Diamond Empowerment Fund Announces New Leadership

The organization has named six new board members and new officers, including JCK Events’ Yancy Weinrich

The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has elected new officers and six new board members.

Phyllis Bergman, CEO of Mercury Ring, will continue as president. Ed Hrabak, chief operating officer for Signet Jewelers, has been elected vice-president; Yancy Weinrich (pictured), senior vice president of JCK Events, was elected secretary; and Rich Slomovitz, chief financial officer of Rush Communications will continue as treasurer.

New board members include: Kathy Corey, owner of Day’s Jewelers; Beth Gerstein, cofounder and co-CEO of Brilliant Earth; Eddie LeVian, CEO of Le Vian Corp.; Russell Mehta, managing director of Rosy Blue; Michael Pollak, president of Hyde Park Jewelers; and Susan Wicht, adviser for the Global Language Project.

“Maintaining a global, diverse, and high-level board membership will help the Diamond Empowerment Fund continue to grow its mission of supporting initiatives that empower people in diamond communities and shining a light on the good that is done with diamonds,” said cofounder Benjamin Chavis in a statement. 


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