The Providence Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association empowers women to achieve their highest personal and professional goals in the international jewelry, watch and related businesses. Members benefit from educational and networking opportunities, mentorship, scholarships, grants, design competitions and recognition programs.

Each year, we host two signature events: Providence Jewelry Night Out, a celebration of women in our industry held in concert with WJA chapters around the world, and our Annual Holiday Party. In 2019, we also offered a wide array of educational and networking events to empower women and foster community in the local jewelry industry. Those included a paint and wine night; several Rock Your Network cocktail parties; a spring In the Know featuring a guided walking tour of Providence’s Historic Jewelry District; and a fall In the Know, featuring a tour of the Gorham Silver exhibit at the RISD museum, followed by a cocktail party and expert speaker at the University Club. In 2020, our focus shifted to virtual events, such as a Halloween Bingo and a holiday recipe swap.

The coming year is shaping up to be even more exciting, and we can’t wait for you to see what’s in store. We want you to know how grateful we are for your continued support, and we will join us again in 2021. If you ever have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to any one of our board members.

Because of our affiliation with the national WJA, our members can take advantage of numerous scholarship and grant opportunities. Since 1996, the WJA has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to students in some of the best jewelry programs in the country. These include Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Rhode Island School of Design.


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President: Kerilyn Rodi, Armbrust International
President-Elect and Communications Vice President: Christine McDermott, Tri-Bro Manufacturing
Treasurer: Maureen Murphy
Membership Vice President: Joanne Gadwah, JMT Epoxy
Sponsorship/Fundraising: Susan Derouin


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