WJA opens ticket sales for Excellence Awards gala with early pricing until September 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) On October 20, 2021, the Women’s Jewelry Association will host its annual Excellence Awards Gala at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The VIP fundraiser will dazzle with an exclusive in-person event and offer hundreds more the chance to connect virtually for an evening of networking and celebrate its two Visionary Award winners: Karen Goracke, CEO of Borsheims, and Fern Mallis, designer of New York Fashion Week.

Tickets are currently available on the WJA website for in-person and virtual events with preferential rates in effect until the end of September. A portion of ticket sales will directly benefit the Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 company established to support the WJA’s mission of providing scholarships and grants to businesses that empower women reach their full career potential.

Sponsorships are also available to support the fundraising event and WJA’s myriad of programs, including its Conversations on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion events, and the WJA Leadership Development Masterclass series.

During the event, WJA will share the importance of running a responsible and sustainable business and show how its industry partners have embraced this business model. The WJA Foundation will invite guests to learn more about its forward-looking, innovative responsible sourcing and sustainability fund, which enables industry leaders, emerging designers and students to apply for scholarships to participate in New York University’s world-renowned online sustainability programs.

In-person attendees can look forward to an extended cocktail party, a theater-style rewards program, and an after-party that provides ample time to mingle with industry leaders and their colleagues. The Virtual Awards of Excellence Gala will feature the full in-person program, including the awards ceremony. Attendees will also hear from a special speaker, Tensie Whelan, the former president of the Rainforest Alliance and the current director of the Center for Sustainable Business at New York University. She will describe the growing importance of sustainable development practices in business and the opportunities that exist for the jewelry and watch industry to integrate these practices into its business models.

In-person and virtual tickets are available at: www.womensjewelryassociation.com


WJA invites companies that encourage responsible business practices to join as sponsors of its gala. More information can be found here: womensjewelryassociation.com/awardsforexcellence

Donations to the WJA Foundation can be made directly here: womensjewelryassociation.com/foundation

Another way to support WJA is to open its online auctions on October 1, 2021. Details will be forthcoming.

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