Malyia McNaughton to Become BIJC Board President

MajorsDec 19, 2023

Malyia McNaughton to Become BIJC Board President

The jewelry designer and GIA G.G. will step into the role next year as the organization welcomes three new members to its board.

Jeffery Bolling, Pat Dambe, and Thomas Davis
She will lead a board that will include three new members, from left, Jeffery Bolling, Pat Dambe, and Thomas Davis.
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New York—The Black in Jewelry Coalition will have a new president and welcome new members to its board next year, the organization announced Monday.

In 2024, current BIJC Board President and Jewelers of America Chief Financial Officer Annie Doresca will transition to treasurer and current BIJC Treasurer Malyia McNaughton, a Gemological Institute of America Graduate Gemologist and the designer behind the Made by Malyia brand, will become BIJC board president. 

Doresca and McNaughton are among the co-founders of BIJC. 

“As we reflect on BIJC’s accomplishments in its first three years, I am deeply grateful for the dedication and resilience of our team. Together, we have achieved significant milestones in promoting diversity and equity within the jewelry industry,” Doresca said. 

“I look forward to witnessing and being a part of BIJC’s continued growth under the exceptional leadership of Malyia. With her at the helm, I am confident that BIJC will reach new heights, making an even greater impact on our industry.”

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Also in 2024, three jewelry industry professionals will join the BIJC board.

The new board members are: Jeffery Bolling, district manager at Signet Jewelers with more than 30 years of industry experience; Thomas Davis, director of business development at Select Jewelry Inc., who brings a wealth of experience in corporate management, specialty retail, manufacturing, merchandising, sales, and celebrity branding; and Pat Dambe, director of marketing and brand development within Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals and Energy. Dambe has more than 30 years of executive experience working for corporations and luxury brands in the United States and Africa.

Bolling, Davis, and Dambe join the continuing BIJC co-founders and board members in leading the organization.

They are: 
Elyssa Jenkins-Pérez, director of membership and marketing at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, who will serve as board vice president;
Lisa Jones, vice president of human resources at GIA, who will serve as board secretary;
Nellie Barnett, GIA’s manager of corporate communications, who will serve as communications chair;
Reginald Johnson, Signet Jewelers’ chief diversity officer and senior vice president for human resources in North America, who will serve as nominations chair;
Adrianne Sanogo, GIA G.G., who will serve as education chair;
Miya Owens, corporate counsel at Amazon, who will serve as a board member; and
Lisette Scott, founder of Jam + Rico, who will serve as a board member.

BIJC’s 2024 board of directors is prepared to guide the organization toward a future marked by increased inclusivity, educational initiatives, and advocacy for Black professionals within the jewelry sector, the organization said.

For more information, visit the BIJC website.

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