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Black In Jewelry Coalition Launches Educational Program Promoting Diversity In Industry November 28, 2021 (0 comments)


New York, NY—The Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC), the first international non-profit membership organization for the advancement of Black professionals in the gem, jewelry, and watch industry, is hosting The Jewelry Industry I.D.E.A. educational program, promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equity for all. This two-part online educational program will help every person in the jewelry industry recognize and confront ingrained cultural biases that create profound community damage and break down cohesion in the workplace. 

“The jewelry industry’s leading organizations have joined forces with one common goal—to provide a complimentary inclusivity and diversity educational program designed to be accessible for everyone that works in the jewelry, gem and watch industry,” says BIJC President Annie Doresca. The Jewelry Industry I.D.E.A. Training Program is presented in partnership with American Gem Society (AGS), Buyers Intelligence Group (BIG), Ethical Metalsmiths, Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT), Jewelers of America (JA), Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA), Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA). 

The program features information-rich webinars that will be available to watch live or on-demand. All attendees that complete both sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Both sessions are free of charge and will offer replays through July. 

Get Rid of the BS will be held January 19, 2022, 2:00 p.m. EST, with Risha Grant, a renowned expert on diversity and inclusion. Her no-holds-barred style will tackle hard but necessary questions about how to address social unrest and racial injustice. She’ll also offer practical advice for how to confront and get past biases to create more respectful, diverse, and inclusive communities. Click here to register

Risha Grant

Encounters with Bias and Racism: A Panel Discussion will be held February 16, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Listen to first-person accounts of bias and racism in the retail setting, from both consumers and employees. This session will use real-world scenarios to showcase how each encounter could have been avoided. The panel will be led by Reggie Johnson, chief diversity officer/senior vice president at Signet Jewelers, and a director for the Black in Jewelry Coalition. Click here to register. After registering for one or both sessions, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.

Reggie Johnson

Click here to learn more about the Jewelry Industry I.D.E.A. educational program and membership with BIJC. 

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