WJN launches Birmingham International Women’s Day event after London sells out

The Women’s Jewellery Network has announced a second social event to mark International Women’s Day 2018 after the London edition sold out within three days.

Taking place at the Assay Office Birmingham on March 8 2018, the second event is open to women and men working in the jewellery industry, offering networking and inspiring talks with leading lights and emerging talent from the jewellery industry.

Kicking off at 5.30pm, guests will be welcomed by AnchorCert Academy director Marion Wilson and WJN Midlands ambassador Nyasha Pitt.

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Promising to share sage advice, Stella Layton MBA, the UK’s first female Assay Master and former Cookson Precious Metals chief executive officer, is the evening’s keynote speaker, supported by The Company of Master Jewellers’ executive director of business development and marketing, Lucy Reece-Raybould, who will ask the question #NoGlassCeiling?

A lively panel discussion will follow, led by Professor Marylyn Carrigan, formerly of the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) at Coventry University, now director of research at Keele Management School. Carrigan will pose the question: What changes need to be made and what progress can the WJN and the industry make to improve equality in the sector?

Carrigan will be joined by Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes, jewellery industry consultant Michael Donaldson and emerging jewellery talent and 2017 Kickstarter and GC&DC Award winner Farrah Al-Dujaili, alongside Stella Layton and Lucy Reece-Raybould.

Culminating in an audience Q&A, the evening will mark the first in a series of WJN events for the Midlands, overseen by its UK Ambassador network.

“We are thrilled to be able to host two inspiring evenings for women and men working in the UK trade on International Women’s Day 2018, and look forward to welcoming faces new and familiar to our evening in Birmingham, housed in the welcoming surrounds of AnchorCert Academy,” shares Women’s Jewellery Network founder, Victoria McKay. “Following the sell-out success of our London event, we look forward to great success in the Midlands, too.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £10 per person, on sale from January 30 via EventBrite, with all proceeds donated to women’s charity Smart Works, based in Birmingham.

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