WJA Hosts Inaugural Women Executives Forum on International Women’s Day

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) hosted the inaugural Women Executives Forum in New York City to build purposeful relationships among top women leaders across the jewelry and watch sectors.

Held in celebration of International Women’s Day, nearly 25 leaders discussed ways to:

  • Identify and develop female leaders
  • Prepare for the future of jewelry retail – and the rise of the female self-purchaser
  • Create partnerships within the industry to achieve those goals

The forum’s co-chairs were Gina Drosos, CEO, Signet Jewelers, sponsor of the event; and Caryl Capeci, President, Chow Tai Fook North America. Jenny Luker, President of WJA and President of the Platinum Guild International, facilitated the focused discussion.       

WJA will take a leading role in planning future forums to continue to grow additional networks and partnerships, the group said.

“The purpose of our discussion was to challenge current thinking and brainstorm how to drive the future success of our businesses, said Luker. “This group of women represented a depth and breadth of leadership and experience that will allow us to achieve our goals.”

WJA Executive Director, Bernadette Mack, added, “The association was delighted to bring together the industry’s top women leaders - who found synergy around some of the most important issues facing the industry today. This forum sparked discussions that will make meaningful progress for women’s leadership and areas of business growth.”

The Women's Jewelry Association mission is to help women in the jewelry and watch industries advance and develop professionally through networking, education, leadership development, and the provision of member services.

Pictured above left to right: Event Co-Chair, Caryl Capeci, President, Chow Tai Fook North America, Event Co-Chair, Gina Drosos, CEO, Signet Jewelers, Bernadette Mack, Executive Director, Women’s Jewelry Association and Jenny Luker, President, Women’s Jewelry Association and President, Platinum Guild International.