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WJA Honors Women Who Drive Equality

New category will debut at the annual Awards for Excellence.
Feb 21, 2018 9:48 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has announced the honorees for its Visionary Awards, the newest category in its Awards for Excellence.

The awards, which will take place in New York in July, recognize those aimed at advancing women’s equality within the industry. The event will mark the WJA’s 35th anniversary.

“The WJA board voted to introduce its Visionary Awards as a way to mark our anniversary and to recognize individuals and organizations making a difference in the cause of women’s equality,” WJA board president Jenny Luker said in a statement Tuesday. “Our four awards will go to women who are the first to hold their high positions of leadership in their companies, and to organizations that are providing support and mentorship to women.”

The WJA aims to aid the advancement of women in the jewelry and watch industry.

The Visionary Award honorees are as follows:

Mercedes Abramo, CEO of Cartier North America, and a key advocate for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an international business-plan competition for women entrepreneurs, which aims to support projects that solve contemporary global challenges.

Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts On Fire, responsible for all company operations around the world, and the integration of Hearts On Fire into Chow Tai Fook’s retail network.

Nadja Swarovski, the first female member of the Swarovski executive board, and leader of the company’s global branding and communications (pictured). She created a charity bracelet in cooperation with UN women, and is in charge of Swarovski’s sustainability program, and the Swarovski Foundation, both of which focus on promoting women’s empowerment. She is also an ambassador for Women for Women International, and has propelled Swarovski to join the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and the UN Global Compact.

De Beers, jointly with UN Women, who together have formed a three-year partnership to accelerate the advancement of women throughout the De Beers organization.
Tags: Awards for Excellence, Cartier, Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, Caryl Capeci, Chow Tai Fook, De Beers, Hearts On Fire, Jenny Luker, Mercedes Abramo, Nadja Swarovski, Rapaport News, Swarovski, UN Global Compact, UN Women, UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, Visionary Awards, wja, Women for Women International, Women’s Jewelry Association
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