Women's Jewelry Association (WJA), In The Know Conference 2015

In the upbeat town of New York City, the Women's Jewelry Association held their 11th annual "In The Know" conference which took place on March 10, 2015. Directly after the conference, the "In The Spotlight" awards ceremony followed, where charismatic and hard-working women in the jewelry industry were recognized. This year's conference had a theme entitled, "Connect and Transform." With a variety of guest speakers and two informative panels, the conference was a huge success!

Photo Credit: David Stewart Brown (DSB) Photography 

Welcome to the annual WJA "In The Know" Conference, a place where fine jewelry professionals are enlightened on topics relevant to their careers and/or business development. 

Welcome to the annual WJA "In The Know" Conference, a place where fine jewelry professionals are enlightened on topics relevant to their careers and/or business development. 

Step into New York City's very own, Convene, where the entirety of the event took place! 

Step into New York City's very own, Convene, where the entirety of the event took place! 

Meet one of the key members of the WJA International Board of Directors, Katie Dominesey. As VP of Education, she eloquently spoke about a variety of helpful topics to further attendees' careers in the jewelry industry. 

Meet one of the key members of the WJA International Board of Directors, Katie Dominesey. As VP of Education, she eloquently spoke about a variety of helpful topics to further attendees' careers in the jewelry industry. 

Gretchen Rubin, NY Times Bestselling Author, opens the conference with a talk on her recent book, The Happiness Project.

Gretchen Rubin, NY Times Bestselling Author, opens the conference with a talk on her recent book, The Happiness Project.

Time to peruse through Gretchen Rubin's masterpiece...

Time to peruse through Gretchen Rubin's masterpiece...

Gretchen taking a few moments to personalize books for attendees.

Gretchen taking a few moments to personalize books for attendees.

An inspiring, fun panel discussion with Pamela Love of Pamela Love NYC, Laura Freedman of Broken English Jewelry, and Helena Krodel of Luxe Intelligence.  

An inspiring, fun panel discussion with Pamela Love of Pamela Love NYC, Laura Freedman of Broken English Jewelry, and Helena Krodel of Luxe Intelligence.  

Time to break from all the insightful panels with a delicious lunch!

Time to break from all the insightful panels with a delicious lunch!

Time for a midday address with Marcy McGinnis, former Senior Vice President of CBS News. 

Time for a midday address with Marcy McGinnis, former Senior Vice President of CBS News. 

The fine and beautiful women of WJA attentively listening during the talks.

The fine and beautiful women of WJA attentively listening during the talks.

These lovely ladies of WJA strike a pose during break!

These lovely ladies of WJA strike a pose during break!

The conference concluded with a Q&A session with retail innovator, Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway. The Q&A session was moderated by our very own Managing Director, Jen Cullen Williams & Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America. 

The conference concluded with a Q&A session with retail innovator, Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway. The Q&A session was moderated by our very own Managing Director, Jen Cullen Williams & Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America

All smiles, Jen Cullen Williams of Luxury Brand Group and Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America pose with Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway and Shelly Schulz of Synchrony Financial post Q&A session. 

All smiles, Jen Cullen Williams of Luxury Brand Group and Amanda Gizzi of Jewelers of America pose with Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway and Shelly Schulz of Synchrony Financial post Q&A session. 

The informative conference was followed by "In The Spotlight", which is the association's celebration of the Shining Stars of the year! Congratulations to all of these hard-working, motivated ladies!

The informative conference was followed by "In The Spotlight", which is the association's celebration of the Shining Stars of the year! Congratulations to all of these hard-working, motivated ladies!

Here are some radiant post conference smiles, happy to have attended and learned so much!

Here are some radiant post conference smiles, happy to have attended and learned so much!

And that's a wrap...time to eat and greet with other professionals in the jewelry industry, before heading back to reality!  

And that's a wrap...time to eat and greet with other professionals in the jewelry industry, before heading back to reality!