Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you're RSVP'ing after the 9th to confirm space availability.