Watch: How Is the Industry Doing When It Comes to Diversity?

Mar 31, 2023

Watch: How Is the Industry Doing When It Comes to Diversity?

Annie Doresca and Michelle Graff welcome Reggie Johnson and Sheryl Jones for a frank conversation on the state of DEI in fine jewelry.

In May 2020, the murder of George Floyd ignited protests and conversations about racism and racial inequity and injustice not only in the United States but also around the world.

Industries, from entertainment to fashion to fine jewelry, made promises to be more inclusive and increase diversity and representation.

So, how are we doing?

Jewelers of America Chief Financial Officer Annie Doresca and National Jeweler Editor-in-Chief Michelle Graff recently sat down with jewelry designer Sheryl Jones and Reggie Johnson, Signet Jewelers’ chief diversity officer and senior vice president of Field Human Resources for North America, to talk about it.

On the latest episode of “My Next Question,” they discussed how to find diverse candidates and rated the industry on a scale of 1-10 in terms of its diversity and inclusion efforts five years ago versus today.

Watch the full session above and please join us for the next episode of “My Next Question” on Tuesday, April 18.

Jewelers of America’s Susan Posnock and National Jeweler Associate Editor Lenore Fedow will be discussing hiring and retaining employees with Constance Polamalu, chief operating officer of Zachary’s Jewelers; Peter Harts, senior manager of career services at the Gemological Institute of America; and Adrianne Sanogo, a founding board member and education chair of the Black in Jewelry Coalition.

Learn more and register to attend here.

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Michelle Graffis the editor-in-chief at National Jeweler, directing the publication’s coverage both online and in print.

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