WJA Names Conference Keynoters

In the Know keynote speakers author Gretchen Rubin (L) and
Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway
The Women's Jewelry Association announces its two keynote speakers for the annual WJA In The Know Conference, to take place March 10, 2015, at a new location: Convene, at 730 Third Avenue in New York City.

At 9 a.m., WJA In the Know will kick off with opening keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin, the author of “The Happiness Project,” The New York Times #1 bestseller.

Rubin's talk is entitled: "The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun."

Rubin's pursuit of happiness began one rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, when she found herself asking: "What do I want from life, anyway?" Rubin answered her own question: "I want to be happy." In a flash, Rubin decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project, in which she would test drive the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

Response to Rubin's Happiness Project has been explosive. There are now Happiness Project groups, blogs, and personal initiatives springing up across the country and on social networks. In 2015, she'll publish a new book, “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives,” which explores how habits are the invisible architecture of a happy, strong, and productive life.

To close the WJA In the Know conference, WJA will host keynote speaker Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway, a retail service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals.

Initially a purely e-commerce company, Rent the Runway has expanded into brick-and-mortar as well, with locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas.

As the company states: "By giving people access to remarkable luxury experiences, we're changing the meaning of ownership -- and revolutionizing retail in the process. We exist because we believe a beautiful product shouldn't only be experienced by owning it."

Dubbed by The New York Times as "a Netflix Model for Haute Couture," Rent the Runway was co-founded by Hyman, who was also named among Fortune magazine's "Trailblazers: 11 People Who Are Changing Business," Forbes's "Most Disruptive Names in Business," and Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology." Hyman's talk is entitled: "The Material Economy versus the Experiential Economy."

WJA's new In The Know meeting space, the ultramodern Convene, will allow the conference to grow in 2015, and also to host its annual In The Spotlight evening event on the same day.

In The Spotlight honors WJA regional chapters' Shining Stars -- those chapter members who have given extraordinary service to their individual chapters throughout the past year. It also honors WJA DIVAS, the winners of the association's annual design competition.

Tickets for both events will go on sale in January.

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MSNBC’s Ramberg Will Deliver Pre-Opening Keynote for JA Show

JJ Ramberg will be the keynote speaker prior to the JA New York Show on January 18.
JA New York Shows, in conjunction with their partner Jewelers of America, has announced JJ Ramberg as a special keynote speaker prior to the show’s opening on January 18 at the Jacob Javits Center.

Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s popular Your Business show, as well as the author of Wall Street Journal best-seller, "It’s Your Business — 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business."

Ramberg will speak to both exhibitors and retailers at a session that will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the opening day of the show in the lobby of the Javits Center and will offer insight, expertise and practical tips that she’s garnered as both a business journalist, as well as an entrepreneur. A Q&A period will follow Ramberg’s presentation -- “Tips to Help Your Small Business Grow.”

“We are thrilled to partner with JA to offer our community such a compelling keynote speaker,” said JA's New York show director, Drew Lawsky. “Holding the session before the show opens offers both retailers and exhibitors the opportunity to benefit from the speaker’s business savvy without taking away from the day’s business.”

In addition to the keynote speaker, JA is also offering extensive education sessions throughout Sunday and Monday of the show. Highlights of these educational sessions include a panel on online reputation management, the importance of search engine optimization, effective negotiating, social media and 3D printing.

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WDC Members Support Group’s Mission

Members of the World Diamond Council, gathering in Delhi, India, for an informal meeting, have issued a statement emphasizing their strong and unequivocal support of the WDC's mission and its leadership position in the struggle against conflict diamonds.

"In response to the various reports in the media about the WDC, we wish to reiterate that we value the role the WDC plays in the Kimberley Process and, by extension, the meaningful role of the KP in the global diamond industry and trade. We therefore call attention to the WDC's mission statement and reconfirm and pledge our continuous and full support to the WDC and its objectives," the statement notes.

The WDC mission statement says as follows: "The primary objective of the WDC is to represent the diamond industry in the development and implementation of regulatory and voluntary systems to control the trade in diamonds embargoed by the United Nations or covered by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme."

Among the meeting's participants were Ernest Blom, President of World Federation of Diamond Bourses; Edward Asscher, President of the World Diamond Council, WDC; Ronnie VanderLinden, Secretary General of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA); and Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation.

The informal WDC meeting preceded the inaugural World Diamond Conference in India that was held in Delhi, December 11-12, under the joint patronage of the Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council and the World Diamond Mark Foundation.

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Stuller Names KDM Retail Preferred Partner For Jewelry Showcases

Interior design from Stuller and KDM

Stuller, one of the largest jewelry manufacturers and suppliers to jewelry retailers, has now enabled its customers to have direct access to Stuller’s preferred jewelry showcase manufacturer partner, KDM Retail.

KDM Retail, the retail environments division of KDM P.O.P. Solutions Group, previously partnered with Stuller for the launch of the Interiors by Stuller division, which was developed to provide turnkey services to their customers.

David Hollingshead, the Director of Interiors for Interiors by Stuller, has been hired by KDM Retail as a National Account Manager for the jewelry and specialty retailer verticals.

While at Stuller, Hollingshead and the Interiors team were responsible for the design of award-winning jewelry store interiors.

The transition from Stuller to KDM Retail has allowed Stuller to focus on their core business while passing along the opportunity for their customers to work directly with KDM for their jewelry showcases and store interiors.

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