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.
In the Know keynote speakers author Gretchen Rubin (L) and
Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway
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.
For more information, visit womensjewelryassociation.com.