Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) and Jewelers of America (JA) have jointly developed the Emerging Jewelers Accelerator Program (EJAP), a series of interactive workshops to provide selected new retail jewelry entrepreneurs with a deeper understanding of how to build and maintain a successful business in the jewelry industry.

The EJAP program consists of a cohort of five carefully selected retail jewelry entrepreneurs and a wide variety of established subject-matter experts (SME). The SMEs will lead interactive workshops during the eight-month program.

After the workshops are complete, participants will provide a presentation encapsulating the program’s educational content and how it would be utilized in their business. One of the participants will be eligible to receive a $5,000 grant. The remaining four will be awarded $1,250 each. Following the completion of the EJAP program, the cohort will continue to have access to periodic check-in calls, quarterly workshops, and invitations to industry events.

2024 EJAP Retailer Cohort

Patricia Carruth
| Your Personal Jeweler, Royal Oak, MI
Cloyette Harris-Stoute | Twin Elegance Jewelry, St. Albans, NY
Soojin Kim | Suu Atelier, Los Angeles, CA
Madeline & Karen Ormaza | Armonia Jewelry, Lawrence, MA
Ashley Perryman | Jewelry Lady, Indianapolis, IN

2024 Subject Matter Experts

Business Strategy

Valerie Madison | Owner, Creative Director & Designer at Madison Jewelers

Mariel Diaz | Founder & Director at Accounting for Jewelers LLC 


Annie Doresca | Chief Financial Officer at Jewelers of America
Lisa Jones | Vice President, Human Resources at Gemological Institute of America


Cecilia Gardner | Attorney at Cecilia L. Gardner, Esq. 

Product Development/Jewelry Forensics
Emily Phillipy | Owner & Founder of Emily Chelsea Jewelry Inc. 
Adrianne Sanogo | GIA GG, Co-founding Board Member and Education Chair at Black in Jewelry Coalition 

Ethical Sourcing

Christine Malle | Owner of Christina Malle Designs 


Manos Phoundoulakis | Co-Founder & Director of Happiness at Select Source, Inc.


Deanna Thornton | Founder of Thornton Digital Consulting, LLC


John Kennedy | President of Jewelers Security Alliance 


Tina Olm | Vice President, Shipping Solutions at Jewelers Mutual Group

EJAP Committee

Regina Ciarleglio | Director of Membership at Jewelers of America 
Annie Doresca | Chief Financial Officer at Jewelers of America 
Molly Fallon | Director of Marketing & Communications at Jewelers of America 
Sharie Fogarty | Executive Administration Manager at Jewelers of America 
Dahlia Fyffe | Member Service & Certification Specialist at Jewelers of America 
Amanda Gizzi | Director of PR & Special Events at Jewelers of America 
Lisa Jones | Vice President, Human Resources at Gemological Institute of America
Malyia McNaughton | GIA GG & CEO of Made by Malyia 
Susan Posnock | Director of Public Affairs & Education at Jewelers of America 
Adrianne Sanogo | GIA GG, Co-founding Board Member and Education Chair at Black in Jewelry Coalition 

Thank You to Our Supporters

The EJAP is made possible thanks to a grant from  the JCK Industry Fund. 

About the JCK Industry Fund
The mission of the JCK Industry Fund is to support the jewelry industry’s long-term success and growth by providing grant funding to impactful organizations with the vision and programming to drive sustainable improvements across the industry.

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