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WJA Announces Speakers and Sponsors for Virtual 2020 Awards for Excellence July 27  July 15, 2020 (0 comments)


New York, NY—The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) has announced its keynote speakers for its online 2020 Awards for Excellence celebration. The event will take place July 27 at at 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Keynote speakers will be Jim Hemerling of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Dolly Meese (above left) of Brighthouse (a BCG company), who will address business transformation, managing change, and purpose. Winners of WJA’s recent grants and scholarships will also be highlighted at the event.

Hemerling is a senior partner, managing director, and fellow at Boston Consulting Group. His experience includes working with clients around the world in technology, consumer, financial, and manufacturing industries. He is the author of several books and his work has appeared in Bloomberg BusinessweekFortuneForbes, The EconomistManager Magazine, and on TED Talks and CNBC.

Meese is global head of offerings and managing director of BrightHouse, a global creative consultancy. An engineer by education, her 20 years of experience have spanned corporate America and independent owners, providing her a unique perspective for her clients.  She is the co-author, with Hemerling and others, of “Purpose with the Power to Transform Your Organization,” and she also contributed to a paper entitled “The Rewards of an Engaged Female Workforce.”

“Jim’s and Dolly’s keynotes will explain how businesses can move confidently into a future that’s rapidly evolving,” says WJA executive director Jennifer Markas. “As Jim notes, these times require agility and flexibility, but asking employees to constantly adapt can take a toll if company leaders don’t inspire and empower them. Dolly’s presentation will take a deep dive into the importance of underscoring a company’s purpose as a ‘North Star’ to help teams focus on what’s constant, amid a sea of change.

“WJA is thrilled to partner with our Transformation sponsors, BCG and Citizen, to sponsor these timely addresses.”

Jim Hemerling

The Natural Diamond Council is the Leadership sponsor of WJA’s Awards for Excellence virtual event. NDC participation supports the efforts of the WJA Foundation, and WJA’s mission to empower women through community, connection, and collaboration. Forevermark is the Empowerment sponsor of the event, and Jewelers of America is WJA’s Mentorship sponsor. Both organizations support the professional growth of women in the jewelry industry.

WJA will also make available two additional separate sessions after its virtual event, on the topics of diversity and mentorship. The diversity conversation will center around how business can improve the outcomes for people of color by leading with purpose, and understanding the economic and professional barriers to entry. In the mentorship session, WJA will outline its extensive mentorship opportunities and explore what makes a good mentor relationship.

“The WJA Awards for Excellence gala will raise funds to support a new generation of women in the jewelry and watch industries, through our grant and scholarship programs,” says WJA board president Jacqueline Cassaway. “This year, our online celebration’s keynote speakers will add welcome clarity on leadership during the ever-changing times in which we find ourselves. We look forward to virtually ‘seeing’ you all on July 27.” 

To register for WJA’s Awards for Excellence Virtual Event, click here. To become a sponsor, contact Jennifer Markas at

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