BIJC launches an educational program

(PRESS RELEASE) The Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC), the premier international nonprofit organization for the advancement of black professionals in the gemstone, jewelry and watchmaking industry, is hosting The Jewelry Industry IDEA educational program, promoting inclusiveness, diversity and equity for all. Sponsored by leading jewelry industry organizations, this two-part online educational program will help everyone in the jewelry industry recognize and confront entrenched cultural biases that create deep community damage and break cohesion. At work.

“Leading organizations in the jewelry industry have joined forces with a common goal: to provide a free educational program on inclusion and diversity designed to be accessible to all who work in the jewelry industry, precious stones and watchmaking, ”said Annie Doresca, President of BIJC.

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The two-part program will feature informative webinars that will be available to watch live or on demand. All participants who complete both sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Both sessions are free and will offer reruns until July.

Get rid of BS
January 19, 2022, 2 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Risha Grant, a renowned diversity and inclusion expert, will host “Get Rid of the BS”. Risha has a flawless style and will tackle difficult but necessary questions of how to tackle social unrest and racial injustice. She will also offer practical advice on how to confront and overcome prejudices to create more respectful, diverse and inclusive communities.


Registration is now available here.

Encounters with Prejudice and Racism: A Group Discussion
February 16, 2022, 2 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Hear first-person testimonials about prejudice and racism in retail from consumers and employees. This session will use real-world scenarios to show how every encounter could have been avoided. The panel will be chaired by Reggie Johnson, Director of Diversity / Senior Vice President at Signet Jewelers and Director of the Black in Jewelry Coalition. Registration for this session is now available. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about registering for the webinar.

The Jewel Industry IDEA training program is offered by Black in Jewelry Coalition and 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 Jewelery Council (RJC) and Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA).

Visit to learn more about the jewelry industry’s IDEA educational program and BIJC membership.


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