receive a 10% discount.
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AUGUST
Lunch and Learn in style with WJA Miami on Sunday, August 25th at Olivia Restaurant & Bar!
 
"Simply to Amplify your Business" Workshop
We have guest speaker Amy Lynn Hayes from The Global Creator Studio offering a workshop on business and coaching strategies for today's marketplace. This workshop is perfect for women in business, entrepreneurs, or those thinking about starting something new!

Your first drink is included in your ticket cost!
$5 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys 
Check out Olivia's delicious Lunch Menu
 
Due to limited spots, an RSVP is required. 

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JULY
Please join WJA Miami on July 17th, 2019 for an educational evening event, featuring guest speakers from Artco Group.

Artco Group houses planners, designers, manufacturers, and installers for custom retail store interiors. For over 30 years, Artco Group Inc. has worked diligently to perfect their products and sercives, with 100+ dedicated, highly skilled professionals, including architects, interior designers, structural engineers, project managers, CAD operators, artistans, craftsmen, and expert installers. Each members of the Artco team has a commitment to excellence, with a profound understanding of the latest rends, styles, and manufacturing techniques in the retail industry. Nationally recognized, Artco Group delivers the highest standards in design and craftsmanship at competetive prices. 
 


 
WJA Miami will host this event at Siamo's Restaurant in Miami Springs. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. There is an add-on option to purchase a WJA Miami custom tote bag when purchasing a ticket. These tote bags will also be available for sale at the event. 

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JUNE
Join the Miami community for a mid week pick me up! We'll be networking in the beautiful garden style bar, Lagniappe, on Wednesday, June 12th, 6pm.
 
 
   






















 



 
 
 
 
 
WJA MIAMI BOARD MEMBERS
 
President: Tiffany Joachim

President Elect:
Jenna Ramirez


Treasurer:  Hope Caton

Membership VP, Past President: Tracey Carswell

Programming VP:  Ana Maria Bedoya


Communications VP: Natacha Metayer

Members at Large: 
Debra Ballard

Jill Hornik
Rebecca Lee
Rekha-Leigh Punch
Denise Richards

Lorena Shaffman

Interested in learning more about WJA Miami, being on the Board or a Committee?  Click Here to Email Us!

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