Women’s Jewelry Association and WJA Foundation Announce Strategic Affiliation: Gabrielle Grazi to Lead as President-Elect

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Marking a significant milestone in the jewelry industry, the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) and the WJA Foundation have unveiled a pivotal affiliation agreement. This collaboration, aimed at empowering women in the jewelry trade, appoints Gabrielle Grazi as the President-Elect of the WJA, aligning her leadership with the newly elected Foundation governing board.

A Unified Vision for WJA and WJA Foundation

The WJA, a 501(c)(6) organization, and the WJA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity, are joining forces to further their mission of uniting and empowering women in the jewelry industry. This partnership will streamline operations, enhance fundraising for member grants and scholarships, and integrate select WJA programs, such as The Jewelry Loupe Project, into the Foundation’s initiatives.

Gabrielle Grazi: A Trailblazer at the Forefront

Gabrielle Grazi steps into her role as WJA National President-Elect with a rich background in the industry. Currently the VP, Head of Retail Strategy and Partnerships at the Natural Diamond Council, Grazi’s expertise in retail strategy and educational resource enhancement is poised to drive the WJA’s mission forward.

Her previous roles at Signet Jewelers and experiences at Liz Claiborne, Juicy Couture, and Limited Too have shaped her skills in leadership, retail, and team development. Grazi is known for her dedication to equity, inclusion, and fostering a collaborative and diverse workplace culture.

Introducing the 2024 Foundation Board

The WJA is proud to introduce the 2024 Foundation board members. Nikia Levesque, VP of Marketing at Day’s Jewelers, joins as Foundation Vice President. Annie Doresca, CFO at Jewelers of America, continues her role as Treasurer. Tiffany Stevens, President, CEO, and General Counsel for Jewelers Vigilance Committee, takes on the role of VP Communications.

Expanding Educational and Networking Opportunities

Under Grazi’s leadership, the WJA is set to expand its educational initiatives, networking opportunities, and advocacy for the professional growth of women in the jewelry and watch industries.

About Women’s Jewelry Association

Founded in 1983, the Women’s Jewelry Association is dedicated to advancing women professionals in the jewelry and watch industries. It offers networking, educational resources, scholarships, and recognition programs. The organization’s global network spans diverse roles, from designers and manufacturers to retailers and media representatives, facilitating professional growth through a variety of programs and services.

For more information, visit Women’s Jewelry Association. For membership, sponsorship, and partnership inquiries, email info@womensjewelryassociation.com. For press inquiries, contact Pietra Communications at 212-913-9761 or info@pietrapr.com.

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